Italy was a dream, which came true. We bought an old ruined farmhouse, restored it, and decided to move here. Easier said than done, believe me. There were so many nutty, beautiful, sad, happy, thoughtful stories to tell that I decided to write a book about it. The Field Stones of Umbria. But the book is so much more than our story of reconstructing the farmhouse. It’s about the culture, the land, individual experiences with people I’ve met, the seasons, our cats, and ultimately the lure of Italy. I’ve included 45 original color photographs that accompany many of the stories.
And then there’s menopause. Even in paradise, “stuff” happens. And boy did it happen big time. It was so much more powerful than I thought it would be, and it threatened to blow up my entire world during the worst times. Before I killed my husband, or vice-versa, I had to do something humorous. So, I wrote another book. How NOT to Kill the Woman You Love: Your Guide to Surviving Her Menopause. I hope it brings some smiles, maybe some laughs out loud, and a little sanity break for the women and their families who are going through this madness.
-Nina Hansen Machotka