Wandering Through Life: A Memoir

Wandering Through Life: A Memoir
Wandering Through Life: A Memoir
Wandering Through Life: A Memoir

This title has a release date of September 19, 2023. See below for more information.

Written by: Donna Leon

Wandering Through Life: A Memoir Release Date

Wandering Through Life: A Memoir releases September 19, 2023

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September 19, 2023

Wandering Through Life: A Memoir Release Date

Wandering Through Life: A Memoir released on September 19, 2023.

Wandering Through Life: A Memoir Synopsis

The internationally bestselling author of the Guido Brunetti mysteries tells her own adventurous life story as she enters her eighties

In a series of vignettes full of affection, irony, and good humor, Donna Leon narrates a remarkable life she feels has rather more happened to her than been planned.

Following a childhood in the company of her New Jersey family, with frequent visits to her grandfather’s farm and its beloved animals, and summers spent selling homegrown tomatoes by the roadside, Leon got her first taste of the classical music and opera that would enrich her life. She also developed a yen for adventure. In 1976, she made the spontaneous decision to teach English in Iran, before finding herself swept up in the early days of the 1979 Revolution. After teaching stints in China and Saudi Arabia, she finally landed in Venice. Leon vividly animates her decades-long love affair with Italy, from her first magical dinner when serving as a chaperone to a friend, to the hunt for the perfect cappuccino, to the warfare tactics of grandmothers doing their grocery shopping at the Rialto Market. Some things remain constant throughout the decades: her adoration of opera, especially Handel’s vocal music, her advocacy for the environment, embodied in her passion for bees―which informs the surprising crux of the Brunetti mystery Earthly Remains. Yet as Leon inspects the cracks in the wall of a friend’s bedroom, caused by vibrations from the seven-story cruise ships making their way down Venice’s canals, she admits regretfully that mass tourism has rendered the city less and less appealing to its longtime chronicler.

Having recently celebrated her eightieth birthday, Leon poignantly confronts the dual challenges and pleasures of aging. Complete with a brief letter dissuading those hoping to meet Guido Brunetti at the Questura, and always suffused with music, food, and her sharp sense of humor, Wandering through Life offers Donna Leon at her most personal.

Kindle release date: September 21, 2023

Wandering Through Life: A Memoir

Hardcover release date: September 19, 2023

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