- Torino e' casa mia by Giuseppe Culicchia
- Che animale sei? by Paola Mastracola
The original Italian version is easy enough for non-Italian readers to learn many new words of common use and still enjoying the plot.
Basically, your view about ducks (and wolves if you read the sequel too) will change dramatically.
- Seta by Alessandro Baricco
Silk was so successful they even made a movie with Keira Knightley! For the Italophiles in love with the language, but still at the beginning of their learning path, this is a great book because: the story is repeated in each and every chapter in the same way... just with an extra detail as you go on with the story!
This book is available in many languages too and if you are lazy you can even just watch the movie!
- Cosi' parlo' il nano da giardino by Margherita Oggero
Margherita is a retired high school teacher turned one of the most successful contemporary Italian authors. From her books movies and TV series were released. She writes about many topics, detective stories included and has a great sense of humor.
Naturally, all her books are set in Turin or in its suburb and many are available translated in other languages.
Note for the Italian language students: this book has a lot of passato remoto and it is written in a more literary style.