Katherine Wilson is an actress and writer living in Italy. She goes on Italian TV regularly to “explain” US politics and culture from an American prospective, a job that requires multiple espressos, proseccos, and talented makeup artists.
Her memoir, Only in Naples, tells about her experiences as an American feminist in the kitchen of her Neapolitan mother-in-law.
You’re about to turn 12. Naturally, you roll your eyes when I launch into speech — “Mom’s getting hyped!” you warn your brother. You’ve gotten very good at dodging my monologues, so I’m writing you a letter. This way, I don’t have to watch the eye roll, and I know that you’ll read it all the way through because… THERE’S A HIDDEN SURPRISE IN THIS LETTER (ONE THAT IS NOT IN ALL CAPS) THAT RELATES TO A SHOPPING TRIP AND GETTING A