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Publisher's Summary

One woman's story of finding beauty, and herself - and a practical guide to living a better life, the Italian way! 

Kamin Mohammadi, a magazine editor in London, should have been on top of the world. But after heartbreak and loneliness, the stress of her "dream life" was ruining her physical and mental health. Gifted a ticket to freedom - a redundancy package and the offer of a friend's apartment in Florence - Kamin took a giant leap. It did not take her long to notice how differently her new Italian neighbors approached life: enjoying themselves, taking their time to eat and drink, taking their lives at a deliberately slower pace. Filled with wonderful characters - from the local bartender/barista who becomes her love adviser, to the plumbers who fix her heating and teach her to make pasta al pomodoro - here is a mantra for savoring the beauty and color of every day that Italians have followed for generations, a guide to the slow life for busy people, a story of finding love (and self-love) in unlikely places, and an evocative account of a year living an Italian life.

©2018 Kamin Mohammadi (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“This book is my ideal type of armchair travel: immersive, insightful, seductive. In Bella Figura, Kamin Mohammadi takes us to the year in Florence that changed her life, and gives us the tools to bring the grace of the Italian lifestyle to our own lives. It’s a reminder to slow down, look around, taste, listen, and to open ourselves new to possibilities.” (Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter)

“In this charming hybrid of self-help and memoir, journalist Mohammadi relates a journey that began 10 years ago when she left her frazzled and unfulfilling life in London for a year’s sabbatical in Florence... [She] conveys life lessons learned in Italy (from the health benefits of olive oil to the importance of slowing down and observing one’s surroundings), alongside her progression toward self-acceptance... Mohammadi captures myriad aspects of the charming Italian lifestyle, and her story’s happy ending is a testament to its benefits.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A charming, delightful memoir of self-transformation... Interspersed throughout with delicious recipes and bella figura–inspired lifestyle tips, the book is a down-to-earth modern-day fairy tale for the world-weary that celebrates personal transformation and all things delectably Italian.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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lovely escape

Great story, good recipes, nice way to escape for a little while, will definitely listen to it again.

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Love it!

She is an excellent writer and is a very intriguing and relatable character. A good book and also a great reader.

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Absolutely lovely way to travel back to Florence ❤

This book transported me back to a place I love and still hold near & dear to my heart...Florence, Italy. From the glorious depiction of it's people & places to the sumptuous description of the amazing food that literally left my mouth watering, this book was such a pure pleasure that kept me smiling throughout the entire story. Thank you Ms Mohammadi for sharing your alluring story about living life ❤

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loved this book!

I loved reading about her adventure so much that I'm planning on doing the same thing! I am even going to buy the book so I can highlight her advice, cities and towns she recommends and get her recipes!

she speaks too fast for me to enjoy so I slowed her down to 8 and it was perfect!

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Love this!

This book took me right back to Florence. Thank you! 💛 highly recommended before or after your trip