- Pasta blanda: 388 páginas
- Editor: Createspace Independent Pub; Edición: 1 (7 de diciembre de 2017)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 197371597X
- ISBN-13: 978-1973715979
- Dimensiones del producto: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Peso del envío: 576 g
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Finding Leda: The Science of Happiness (Inglés) Pasta blanda – 7 dic 2017
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What does it take to be happy?
Italy, the 1990s. Strong-headed, sarcastic, nineteen-year-old Leda Balni enrolls into a Biotech major and fights for her independence in a male dominated profession. Disillusioned with religion and relationships, Leda starts a quest to find meaning in her life in a whirlwind of Vespa adventures, college exams, 1990s rock, philosophy, science, and chemistryboth the inorganic and the sizzling kind.
Leda finds her hard-sought happiness through a moving process of trial and error, but her newfound balance is put to the test when a crush on the worst possible guy turns her brain to mush. Yet nothing is what it seems, and as Leda faces her fears she discovers that even the darkest soul has a tiny hope for redemption
Landscapes from Milan, Padua, and Garda Lake add to this witty, introspective novel, inspiring women of all ages to be their strong and brave true selves. If you are looking for entertainment and solid life advicethis is it.
**"Finding Leda" is self-standing and directed at an adult audience, though suitable for teens, but it is the fifth book in "The ItalianSaga" and there are references to Leda's previous adventures.**
** The books are a fictionalized memoir based on the life of author GB Amman, a novelist and molecular biologist born and raised in Italy. The science in the book is explained in lay terms but accurate.**
Praise for Finding Leda:
Amman's writing is addictive, candid, hilarious, and evocative as she describes the powerful conflict between irresistible attraction and common sense.Renni Acre, author of His Huntress
One of the bestand definitely the worstthing about this book is it is SO HARD to put down! Sometimes in life, you just can't wait to see what happens... it's the same with Leda. Well written, engaging, some really good insight and tips for life. FANTASTIC!Susan Byrde, author of Bruce's Fall
I really loved this book. It appears this is going to be a series and I'm anxious to see how it goes. I loved the setting, the time period, and the characters. I felt this was beautifully and truthfully written. The author captures the 90's feel very well. I think that Ledas list for happiness transcends time and is just as applicable now. Leda is a smart, strong character who is learning not to be afraid of being herself.Autumn Friedli, Librarian
I see this book like the intimate journey of a strong young woman into an academic world usually ruled by men. This story felt real and relatable from the very beginning. I loved it. Claudia, Goodreads review
Biografía del autor
A bookworm from birth, she wrote throughout her childhood and won two short story competitions in Italy in her teens. Gaia is an avid traveler, and many of her adventures are an inspiration for her fiction. Mostly she is passionate about people and the struggles they face to embrace life. Her highest hope is to reach and help as many as she can through her writing and her teaching. She authored the Indie Author Guide, the LGBTQ sci-fi fantasy Linked-Will Empathy Save the United Terrestrial Democracy?, The Italian Saga, a series of four novels that follows Leda's adventures from childhood through the end of high school, and the Sonder Series, of which you just read volume one. The books, light-hearted and funny at first sight, deal with issues like sexuality, divorce, friendship, abuse, first love, and self discovery.
Among Amman's favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Jandy Nelson, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Antoine de Saint Exupery.
For book updates follow the blog at www.gaiabamman.com and subscribe to the newsletter.
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I love the set of rules Leda comes up with throughout the course of the book and the fact that they’re also gathered together at the end of the book for easy reference. There are a few awkwardly phrased sentences but, overall, there is some beautiful writing. The language is rich and full of scientific metaphors and similes. The book acts as a soundtrack of the times and is full of fun references to 1990s pop culture. It also brings back all those feelings of discovering first love. My one complaint is that some of the names are too similar: Leda, Lexi, Elena.
While it’s not technically necessary to read the earlier books in the series (I read the first two), knowledge of Leda’s life in her primary and high school years would greatly enhance the reading experience.
I received this book in return for an honest review.
This is a really hard review for me to write, as I did not love this but I also did not hate it. But, it just was not for me. I do not like leaving a full rating when reviewing a book when I do not finish it as I do not find it fair to rate it that way. However; Amazon does not allow you to not put a star rating. Unfortunately, I just could not get into the writing style. After a few pages in, I had no clue what was going on or what they were talking about. I ended up DNFing this as I just could not find myself getting lost into the story.
So, I cannot say what I would give this overall.
It is so easy to root for Leda throughout the storyline because the author makes her so likable.
Even though this is the final book in a series you do not have to read the previous books to enjoy it. I did not biit Ican hardly wait for the next one to come to print. I have luckily discovered a literary world I enjoy visiting.
I will continue to recommend this fine novel and very talented author.
I have a love-hate relationship with this book. It started well, the middle bit was endless, and the ending was pretty good.
I can relate to Leda on so many levels. I have not had a single heartbreak yet, but “Finding Leda” is what I’m currently undergoing. I am “Finding Pari”, I suppose, and Leda did things that she wouldn’t have dreamt of. She was inspirational most times. But at times, as lost as she feels she is, there are a ton of things that’s keeping her alive, but she’s struggling to find the things she loves. She’s doing biotech because she couldn’t study literature, and it’s a little demeaning for the subject of biotechnology. I can totally tell that she’s not a science student from the way everything surprises her, and I actually find that endearing. I also loved the fact that in 1998, she was a feminist. She was strong and bold enough to go for what she wanted.
But there were times that I got annoyed. Leda blaming Sergio and vice-versa for running away was just a tad bit unnecessary and annoying. I wanted to slap some sense into each of them when they thought the other was ignoring them. I loved Lexi, I loved Starry and Sergio. Claudio was boring. I don’t even know what she saw in him. Fabio was really cute and Addy was plain annoying.
The Italian culture throughout the book was fascinating. My favourite word was “culo”, which I didn’t even have to look up. Leda just says, “My Culo” and I understand. Somehow.
Recommendation: If you like stories of coming-of-age, discovering oneself, you’ll love this one!