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New York Times best-selling author Chris Brady demonstrates for readers the art of taking strategic, proper, restorative vacations that reinvigorate one for greater clarity of thought and increased productivity. What can possibly be said about Italy that hasn't been already? Primarily, that you can enjoy it too! Refreshingly relate-able in a genre previously populated by w New York Times best-selling author Chris Brady demonstrates for readers the art of taking strategic, proper, restorative vacations that reinvigorate one for greater clarity of thought and increased productivity. What can possibly be said about Italy that hasn't been already? Primarily, that you can enjoy it too! Refreshingly relate-able in a genre previously populated by wealthy expats and Hollywood stars, this book chronicles an ordinary family taking an extraordinary trip, and most importantly, paves the way for you to take one of your own! With hilarious wit and fast-paced narrative, Brady thrills with honest commentary on what a “trip of a lifetime” actually feels like, and most endearingly, he succeeds in convincing you that not only should you take a similar one, but that you will! Within a few pages you'll be visualizing panoramic Tuscan vistas and breaking open the piggy bank, laughing as you turn the pages and dreaming of your own escape.


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New York Times best-selling author Chris Brady demonstrates for readers the art of taking strategic, proper, restorative vacations that reinvigorate one for greater clarity of thought and increased productivity. What can possibly be said about Italy that hasn't been already? Primarily, that you can enjoy it too! Refreshingly relate-able in a genre previously populated by w New York Times best-selling author Chris Brady demonstrates for readers the art of taking strategic, proper, restorative vacations that reinvigorate one for greater clarity of thought and increased productivity. What can possibly be said about Italy that hasn't been already? Primarily, that you can enjoy it too! Refreshingly relate-able in a genre previously populated by wealthy expats and Hollywood stars, this book chronicles an ordinary family taking an extraordinary trip, and most importantly, paves the way for you to take one of your own! With hilarious wit and fast-paced narrative, Brady thrills with honest commentary on what a “trip of a lifetime” actually feels like, and most endearingly, he succeeds in convincing you that not only should you take a similar one, but that you will! Within a few pages you'll be visualizing panoramic Tuscan vistas and breaking open the piggy bank, laughing as you turn the pages and dreaming of your own escape.

30 review for A Month of Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I was debating between 3 and 4 stars but since I managed to read its 350 pages in under a week, it has to be 4. Even though most people will never be able to take this sort of vacation, I still would recommend this book for a couple of reasons. First, it provides good insight into a famous foreign culture. I never really stopped to think about what a vacation in Italy would be like but I can guarantee it never would've contained the details this book. Brady gives great description about not only I was debating between 3 and 4 stars but since I managed to read its 350 pages in under a week, it has to be 4. Even though most people will never be able to take this sort of vacation, I still would recommend this book for a couple of reasons. First, it provides good insight into a famous foreign culture. I never really stopped to think about what a vacation in Italy would be like but I can guarantee it never would've contained the details this book. Brady gives great description about not only the big cliche attractions one normally associates with Italy but also all the little things. His ability to convey the attitude of the italians was amazing. Not only did he break down the stereotypical wall I had placed around them but he actually made me want to visit & meet some of these people. Second, Chris Brady is just great writer. This book seriously flew by. If you don't literally laugh out loud when you read the words "Michael Jackson!" (and I don't mean lol, I mean a real laugh), then you need to get your funny checked.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Funny, insightful and informative in a fun kind of way. Caution. If you choose to read this in a public environment, you will get stares from others as you laugh out load. It just happens. You are driving down a road with the family in their mini bus and wham, you are laughing hysterically. Be forewarned. Seriously, what I discovered was Chris Brady's description of carefree timelessness to be with the ones he loved the most. Rediscovering the Art of Vacation can also be called the art of redisco Funny, insightful and informative in a fun kind of way. Caution. If you choose to read this in a public environment, you will get stares from others as you laugh out load. It just happens. You are driving down a road with the family in their mini bus and wham, you are laughing hysterically. Be forewarned. Seriously, what I discovered was Chris Brady's description of carefree timelessness to be with the ones he loved the most. Rediscovering the Art of Vacation can also be called the art of rediscovering oneself and one's family. He also makes one see how time is different when on vacation. A month goes by in our lives, we look back and scarcely remember one day from another. But, on vacation, not only are the days remembered, but the moments, also. Colors are more vivid Sunsets experienced in a way that is hard to do when you are on your way to another task and so many other sensory experiences that aren't given a chance to come alive in our everyday live. Thanks Chris and Terri for letting us come along with you on your Italian adventure.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rob Robson

    I just finished reading "A Month In Italy" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As a business owner and a father of 4, it was hard for me to imagine taking a month off for vacation but this author cast a vision for me that was extremely compelling. I loved his writing style and how he wove together humor, great stories, and inspiration in every chapter. This book has inspired me to prioritize restoration into my calendar and I am so excited to help my kids experience more of the world while they are sti I just finished reading "A Month In Italy" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As a business owner and a father of 4, it was hard for me to imagine taking a month off for vacation but this author cast a vision for me that was extremely compelling. I loved his writing style and how he wove together humor, great stories, and inspiration in every chapter. This book has inspired me to prioritize restoration into my calendar and I am so excited to help my kids experience more of the world while they are still young. I have already told more than a dozen of my friends about this book and I am optimistic that they will have a similar experience. I sincerely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to create more balance in their life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Seth Wixtrom

    Once again, Brady has hit a home run with his newest book! This book provides something truly unique. Unlike most books in the travel genre, which mostly focus on travel for travel's sake, this book going deeper, by suggesting that travel and vacations can used to restore you. But maybe restore isn't strong enough a word. Brady posits that vacations, done properly, can clear away the fog of life, allowing you to once again see your purpose and to fill you with the enthusiasm and passion to cha Once again, Brady has hit a home run with his newest book! This book provides something truly unique. Unlike most books in the travel genre, which mostly focus on travel for travel's sake, this book going deeper, by suggesting that travel and vacations can used to restore you. But maybe restore isn't strong enough a word. Brady posits that vacations, done properly, can clear away the fog of life, allowing you to once again see your purpose and to fill you with the enthusiasm and passion to chase after it. This book is a description of the Brady family's own "radical sabbatical", and the lessons they learned along the way. Prepare to laugh, learn, and be inspired to utilize the "Art of Vacation" in your own life. PS. If you enjoy this book, I would highly recommend Brady's ebook, "Strategic Sabbaticals", and the accompanying workbook.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    My initial reaction to Chris's book title proves its absolute necessity: I thought I'd find few insights relevant to me. I couldn't have been more wrong. Vacationing truly is a lost art, and Chris poignantly and beautifully illustrates why it is so vital for driven leaders. A timeless treatise on 'sharpening the saw,' A Month of Italy is a book I will sip and savor, ponder and reflect on time and time again. Not only are Chris's insights powerful and refreshing, but his vivid and witty writing is My initial reaction to Chris's book title proves its absolute necessity: I thought I'd find few insights relevant to me. I couldn't have been more wrong. Vacationing truly is a lost art, and Chris poignantly and beautifully illustrates why it is so vital for driven leaders. A timeless treatise on 'sharpening the saw,' A Month of Italy is a book I will sip and savor, ponder and reflect on time and time again. Not only are Chris's insights powerful and refreshing, but his vivid and witty writing is simply a pleasure to read. Reading this book is a charming vacation itself, and it will inspire you to vacation deliberately, effectively, and joyfully.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    It's hard to put down ! It's hard to put down !

  7. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    I can't shut up about the book A MONTH OF ITALY! It really is a GREAT read! I have traveled to Italy and throughout Europe many times, yet I still found this book educational. When it comes to travel, it seems that often people are (on some level) a little nervous to go abroad because of fears of the unknown. Let's face it, the language and the culture are a little different over there. I found this book extremely easy to read and yet I learned a lot. Some of the best parts of this read are the i I can't shut up about the book A MONTH OF ITALY! It really is a GREAT read! I have traveled to Italy and throughout Europe many times, yet I still found this book educational. When it comes to travel, it seems that often people are (on some level) a little nervous to go abroad because of fears of the unknown. Let's face it, the language and the culture are a little different over there. I found this book extremely easy to read and yet I learned a lot. Some of the best parts of this read are the insights that Brady shares about the Italian culture; he has "tidbits" of wisdom sprinkled throughout his entertaining stories. As a traveler, I found myself consistently agreeing with his advice. The book is also very entertaining and amusing. If you have a family or children and have done any traveling, you will laugh out loud at some of his humorous stories! So if you are contemplating a trip to Italy, this is a must read. If you are a "workaholic" this is a must read (there are "life lessons" here...) Or if you are just looking to be entertained, this is also a very enjoyable must read! Enjoy!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leah Stadel

    This book is literally a study in word-pictures. And when you can "see it" they way Chris describes, that is, you can visualize and be emotionally attached to the scenes of this family in Italy, you garner all the lessons he has planted therein. We've used this book in our home-school studies to explore descriptive writing at its best. The purpose for the book, however, comes full circle with the entertainment value...a beautifully orchestrated dance. Thank you, Chris. We've also enjoyed the DVD This book is literally a study in word-pictures. And when you can "see it" they way Chris describes, that is, you can visualize and be emotionally attached to the scenes of this family in Italy, you garner all the lessons he has planted therein. We've used this book in our home-school studies to explore descriptive writing at its best. The purpose for the book, however, comes full circle with the entertainment value...a beautifully orchestrated dance. Thank you, Chris. We've also enjoyed the DVD series you created to accompany the book...you are such a blessing!(less)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    This book was disappointing. The premise sounded great...take a virtual vacation by reading about someone else's month in Italy and read the author's thoughts on truly vacating. But the author is too cutesy and observations pretty shallow. Bummer, I was excited about reading this one, and I didn't evn finish it. This book was disappointing. The premise sounded great...take a virtual vacation by reading about someone else's month in Italy and read the author's thoughts on truly vacating. But the author is too cutesy and observations pretty shallow. Bummer, I was excited about reading this one, and I didn't evn finish it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Helen Campbell

    For a wonderful month the author, his wife, and 4 children - ages 13, 10, 7, and 5 - experienced the sights, the art, the food, and mostly importantly, the people of Italy. Although the reader can certainly learn a lot about the country by reading the book, that isn't all this book is about. It's about rediscovering life without deadlines and to-do lists, but with all the humanity and humor of doing it with this family - aptly named the Bradys. For a wonderful month the author, his wife, and 4 children - ages 13, 10, 7, and 5 - experienced the sights, the art, the food, and mostly importantly, the people of Italy. Although the reader can certainly learn a lot about the country by reading the book, that isn't all this book is about. It's about rediscovering life without deadlines and to-do lists, but with all the humanity and humor of doing it with this family - aptly named the Bradys.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Great book. I’d give it 4.5 stars. It was thoughtful and insightful about the realities of what’s truly important in life. I liked how Brady shared how his long trip with family in a beautiful place transformed his view on how to live his life. I found this book very interesting as I’m planning a long family trip to Italy. Very inspiring and informative. I laughed out loud several times from the author’s hilarious descriptions of the Italian beach chairs and some of the misunderstandings he had.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Xenia

    I just finished reading this book and it did take me longer to read it than I thought it would. I enjoyed it very much but here and there it was just a tad bit tedious. This book is about Chris Brady taking a month long vacation-sabbatical with his family. The Brady's head for Italy which is a country that Chris has been to before and drawn to. I love Chris's sense of adventure. When I get married that is the type of husband I want to end up with. I don't see taking a month out of one's life to I just finished reading this book and it did take me longer to read it than I thought it would. I enjoyed it very much but here and there it was just a tad bit tedious. This book is about Chris Brady taking a month long vacation-sabbatical with his family. The Brady's head for Italy which is a country that Chris has been to before and drawn to. I love Chris's sense of adventure. When I get married that is the type of husband I want to end up with. I don't see taking a month out of one's life to spend in Italy impossible. You can make anything happen if you have the burning desire to do so. If you think something is not possible then you don't want it badly enough. Chris, his wife Terri and four children head for the Amalfi coast. The Brady's first rent a villa that overlooks the Mediterranean sea. Their adventures in that part of the region pulls me in and keeps me reading. After a week or so the family heads to another region of Italy and rent a villa called La Contea in Tuscany. I found their adventures there equally interesting and I want to visit Italy now more than ever. What sticks out clearly is the love and closeness of this family and I think that added to the wonderful time they had in Italy. I admire the Brady family. Terri is a very supportive wife. Another person who reviewed this book saw that as a weakness and wrote that Terri seems like a person who just goes along with everything her husband wants. There is a difference between being a doormat and being supportive. Terri is loving and supportive. How wonderful it would be if we all had spouses who loves us enough to want our dreams to come true and participates in it. Terri, who loves to cook, goes off on her own in Italy one day to take a cooking class. I enjoyed reading about that. Chris Brady is a father who takes part in his children's raising and does not leave it all to the mommy. Chris clearly loves and appreciates his wife and children. He never takes any of them for granted and the entire family has a strong spiritual base. Chris Brady clearly spent thousands of dollars on this trip and I would have liked to know how much it cost him.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vera Marie

    This book alternately amused me and annoyed me. The subject is promising–a family of six, already widely traveled, decides to get away from the pressure of everyday life in America for a month in Italy. Mostly, the father, Chris Brady, author of A Month of Italy Rediscovering the Art of Vacation>, decides HE needs to get away from HIS business. Since he and his wife Terri home school their four children, he uses the educational opportunities as a selling point to his wife. However, if his portray This book alternately amused me and annoyed me. The subject is promising–a family of six, already widely traveled, decides to get away from the pressure of everyday life in America for a month in Italy. Mostly, the father, Chris Brady, author of A Month of Italy Rediscovering the Art of Vacation>, decides HE needs to get away from HIS business. Since he and his wife Terri home school their four children, he uses the educational opportunities as a selling point to his wife. However, if his portrayal of Terri is accurate, she pretty much goes along with whatever Chris comes up with. We never learn if Terri also sees this as a chance to “get away” but with four children to look after while Chris takes off for rides in the hills of Tuscany on his motorcycle or in the villa for his writing time, Terri has shopping to do and meals to cook and four children to round up. It does not sound like much of a break from HER busy-ness at Mommy, Inc. You can read the entire review published at A Traveler's Library here

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jim Gemuend

    Author Chris Brady was thinking out of the box when he wrote this book. I found myself challenged as I reflected over how little my wife and I have vacationed due to 2 years of unemployment (2009-20010) and the day to day stress of just getting by. As I was reading the funny stories and the comments from the Brady kids made during many of their mini trips within Italy, I found myself laughing out loud. When a book moves me to action, I know there was something special about it. My wife and I book Author Chris Brady was thinking out of the box when he wrote this book. I found myself challenged as I reflected over how little my wife and I have vacationed due to 2 years of unemployment (2009-20010) and the day to day stress of just getting by. As I was reading the funny stories and the comments from the Brady kids made during many of their mini trips within Italy, I found myself laughing out loud. When a book moves me to action, I know there was something special about it. My wife and I booked a vacation to Wyoming with some good friends and started dreaming again. It motivated us to take action beyond our existence of paying bills and search for solutions that transcended our current economic thinking. We felt alive after this trip and ready to take on the opportunities before us. Thank you Chris for sharing your family with my family. My wife (much faster reader) loved the book too!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mim

    This is by far one of my favorite reads. I'm slightly bias because of my own love for Italy. Chris Brady does a fantastic job of combining history lessons with humor and real life. I love how he is so transparent with thoughts, feelings and family experiences. I have been inspired...we have 2 boys, 2 and 5 years old and have yet to go on a family vacation all because of the very excuses Mr. Brady wrote in Appendix A. The quantity time with our children IS just as important as the quality. Vacati This is by far one of my favorite reads. I'm slightly bias because of my own love for Italy. Chris Brady does a fantastic job of combining history lessons with humor and real life. I love how he is so transparent with thoughts, feelings and family experiences. I have been inspired...we have 2 boys, 2 and 5 years old and have yet to go on a family vacation all because of the very excuses Mr. Brady wrote in Appendix A. The quantity time with our children IS just as important as the quality. Vacationing truly is an art I'm going to discover for myself. Thank you Brady family!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Yitz Weiss

    For all good reasons, this book is one I was really not anxious to finish. I was enjoying the process of reading and really savoring it...almost like a great glass of wine. Cris Brady writes in a manner that draws you in and makes you feel part of the story. The reader truly does feel like he's there on vacation, taking in the sights and enjoying the experience. This is a fun, refreshing read and has me really thinking seriously about doing the same with my family! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Grazi For all good reasons, this book is one I was really not anxious to finish. I was enjoying the process of reading and really savoring it...almost like a great glass of wine. Cris Brady writes in a manner that draws you in and makes you feel part of the story. The reader truly does feel like he's there on vacation, taking in the sights and enjoying the experience. This is a fun, refreshing read and has me really thinking seriously about doing the same with my family! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Grazie, Cris!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen McCann

    Chris Brady chronicles his travels with such energy, wit and charm that readers will fall under Italy’s spell right along with the author and his young family. Brady brings a fresh and perceptive eye to the Italian landscape, serving up plenty of insight and offbeat wisdom along with descriptions of madcap adventures, mouthwatering meals and the kindness of strangers. A Month of Italy is a treat for veteran globetrotters and armchair travelers alike.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Mielke

    I love this book! Having been to Italy many years ago, this book rekindled beautiful and funny memories of our trip. I want to go back to enjoy Italy since this book reminded me how much I love the Tuscan countryside. Chris Brady writes with a comfortable style that incorporates me as a reader and his humor shines throughout the book. Highly recommend this book as you dream of your next vacation experience!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Terah Beeson

    Maybe because I'm completely in love with Italy, but I loved this book. The author seemed to have similar experiences with the people of Italy. I'm now obsessed with figuring out how I can get my family to Italy for a month. Maybe because I'm completely in love with Italy, but I loved this book. The author seemed to have similar experiences with the people of Italy. I'm now obsessed with figuring out how I can get my family to Italy for a month.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Great book. Once started reading it, hard to put down!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chuck Cova

    In true Chris Brady fashion, the story comes alive. It just jumps off that page at you. Italy and all of its sights and sounds and smells and tastes and beautiful people just seem to be at your fingertips. But beyond that, the point of the book is solid - the need for rest, recharging, resetting, restarting - a fantastic case for the need to really know how to 'vacate' (i.e. vacation without a tether). In true Chris Brady fashion, the story comes alive. It just jumps off that page at you. Italy and all of its sights and sounds and smells and tastes and beautiful people just seem to be at your fingertips. But beyond that, the point of the book is solid - the need for rest, recharging, resetting, restarting - a fantastic case for the need to really know how to 'vacate' (i.e. vacation without a tether).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Love the sense of humor this author has sharing his month in Italy with his family of 4 young kids. I love the real-ness of it all, and laughing about some of the things that I experienced while I was there. It also affirmed that I would like to spend a month there, and I can’t wait to actually get a sabbatical again. Many Americans don’t know what a month of vacation means, and it should and can be done. If for nothing else than to come home re-charged.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Brady has a talent for engaging the reader, but I didn't care for the book. The humor wasn't quite to my taste (too cutesy). I would really like to know how wife's opinion of the trip, because it felt like there was a lot of her watching the kids while the author experiences Italy. Brady has a talent for engaging the reader, but I didn't care for the book. The humor wasn't quite to my taste (too cutesy). I would really like to know how wife's opinion of the trip, because it felt like there was a lot of her watching the kids while the author experiences Italy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rosalie Wiegand

    Amazing book. Rediscover what a vacation can be.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Engelstad

    Makes me want to go back

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    I love this book. It was like revisiting Italy all over again. It was full of information, humor and good suggestions

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bev Walkling

    A good book to read in preparation for a trip to Italy. I especially loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Allan

    A quick, fun read. Laugh out loud funny at times.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Ahhhhhh, reminiscing vicariously. How I miss that sweet country AND my 2 months over there. Witty and fun writing.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    What a great book! Chris Brady spent a month in Italy with his family and after returning home he found it difficult to explain the experience. He wrote in Chapter 38: It would require a whole book to convey what I saw, smelled, tasted, felt, experienced, learned, and gained. I would have to take some serious time to reflect on just what it was that made this the best month of my life. I'd have to find the means to tell the story in a way to help the other person benefit from my experience. I wante What a great book! Chris Brady spent a month in Italy with his family and after returning home he found it difficult to explain the experience. He wrote in Chapter 38: It would require a whole book to convey what I saw, smelled, tasted, felt, experienced, learned, and gained. I would have to take some serious time to reflect on just what it was that made this the best month of my life. I'd have to find the means to tell the story in a way to help the other person benefit from my experience. I wanted to let people know there is a way to sharpen the saw and come back with a more effective edge than ever. I wanted people to rediscover the art of vacation. Mission accomplished. I learned valuable lessons about how to prepare more effectively for and take the fullest advantage of a vacation. I felt rejuvenated after accompanying Chris through the experiences he shared. I felt a conviction to live better in what he calls "the spaces in between." There is so much more I could say about this book and I think everyone should read it, but I'll wrap up with two points. I love Chris Brady's witty humor. I'm not sure how to explain it, but what I appreciate most about his jokes, sarcasm, or timely reintroduction of a previous idea or experience, is that they are windows to who Chris Brady is. This book is genuine, and humor plays a major role in transmitting that sincerity. The second point is that I would love to read a history book written by Chris. I wish I was there in Rome or in the countryside with Chris sharing the battles, political intrigue, artistic influences, etc. He shares that knowledge in a way that is engaging and enjoyable. I shouldn't be surprised. I mean we're talking about a guy that can speak about economics while making it relatable and enjoyable for the average Joe. I would love to read more from him about history - whether about Europe, the US, religion, or war.

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