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Theinternationally bestselling author of the Guido Brunetti mysteries tells herown adventurous life story as she enters her eighties. In a series of vignettes full of affection, irony, and good humor, DonnaLeon narrates a remarkable life she feels has rather more happened to her thanbeen planned. . Following a childhood in the company of her New Jersey family, withfrequent visits to her grandfather's farm and its beloved animals, and summersspent selling homegrown tomatoes by the roadside, Leon got her first taste ofthe classical music and opera that would enrich her life. She also developed ayen for adventure. In 1976, she made the spontaneous decision to teach Englishin Iran, before finding herself swept up in the early days of the 1979Revolution. After teaching stints in China and Saudi Arabia, she finally landedin Venice.

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Donna Leon

A New Yorker of Irish/Spanish descent, Donna Leon first went to Italy in 1965, returning regularly over the next decade or so while pursuing a career as an academic in the States and then later in Iran, China and finally Saudi Arabia. Leon has received both the CWA Macallon Silver Dagger for Fiction and the German Corrine Prize for her novels featuring Commisario Guido Brunetti. She lives in Venice.
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