Books The Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga Paperback, 369 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $17 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Sixteen PleasuresAuthorRobert Hellenga Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary The discovery of an old book of erotica in an Italian convent by a beautiful twenty-nine-year-old book conservator from America becomes her introduction to the sensuous, sometimes dangerous life of Florence. Reprint. Genres: Fiction Also by Robert Hellenga The Truth About Death Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Sixteen Pleasures Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images Review Three Books... Three Books To Take You Back To The Renaissance September 23, 2010 Author Mary Sharratt recommends three titles that will take you back to the Italian Renaissance — an epoch of humanism and religious fervor, of philosophers and despots, of courtesans and saints. Pour yourself a glass of prosecco and experience the glory and danger of a lost age.