Summary: Twenty unabridged contemporary short stories, ideal for intermediate and advanced readers make up this collection. Selections by Italy's most important contemporary writers provide cultural context and a rich source of vocabulary and structure. Pre-reading activities in the Esploriamo insieme section stimulate interest in the text and anticpate lexical, semantic, and syntactic structures to come. Post-reading activities center on comprehension and levels of meaning. ...show moreQuestions about basic meaning and author's style are posed in the Discutiamone section, while the Adesso tocca a voi section probes implications and inferences. Attività culturale sections promote cross-cultural study.