The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 23, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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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 decided it was finally time for a change—so on one of her many solo trips to Italy she surprised her husband by purchasing a broken-down 300-year-old farmhouse for them to restore. The Reluctant Tuscan is about the author’s transition from being a successful but overworked writer-producer in Hollywood to rediscovering himself and his wife while in Italy, and finding happiness in the last place he expected. In the witty tone that made him a success as a writer in Hollywood, The Reluctant Tuscan captivates those who simply love a good travel narrative as well as anyone who loves the quirky humor of Bill Bryson, Dave Barry, and Jerry Seinfeld.


  

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Fun, easy read from a very witty writer. - Goodreads
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Lots of fun and laughs with this story - I can dream of doing this with my husband. Read full review

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This is a biased review as I read this on our honeymoon in Italy :) Read full review

Contents

Il Piccolo Rustico
Cambione
Stranieri in Paradise
Castagne
All in the Famiglia
In Bocca al Lupo
The Comeback
Giornalista
Zum
Zizzania
Fiesole
Carabinieri
Ospedale
Misericordia
La Festa della Liberazione
Ferragosto

Chapter 9Il Sindaco
Trapassato Prossimo
Il Dipartimento dAutorizzazione della Licenza Edilizia
LAvvocato
Un Giro
LEstate
La Prova
Il Sentiero
Tito Tughis Auto Mundo
Archeologia
Omertà
Ritorno Subito
Cinghiale
Cittapazza
Fare una Bella Figura
Chapter 32Il Raccolto
Cavallomania
Lo Sciopero
Tanti Auguri
La Luna di Miele
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

A TV producer for more than twenty-five years, Phil Doran worked as a writer-producer for such successful shows as Sanford and Son, Too Close for Comfort, Who’s the Boss?, and The Wonder Years, as well as writing episodes of The Bob Newhart Show and writing for such variety-show stars as Tim Conway, the Smothers Brothers, and Tony Orlando. He received an Emmy nomination, a Humanitas Award, and the Population Institute Award for his work on All in the Family. He has also written a screenplay for Tri-Star, two stage plays that were produced in Los Angeles, and travel articles for the Los Angeles Times. He and his wife divide their time between Tuscany and their home in California.

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