books of the week

Books of the Week: 17th -22nd February

22 Febbraio 2014 at 15:55 By

MACCHIAVELLI FOR MOMS: Maxims on the Effective Governance of Children
by Suzanne Evans
Susan Evans is a woman, newly remarried and with four kids under the age of eight: she is tired of her household chaos and children’s tantrums. An idea! She turns to Machiavelli’s political treatis, The Prince and  applies the maxim  “It is dangerous to be overly generous”. She soon  realizes that her  kids behave rightly when they are given clear limits. The book is the story of a crazy experiment: a year following  Machiavelli’s The Prince to “rule” a disobedient family.
THE AUTHOR – Suzanne Evans, married with four children, former divorce lawyer, business and sports reporter,  has worked  as a journalist for various magazines and as a freelance for The History Channel website. She  is  the creator of The History Chef, a popular food history blog for parents and kids.

WHAT DO WOMEN WANT? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire by Daniel Bergner

Following extensive researches and interviews to experts and everyday women Daniel Bergner turns upside-down everything we thought about  the idea that women desire more intimacy and commitment than men.  He starts trying to answer questions like : are women perhaps the less monogamous sex? What effect do intimacy and emotional connection really have on lust? What is the role of narcissism in female sexuality? Surely What Do Women Want? Will raise discussion …
THE AUTHOR – Daniel Bergner is a writer for the New York Times Magazine and his issues also appear on many fashionable magazines. He wrote  four non-fiction books : What Do Women Want?, The Other Side of Desire; In the Land of Magic Soldiers, and God of the Rodeo.  His writing is included in The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction.

LA BELLA E LA BESTIA (Beauty and the Beast) by Vanessa Rubio-Barreau
It is the novelization of the film Beauty and the Beast. The story deals with a rich merchant,  widower with six children; three sons and three daughters. He loves all of them but especially Belle. Unfortunaly one day three of his ships sink, he loses everything and moves to the countryside with his family. The first time theygo back to town while  the daughters buy  dresses and make ups,  Belle wants just a rose…but it is the rose of the Beast, the monstrous owner of a spellbound castle. Only Belle can solve the situation and make of the Beats a free and lovely man. The original fairy tale dates back to 1740  by  Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, then readapted by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont. The second version is the most famous in Europe and was the one retold by Charles Perrault.
THE AUTHOR –  Vanessa Rubio-Barreaustudied at the  Sorbonne Nouvell and is a translator for Gallimard Jeunesse.

SETTE ANNI DI VACCHE SOBRIE (seven years of sober cows) by  Marco Magnani

The main question the book tries to answer  is : can we change the course of this economic crisis? The ansewr is positive but Italian people  have to face many new challenges and work on their cultural patrimony, their ability as enterpreneurs, reseachers, and craftsmen. The author  – an Italian economist at Harvard university – gives a detached judgment of the Italian situation,  spurring on institutions and people to plan the future of Italy.
THE AUTHOR – Marco Magnani is a graduate in Economics of the University of Rome and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He has been working in investment banking for over 15 years.  As a Senior Fellow his research work, “Italy 2030,” will focus on key economic reforms needed by Italy in the long-term.  Appointed Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, he is on the WEF Global Agenda Council for Banking and Capital Markets, and  President of the Board of American Field Service Italy.

AMICHE MIE  (My Friends) by Silvia Ballestra

Sofia, Carla, Norma e Vera are four women with everyday problems to face. Their children attend the same school  in Milan and they have a coffee in the morning together before going to work. They all have passions and manias: Sofia is obsessed by food and meals; Carla feels anxiety for her precarious job and unhappy marriage; Norma has just left her husband and Vera is the breadwinner of her family as her husband has lost her job. And as Vera’s husband will dramatically change her life, the other friends will meet to discuss and reflect about her drama. Silvia Balestra faces the great family matters of our time  with irony and paassion, using a vivid but careful language.
THE AUTHOR  – Silvia Ballestra, works and lives in  Milano. She has written novels, short stories, essays and translations including Compleanno dell’iguana, Gli Orsi, Nina, I giorni della Rotonda and  La guerra degli Antò adapted into a film directed by  Riccardo Milani.

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