One of the best - and definitely the worst - thing about this book is it is SO HARD to put down! Sometimes in life, you just can't wait to see what happens... it's the same with Leda. Well written, engaging, some really good insight and tips for life. FANTASTIC! --Susan Byrde, author of Bruce's Fall
I really loved this book. It appears this is going to be a series and I'm anxious to see how it goes. I loved the setting, the time period, and the characters. I felt this was beautifully and truthfully written. The author captures the 90's feel very well. I think that Leda's list for happiness transcends time and is just as applicable now. Leda is a smart, strong character who is learning not to be afraid of being herself. --Autumn Friedli, Librarian
Self-help meets romance in 90s Italy with this powerful memoir exploring what it takes to be happy, perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Jandy Nelson, and Neil Gaiman
Italy, the late 1990s. What does it take to be happy?
Not a man, like nineteen-year-old Leda Balni was led to believe. Disillusioned by relationships she dives head first into her life to make it as fulfilling as possible.
Leda wants to become a genetic engineer.
Leda wants to sing in a band.
Leda wants to figure out what the hell is happiness and how to get it.
But what happens if she falls in love?
From Vespa adventures, to college exams, 1990s rock, philosophy, science, and chemistry—both the inorganic and the sizzling kind—teens and adults alike will laugh and cry with this thoughtful Italian memoir set in gorgeous Milan, Padua, and Garda Lake.
If you need for empowerment are solid life advice infused with Italian culture—this is it.
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The book, which can be read as self-standing, is the fifth novel in “The Italian Saga”.
You are a scientist and a college professor. What made you start writing novels?
My life was unusual, and after making all possible mistakes, I have found happiness in unexpected ways. After a lifetime of hearing “You should write a book about this!” I did, and my story turned into a whole series.
So, are the books based on your life?
Yes, they are. Although the novels are fictionalized to protect the privacy of people around me.
Who would enjoy this novel?
Anyone searching for their own way, travelers, wanderers, and people who enjoy witty realistic fiction and foreign cultures.
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Praise for “Finding Leda”:
“Addictive, candid, hilarious!”—Renni Acre, author
“SO HARD to put down! Some really good insight and tips for life. FANTASTIC!”—S. Byrde, author
“Leda is a smart, strong character who is learning not to be afraid of being herself. Beautifully and truthfully written. ”—A. Friedli, librarian