From the author of VALI MYERS—A MEMOIR.
Complimenting his VALI MYERS—A MEMOIR (2006), Gianni Menichetti’s ANIMAL LOVES OF MY LIFE is a magical collection of stories—biographies, really—of foxes, donkeys, goats, pigs, cats, dogs, chickens, birds, a flying fox, and a particular monkey, among others, and they are stories told with great love, pathos, and humor.
Having lived in the Valley of Il Porto, the wild “kingdom by the sea” above Positano since 1971, Gianni continues to care for a large and much loved family of animals, many of whom are descended from those written about in these pages. Vali Myers herself is a constant presence throughout the book, which is enlivened with illustrations—drawings and photographs—by Vali, Gianni, Joanna Pallaris, and others.
Literary Nonfiction. Nature.
“Since 1971 Gianni Menichetti has lived in the Valley by the Sea in Positano, many of those years as consort to the mythic Australian artist Vali Myers, and for many years alone. First graced by Vali’s Saint Francis of Assisi gift of animal communication, Gianni has been nursemaid, midwife, caretaker, protector, and friend to hundreds of animals who have lived in peace in the beautiful wild Valley on the Amalfi Coast. In ANIMAL LOVES OF MY LIFE Gianni treats us to an intimate meeting with the unique animal friends from his and Vali's life. This is a soothing book for harrowing times that will confer its magic on you forever.”
—Penny Arcade, NYC
Gianni Menichetti is an Italian artist and poet. He was born in Siena, Italy, and since 1971 he has lived in the wild Valley of Il Porto in Positano on the Amalfi Coast. He is the author of VALI MYERS-A MEMOIR (Golda Foundation, 2006), about his life with the legendary Australian artist Vali, who first came to Positano to live in 1958. Gianni is the author of several books of poems as well as books in Italian.
Romy Ashby has lived in New York City since the early 1980s and has worked in bookstores, movie theaters and publishing houses. Her work includes books, articles, zines, photos, and drawings. Between 1999 and 2009 she was the editor of Goodie Magazine and runs the interview zine Housedeer.