A Book Sense Pick for May 2005, this is the humorous tale of how
the author moved against his will and his better judgmentto Italy
with his wife, only to rediscover himself, his marriage, and the
importance of getting in touch with his 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, Dorans wife decided it was finally
time for a changeso 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
authors 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
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.
Praise for The Reluctant Tuscan:
Dorans brutally funny accounts . . . are enough to keep readers
hooked until the last page.
. . . disarmingly funny.
"THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC"
A truly funny book that reveals Italy as never before.
"THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS"
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