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52 Things to See & Do in Calabria

Calabria travel guide: 52 Things to See & Do in Calabria by Michelle FabioBeaches. Mountains. History. Culture. Legends. Superstitions. THE FOOD.

From its gorgeous coastline, national parks, and fabulous festivals to its ancient ruins, cobblestone streets, and renowned cuisine, Calabria has got something for everyone.

Michelle Fabio, author of the popular Bleeding Espresso blog, is the perfect virtual tour guide to help you make your way around the toe of the boot. Michelle has lived in Calabria for more than a decade and these are her picks for how you should spend your time there.

Whether you’re planning a trip or are a descendant of Calabria who wants to learn more about this ancient, beautiful land and all it offers, 52 Things to See & Do in Calabria–the only Calabria travel guide written by a local in English–is for you.



Locals Know Italy Travel Guides

52 Things to See and Do in Calabria is the first in a planned series, Locals Know Italy Travel Guides, designed to be unconventional–starting with the authors. Unlike the vast majority of travel guides, Locals Know Italy books are written by people who have lived in the subject area and, most importantly, love it.

By digging deep into the character of the place and veering from the predictable, our authors strive to help you get to know our homes as we have. The guides are written in a conversational but informative style so it feels like you’re tagging along on our morning errands, but oh look, an archaeological dig–and do you know the story behind that oddly shaped window?

We want you to have as much fun reading our guides as we have writing them. We want these books to hold your interest even if you’re only armchair traveling. And most of all, we want these guides to inspire you to experience Italy in a way that helps you feel like a local for however much time you have here.

Buon viaggio!

The Unofficial Guide to Nutella

The Unofficial Guide to Nutella

The Unofficial Guide to NutellaNutella. A mix of chocolate and hazelnut. If you know it, you love it! 

We, the World Nutella Day co-hosts, decided to put together this primer for both aspiring and veteran Nutella fans to better understand their favorite hazelnut spread and help spread the word about Nutella!

Inside the guide, you’ll find Nutella recipes with full-color photos (black & white on classic Kindle), an introduction on how to eat Nutella, our favorite Nutella combinations, fun ideas for how to enjoy Nutella, how to throw your own Nutella party, and much more.

If you like to cook, or just want to experiment with some sweet treats, you’ll love the recipes in The Unofficial Guide to Nutella, which include the following:

– Flourless Chocolate Nutella Cake
– Nutella & Mascarpone Cream Chocolate Tarts
– Hazelnut Macarons with Nutella and Spicy Nut Centers
– Nutella & Mixed Nut Cereal Clusters
– Nutella & Fresh Ginger Mousse
– Drunken Devil’s Food Espresso Cupcakes with Nutella Filling
– Italian-style Hot Chocolate with Nutella
– Banana & Nutella Cake
– Banana Nutella Brownies

So whether you’re a new or old-school Nutella fan, you’re looking for ideas to participate in World Nutella Day on February 5th, you want to wow your friends with a Nutella dessert, or you just want a quick way to show your friends what the fuss is about, The Unofficial Guide to Nutella has something for you!

The Art of the Law School Personal Statement by Michelle Fabio, Esq.

The Art of the Law School Personal Statement

The Art of the Law School Personal Statement by Michelle Fabio, Esq.The Art of the Law School Personal Statement is a 90-page guide (60-page PDF) to writing a successful law school personal statement by Michelle Fabio, Esq., former About.com Guide to Law School.

Michelle has helped hundreds of aspiring students prepare personal statements through both About.com and her own venture, Personal Statement Artist; you’ll find all her best advice in this handy volume.

Chapter and section titles include:

  • The 12 Commandments of Law School Personal Statements
  • Brainstorming (including over 80 questions and writing prompts)
  • Topics to Avoid
  • Types of Personal Statements
  • Creating a Personal Statement Map
  • Essay Structure
  • Basic Formatting Rules
  • Conquering Writer’s Block
  • Rewriting & Revising

The book also includes a section of additional resources for law school admissions and beyond; you can see a sample by visiting Amazon.com and selecting to “click to look inside,” but here is the section entitled:

Why This Book?

I called this book “The Art of the Law School Personal Statement” because I believe that crafting a law school personal statement is an art that can be mastered with time, dedication, and the right instruction—and that is where this book comes in.

The law school personal statement is different from every other admission essay because it is read and judged by law school admission committees, and these adcomms are looking for a particular set of qualities that no other type of admissions officer is seeking. They want to know you are intelligent, determined, hard-working, serious, focused, organized, resourceful, and relentless when pursuing a goal.

Your job in the personal statement is to show them that.

This book breaks down the task of composing a phenomenal personal statement to the barest essentials; it is all about the personal statement and nothing else so you don’t have to waste your time sifting through all other kinds of law school-related tidbits that don’t matter when you’re focused on your essay.

I’ve broken up the book into three main sections—choosing a topic, writing, and rewriting and revising—because this is all you need to do to end up with a personal statement that will increase your chances of admission at your first choice law school.

Maybe the phrase “this is all you need to do” makes the process sound a little easier than it is. Don’t get me wrong: you’re going to have to work.

Don’t expect to write your statement in one, two, or even three days. Ideally you will have begun thinking about your essay well ahead of application deadlines so you have sufficient time to plan, write, revise, and then revisit everything with perspective gained only through time. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, you can have a convincing, well-written personal statement that will dare adcomms not to admit you.

For those of you who are interested in specific information on other law school application essays such as addenda, Part IV of this book includes sections on addenda, diversity statements, and Why X Law School statements. You’ll also find a list of recommended resources in the final chapter.

At this point, just the words “personal statement” may be enough to invoke panic as you may be wondering how you can possibly make yourself seem like the perfect law school candidate in just a handful of paragraphs.

Well, yes, that is a lot of pressure on one essay, but if you work your way through this book and follow the advice regarding topic selection, writing, and revising, you’ll be well on your way to submitting the best personal statement possible—and that means putting yourself in the best position to reach your ultimate goal: a seat in the 1L class of your choice.

Are you ready to write? Good.

Let’s do this.


The Art of the Law School Personal Statement is currently available in Kindle format via Amazon.com and in PDF form for $5.99. Remember you don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle files! Just choose your free Kindle reading app of choice (available for Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, Blackberry, or Windows Phone 7), and you”ll be on your merry Kindle-format-reading way in no time!

For purchase information, please visit The Art of the Law School Personal Statement at Personal Statement Artist.

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