The Stone Boudoir by Theresa Maggio
Travels Through the Hidden Villages of Sicily

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In this sparkling book, Theresa Maggio takes us on a journey in search of Sicily’s most remote and least explored mountain towns. Using her grandparents’ ancestral village of Santa Margherita Belice as her base camp, she pores over old maps to plot her adventure, selecting as her targets the smallest dots with the most appealing names. Whether she’s writing about the unique pleasures of Sicilian street food, the damage wrought by molten lava, the ancient traditions of Sicilian bagpipers, or the religious processions that consume entire villages for days on end, Maggio succeeds in transporting readers to a wholly unfamiliar world, where almonds flower in February and the water tastes of stone. A beautifully wrought meditation on time and place, The Stone Boudoir will be cherished by all who love fine travel writing.

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Theresa Maggio grew up in the New Jersey Meadowlands, the granddaughter of Sicilian immigrants, and has worked as a free-lance travel and science writer since the early 1990s. The author of Mattanza, which was named one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2000 by the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor, her work has appeared frequently in the New York Times as well as the Financial Times, the London Daily Telegraph, the New York Daily News, and the Miami Herald, among other publications. She lives in Vermont. Visit her website at
Published April 1, 2003 by Counterpoint. 268 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Invited into the cozy homes of Sicilian cousins during the 1990s, the author provides an intimate glimpse of an Old World lifestyle in which respectful women never leave home without fashionable shoes and male escorts––noting instances when the escorts carried the women over puddles to protect th...

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Sicily is firmly ensconced in the minds of foreigners as the bastion of the Mafiosi—a land where no organization is as powerful as a crime family and no bond stronger than blood. Maggio, a tr

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Maggio, a travel writer who's been exploring her grandparents' homeland for more than 15 years, has found an even more lasting force in the worn stones of the remote towns of Sicily's mountainous regions: "something thrums in the stones of Sicilian hill towns," she writes, "and I have become obse...

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