As I look across my shelves of books on Italy, I note there are authors whose works stand out from the rest. Some are especially informative, while others have an engaging writing style, others still are just plain fun to read. However, there are a few, a very few, that are a combination of all three. One of my favorite go-to authors, for this reason, is Dianne Hales. Although not an Italian, per se, having received honorary Italian knighthood, with the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity), brings her close enough for us to adopt her as one of our own.