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Name:  Dawne Renee Tortorella  

Pen Name: Dawne Barnewolt

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1957 in Normal, IL

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Lived in Illinois my entire life==Published Works==''eNormous eDibles, Apple'', 2007''Second Book''==Titles at Your Library==0767910052,1556527179,==Literary Awards==*eBook of the Year, ''eNormous eDibles''*Elec

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Titles At Your Library

A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller
ISBN: 0767910052

Broadway. 2006

The author who unforgettably captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany in bestselling travel memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself—and her readers—in the sights, aromas, and treasures of twelve new special places.

A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes—a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.

With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucía, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She cooks in Portugal, gathers ideas in the gardens of England and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an ideal place to live in Mantova, and explores the essential Moroccan city of Fez. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. While in Greece, she follows the classic Homeric voyage across the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone house in Crete, and then drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with friends, she sails the ancient coast, hiking to archaeological sites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine towns. Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and social and culinary traditions of each area, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to the reader. An illuminating and passionate book that will be savored by all who loved Under the Tuscan Sun, A Year in the World is travel writing at its peak.

Progressive Nation: A Travel Guide with 400+ Inspiring Landmarks and Left Turns
ISBN: 1556527179

Chicago Review Press. 2008

Nearly every progressive movement in American history can be traced back to a person who said "This must change" and then set out to change it. This inspiring travel guide to over 400 markers of progressive politics in the United States celebrates those individuals, their accomplishments, and the movements and communities they inspired. Visit the battlegrounds and celebrate the victories of the civil libertarians, feminists, African Americans, gays, lesbians, environmentalists, labor organizers, and media activists who have worked to create a just, peaceful society that respects all of its citizens. With enthusiasm and humor, Jerome Pohlen guides travelers to such landmarks of change as
  • The home of abolitionists Levi and Catharine Coffin, Grand Central Station on the Underground Railroad
  • Alice’s Restaurant Church, the namesake of Arlo Guthrie’s song protesting the draft
  • The courthouse where Susan B. Anthony went on trial for attempting to vote
  • The site of the Haymarket Riot in Chicago, where laborers protested working conditions
  • The former camera shop where Harvey Milk launched his campaign to become America’s first openly gay elected official
Each entry features a listing of books, films, and Web sites for further information, making this an essential lefty resource. For adventurous travelers, family vacationers, and those who want a more complete picture of American history, this book will inspire them to do more than just cast a vote.


  • eBook of the Year, ''eNormous eDibles''
  • Electronic Whatevers, ''Second Book''

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