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An Ocean, an Airplane, and Two Countries Full of Kisses

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Taking excerpts from letters that go back over fifty years, An Ocean, an Airplane, and Two Countries Full of Kisses is an introspective journey on how one woman learned to celebrate her Italian heritage while living and raising a family in the Deep South. With honesty and humor, and fortified with memories of her Italian Nonna (grandmother) and the letters she wrote through the years, the author shares how the hyphen between the words Italian and American became a bridge between espresso and Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, red wine and pit barbecue, the Amalfi Coast and Hilton Head Island, and la dolce vita and life in Georgia. And along the way she discovers how everything somehow always circles back to Nonna. 

“So week after week, and year after year, she folded love into sheets of paper, stuffed hugs and kisses into an envelope, and with prayers and an airmail stamp sent everything from Verona, Italy all the way to America.”