The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but author Sue Ellen Hanning covered the road to the real Italy while carrying a bulging backpack and no credit cards. Hanning was a 54-year-old teacher and mom when she and her daughter Jenny went on a three-month search for the "real Italy." Thankfully, it was an adventure she survived and lived to write a book about. We always raise an eyebrow when people start talking about finding the "real" anything, but this mother-daughter team seems to have thrown themselves into the experience. It makes for an entertaining read and an interesting story. If you can't get to Italy, you can pick up a copy of Hanning's Two Nuts in Italy and get it signed from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Highway. Call 214-739-3643 or visit bn.com.
Sat., July 17, 1-5 p.m., 2010