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The President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, has conferred the highest honor its government can bestow on a foreigner, an honorary knighthood, on Dianne Hales of Mill Valley, author of LA BELLA LINGUA: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language.
In a ceremony at the Italian Consulate in San Francisco on March 25, Consul General Fabrizio Marcelli bestowed on Hales the title of Cavaliere dell' Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) in recognition of La Bella Lingua as "an invaluable tool for promoting the Italian language." This designation honors foreigners who have enhanced Italy's rapport and friendship with other nations, preserved the Italian spirit, and contributed to its international prestige.
Cav. Hales' best-selling biography of Italian was published by Broadway Books, a division of Random House, in hardcover in 2009 and as a paperback in 2010. Hailed as "a charming love letter to the language and culture of Italy," it has won both critical and popular acclaim in the United States, Canada and Australia. In addition, her website (www.becomingitalian.com) and twice-weekly blog on Italian have attracted more than 300,000 visits and ranks as one of the most popular on Italian subjects. Cav. Hales has presented La Bella Lingua at consulates, cultural centers, universities, language schools, conferences, and other settings throughout the country as well as in Toronto and Florence, Italy.
"I am thrilled beyond words to receive such a distinguished award from the government of Italy," said Cav. Hales. "I accept it on behalf of all who believe that the Italian language is one of the most marvelous gifts that Italy has made to the entire world."
Cav. Hales is a widely published, award-winning freelance journalist. She has served as a contributing editor for Parade, Ladies Home Journal, Working Mother and American Health and has written for many national publications, including The New York Times, Psychology Today, Readers' Digest, Washington Post and World Book. Her trade books include Just Like a Woman and Caring for the Mind. She also is the author of the best-selling college health textbook, An Invitation to Health. Among her many writing awards are honors from the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, the Council for the Advancement of Scientific Education and the New York City Public Library.
Cav. Hales is married to Robert E. Hales, M.D., chair of psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, and has one daughter, Julia. They live in Mill Valley, Ca.
Dianne Hales is a widely published, award-winning freelance journalist. She has served as a contributing editor for Parade, Ladies Home Journal, Working Mother and American Health and has written for many national publications, including Family Circle, Fitness, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Health, Mademoiselle, McCall's, New York Times, Psychology Today, Readers' Digest, Redbook, Science Digest, Self, Seventeen, Washington Post, Woman's Day, and World Book.
Dianne's trade books (listed below) include La Bella Lingua, Think Thin, Be Thin, Just Like a Woman and Caring for the Mind. She also is the author of the best-selling college health textbook, An Invitation to Health, and coauthor of An Invitation to Personal Change.
She has received writing awards from the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, an "EMMA" (Exceptional Media Merit Award) for health reporting from the National Women's Political Caucus and Radcliff College, three "EDI" (Equality, Dignity, Independence) awards for print journalism from the National Easter Seal Society, the National Mature Media Award, Arthritis Foundation, California Psychiatric Society, CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity), Council for the Advancement of Scientific Education, and the New York City Public Library.
Dianne is married to Robert E. Hales, M.D., chair of psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, and has one daughter, Julia. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language. Broadway Books, 2009.
Think Thin, Be Thin (with Doris Helmering) Broadway Books, 2005.
The Mind-Mood Pill Book, (with husband Robert E. Hales, M.D.), Bantam Books, 2000.
Just Like a Woman: How Gender Science Is Redefining What Makes Us Female, Bantam Books, 1999.
Caring for the Mind: The Comprehensive Guide to Mental Health, with Robert E. Hales, M.D., Bantam Books, 1996.
Intensive Caring: New Hope for High Risk Pregnancy, with Timothy Johnson, M.D., Crown Publishing Group, 1990.
Depression; Pregnancy; The Family (three volumes in The Encyclopedia of Health, Chelsea House Publishers, 1989.
How to Sleep like a Baby, Ballantine Books, 1987.
Case Histories, in The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs, Chelsea House Publishers, 1987.
The U.S. Army Total Fitness Program: Be All You Can Be, with Robert E. Hales, M.D., Crown Publishing Group, 1985.
New Hope for Problem Pregnancies, with Robert K. Creasy, M.D., Harper & Row, 1983.
Fitness after Fifty, with Herbert deVries, Ph.D., Charles Scribners Sons, 1982.
The Complete Book of Sleep, Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1981.
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An Invitation to Health (thirteen editions) and An Invitation to Health, Brief (six editions), Wadsworth-Cengage Publishing, 1981-2009.
An Invitation to Personal Change, with Kenneth W. Christian, Ph.D., Wadsworth-Cengage Publishing, 2009.
An Invitation to Wellness, Wadsworth-Cengage Publishing, 2006.
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