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Italy Is My Boyfriend

Published by Post Hill Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

Would wonderful beaches, great sunsets, wild friends, endless cocktails, and fabulous food be enough to keep this relationship together?

Annette Joseph’s years in Italy revealed this truth: Italy, in all its multifaceted, glorious history and culture has to be experienced in full. Over almost three decades, Italy has fed, entertained, confused, excited, lured, promised, lied, satisfied, occasionally disappointed, and utterly enchanted her. She’s left, but can't stay away—she’ll always return. Always. Just like a beloved partner…Italy Is My Boyfriend will take you through the journey of finding love, life, and a sense of home. While often times a lonely, challenging place, never once did the love for this special place waiver. See how one very determined lady finds her dream place in the Tuscan sun.

Annette Joseph is an expert on entertaining, cooking, and styling. She regularly appears on the Today show and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Her recipes and party ideas have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Epicurious, Design Sponge, MSN, The Huffington Post, Southern Living, and Woman’s World, among others.

She now enjoys sharing the many ideas, tips, and tricks she has gained as a nationally recognized photo stylist/producer specializing in lifestyle editorial images for magazines. With over twenty years of experience, her expertise includes photo styling for interiors, food propping, and special production projects. She conducts styling, photography, and cooking retreats in northern Tuscany.

She is the author of many books, including Picture Perfect Parties, Cocktail Italiano, Italy Is My Boyfriend, and La Fortezza Cookbook.

"Annette Joseph has written a sparkling book—full of humor and insight—about the cultural road blocks to buying a house in Italy. Luckily, she prevailed, with her love for Italy intact, and has written a valentine of a book for all of us to savor. Brava!!"

– Tricia Brock, Director and Visionary Storyteller

"This memoir of memorable moments is a guide to making our own memories—a reminder to feel deeply, to love greatly, to dream big, and to notice the good, the bad, and everything in between along the way, whilst always holding onto the vision of finding the secret key to our own happiness. I so embrace Annette's generosity of spirit in sharing this guide to falling in love with and living in Italy. 'Fatene Tesoro!'"

– Betty Soldi, Florentine and Creative Thinker

"If you've ever fantasized about buying a European farmhouse in the middle of a vineyard (and who hasn't?) you'll enjoy house hunting with Annette through the Tuscan countryside. We've worked together producing magazines for more than a decade, so I have followed the search from afar and once even spent a magical week at her home in Alassio. The Josephs' wildly entertaining tales of the crazy and often unwritten rules of real estate investing in Italy have made me laugh out loud, and now she's sharing them with readers. The book has the ups and downs of all good love stories. There's even a magic castle."

– Betsy Riley, Editor in Chief of "Atlanta Magazine"