The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian

The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian

After years of working on a string of sitcoms, Phil Doran found himself on the outside looking in. Just as he and his peers had replaced the older guys when he was coming up the ranks, it was now happening to him. And it was freaking him out. He came home every night angry, burned- out, and exhausted. After twenty-five years of losing her husband to Hollywood, Doran?s wife After years of working on a string of sitcoms, Phil Doran found himself on the outside looking in. Just as he and his p...

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Title:The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian
Author:Phil Doran
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian Reviews

  • Nari
    Jul 01, 2017
    This book is really 3.5 stars. The author comes across as vain, spoiled and annoying during the first third of the story. He doesn't depict life in Tuscany, he made fun of it. Somewhere along the line, there's a major event that happens that seems to cause a major shift in him. This is...
  • Leah
    Feb 17, 2011
    I was interested to read this book because Phil Doran is the screenwriter who worked on Who's the Boss and The Wonder Years. He's also a complainy, whiny American who, thank goodness, finally gets his childish act together and works out his marriage with his wife. Granted, his wife bou...
  • David
    Jan 14, 2019
    Part of my planning for a spring trip to Italy has me inhaling almost anything I can find to read related to Italy, especially Tuscany and Umbria. Fiction or nonfiction, I'm reading it all. Including travel guides, this is my tenth book on Italy and one of my favorites. While much o...
  • Jill
    Feb 18, 2009
    Very fast read. Very funny. While it falls in the Frances Mayes category of I-had-a-midlife-crisis-and-so-I-bought-a-villa-in-Tuscany-and-found-myself-and-here-is-what-I-learned-to-love-about-Italy-in-the-process book, it is much more self-deprecating, and, like I said, very spot-on-fu...
  • Liz
    Feb 23, 2009
    As long as there are human beings on earth, I think, there will be books of this genre. Yes, yet another "outsider goes to foreign country and has amusing experiences with the quirky locals". These books practically write themselves, because it is a simple fact that wherever you go on ...
  • Christine
    Mar 28, 2009
    Loved this! If a vacation to Italy is out this year-or possibly next, this will take you right in the middle country where you would want to be, without all the touristy mire. I really enjoyed the characters in this book: They were real,honest, and strangely familiar to me. Lots of hil...
  • Kathryn
    Jul 24, 2012
    This is a very pleasant book about a man rather unwillingly giving up his Type A Hollywood lifestyle to restore and live in an abandoned rustic house in rural Tuscany. It?s a fun easy read, and one that I enjoyed very much. For twenty years the author has been a writer of televisi...
  • Carolyn Dorstek
    Feb 01, 2010
    It is refreshing to read a book that makes you laugh from the first sentence. I am thoroughly enjoying this book. Just what I needed this week. Thanks Matt for recommending it. Finished this book awhile ago and it still comes to mind. It's humor and refreshing look at a wonderful cu...
  • Lisa
    Jul 30, 2009
    The story of a couple who buys a run down, ancient building in the hills and renovates it is not unique. The appeal when I picked up this book was the claim by Doran, a former Hollywood screenwriter, that he was telling the story of how he came to love Italy after he and his wife renov...
  • Sandra
    Dec 11, 2012
    After reading this book I have mixed emotions. I loved the story of the people who live in this little town in Tuscany, but I didn't like some of the meanness of the author and his wife. I understood their reasons for being devious to the people in this town, but at the same time it se...
  • Julie  Durnell
    Jan 20, 2016
    Thoroughly enjoyable and amusing book of their purchase and trials restoring a small house in Cambione! ...
  • Mark Hiser
    May 12, 2017
    A pleasant enough book to read while sitting on the patio sipping wine and imagining what it might be like to escape the US during these stressful and anxious days, and to live elsewhere. Though the author does not pretend his life in Italy is perfect, it sure sounds nice. ...
  • Barb
    Jun 20, 2018
    Lots of fun. The author used to write for All in the Family and his sense of humor comes through. Good to have a light feel good read once in a while, especially in today's crazy world ...
  • Stephanie
    Jul 16, 2018
    Super fun book, very funny! Ending I felt was lackluster. 3.5! ...
  • Murcam
    Aug 04, 2012
    Mattsgrandmom also gave us a copy of this one and enjoyed it. Good, quick read, especially after our Tuscany trip! ...
  • Mattsmom
    Aug 04, 2012
    Cute. Funny. Quick read. Loved ...
  • Linda
    Jul 16, 2016
    This was the book I chose to read while vacationing in Italy, and it was great. It was charming, funny, irreverent, but believable -- written by a middle aged Hollywood comedy writer, who with his wife decided (albeit reluctantly on his part) to escape the rat race and stress of their ...
  • Kathleen
    May 30, 2013
    I would not recommend this book for a number of reasons. 1. The story is presented as non-fiction but that is entirely unbelievable. There is nothing remotely believable about the dialogue or actions of any of the characters. So much has been exaggerated for comic effect that none of i...
  • Karen
    Jul 24, 2017
    This book was a find at my local library book store. As my friends and I are planning a Fall Italy trip, I felt the book was especially inspiring. I enjoyed the picture the author painted regarding the life style and culture of the Italian people. I found it easy to read and related to...
  • June Finnigan
    Jul 25, 2018
    Vivid, emotional and Tuscany. A lovely story that grips you then holds on. Nancy is in love with Tuscany and buys a ruined cottage . Phil is in Hollywood trying to find buyers for his latest script. Depressed and frustrated, he goes to join Nancy and enters a crazy Italian world, wh...
  • Dana A. O'Dea
    Nov 04, 2018
    3.5 stars. Wish I had read before our trip to Italy this summer! ...
  • Bonnie Manning
    Apr 25, 2018
    One of my favorites. I love the marriage relationship and everything Tuscany. Funny and bright. ...
  • Susan Oppenborn
    Apr 12, 2018
    I want to move to Italy, too! ...
  • Susie
    Aug 10, 2018
    Easy read and a cute story. The book drags on towards the end. ...
  • Tamara Santos
    Feb 17, 2019
    Humorous light reading. Perfect for vacation. Even if you're not in Italy! ...
  • Kristina Gringogidget
    Jul 01, 2017
    I found this book on my Airbnb host's shelf in Italy and immediately soaked it up. It was a really cute and fast read. I chuckled and had feelings for some parts of the book, but felt that sometimes the author used too many similes or over described things rather than getting on wit...
  • Elisabeth
    Oct 14, 2018
    This book helped me fall in love with life in Italy. It opened my eyes to the hurdles an American faces to have renovation work done in Italy, and the Italian laid-back way versus the American way of getting things done. A Beautiful read. ...
  • Rachel Marett
    May 02, 2019
    I really enjoyed this book. I have been to Italy a few times & loved it. I enjoyed sharing in the experience of people making a new life for themselves in this amazing country. Most of us dream about doing something like this but never do for a whole range of reasons. You share in ...
  • Christine Musello, Psy.D.
    Dec 23, 2018
    Everything about this memoir, a narrative about an older L.A. couple creating a second home in Tuscany, is drenched in the beauty, idiosyncracy and uniquely Italian world-view that makes both the narrative and the actual country so irresistible. If you're someone who, like me, fanta...
  • GREGORY M
    Jun 11, 2019
    Flat out funniest book I've ever read. if you plan to visit Italy anytime soon, this is a must read! ...