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  • Daniele Bolelli: 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know: Religion

    Daniele Bolelli: 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know: Religion
    Fun. Witty. Informative and enlightening. Not just because my son wrote it :)

  • Don Winslow: Savages: A Novel

    Don Winslow: Savages: A Novel
    Raw. Cruel. Mind-bending. Innovative writing. Don Winslow at his best, so far. Leave you wishing for more, and then more. More punches in your stomach.

  • Thaddeus Russell: A Renegade History of the United States

    Thaddeus Russell: A Renegade History of the United States
    It is on the Los Angeles Times booklist for Christmas gifts, with a reason. Cool research and refreshing style by the renegade professor, who's a lot of fun in person too. Great way to discover new things while learning more about the history of the American nation. I loved it.

  • Kem Nunn: The Dogs of Winter

    Kem Nunn: The Dogs of Winter
    I loved Tapping The Source and I'm always down for a good surf noir. But this Kem Nunn's left me with a feeling of deprivation. Instead of giving you energy, like a good surfing session or The Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow does, it sucks it out of you. Not what I'm looking for in a book, definitely. It gets better in the very last 30 pages, trying a desperate redemption of the main characters, but it's kind of too late. The damage remains. Unforgivable sin.

  • Thomas Pynchon: Inherent Vice

    Thomas Pynchon: Inherent Vice
    Halfway through the book, and I am once more amazed at the geniality of Pynchon, this time challenging the hard boiled stereotypes. Reading that is a memory exercise for the Sixty lingo and definitely brain storming about the usual big questions. I just wonder how the writer who never write real endings will manage to avoid ending a thriller!

  • Daniele Bolelli: On the Warrior's Path, Second Edition

    Daniele Bolelli: On the Warrior's Path, Second Edition
    I loved the first edition and I was even more impressed with the second. I am not saying this just because I am the mother of the author. I am a fan of the warrior that I've seen to walk his talk and remain on his very own path every day of his life. Martial arts were my passion long before they became my son's but I never forced him to embrace them. He did by his own choice and went much farther than I've ever been. Martial arts gave Daniele balance and taught him to be strong but graceful and generous in life. Daniele shares all he learned in this book with his typical humorous, knockout style.

  • Gloria Mattioni: Reckless

    Gloria Mattioni: Reckless
    Since I'm the author, I can't say anything about it. But I'd like you to do that. You can order it clicking on the Amazon link.


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Who am I?

I was born in Milan, Italy on January 10, 1957. I dreamed of being a pirate, an astronaut, and an explorer when I was a kid. But my mom also keeps a drawing that I apparently did when I was 9. That pictures me as a reporter, roaming around the world in my convertible car. I guess that too was my idea of adventure and freedom.

So when I grew up, I first became a reporter and then a storyteller. I became a writer and worked in the staff of several newspapers and magazines. But I still wanted to roam around the world, seeking out people who shared my same longings. In 1988, I quit my last full-time job and pursued my goal of seeking out amazing people and incredible adventures all over the world.

In 1992, I moved to Los Angeles--with my son, Daniele, then 18--where I am living still.

Why do I write?

I write because I cannot do otherwise. There is all this stuff in my mind just waiting to be shaped and molded into words. I write because I can build sceneries and new worlds through my writing. I write because when I write I can hear the words singing.

I write because I love stories. I like reading them. I like inventing them. I also like telling stories of other people who share them with me. Had I been living centuries ago and before invention of printing press, I’d have told mine and others’ stories around a fire.

I wrote rivers of ink on magazines and newspaper for more than 25 years. I also published four books in Italy before moving to United States. Reckless is my first book published in the U.S. in 2014, I published "Dakota Warrior-The Story of James R. Weddell."