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Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy Paperback – April 4, 2000
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Mayes is as generous a cook as she is a writer, flavoring her story with tasty descriptions of local gustatory delights--many of which are included in a small recipe book. She also serves as narrator, and the beguiling simplicity of her voice makes listening as enjoyable as spending an afternoon with a well-traveled favorite aunt. (Running time: 9 hours, 6 cassettes) --George Laney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Her first novel, Swan, a family saga and mystery, returns Mayes to her childhood home of Georgia and was published in 2002. A film version of Under the Tuscan Sun, starring Diane Lane, was released in fall of 2003. Frances Mayes was the editor for the 2002 Best American Travel Writing. She is also the author of the travel memoir entitled A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller, which immediately debuted as a New York Times bestseller in 2006. Working again with Steven Rothfeld, she published Shrines: Images of Italian Worship, also in 2006.
A widely published poet and essayist, Frances Mayes has written numerous books of poetry, including Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, Hours, The Book of Summer, and Ex Voto. Her work The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems is widely used in college poetry classes. Formerly a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing, Mayes now devotes herself full time to writing, restoring an historic garden and to her "At Home in Tuscany" furniture line at Drexel Heritage. She and her husband divide their time between North Carolina and Cortona, Italy.
Biographical note from Steven Barclay Agency
"Tuscany may have found its own bard in Frances Mayes."
-- The New York Times
Top Customer Reviews
I also found the constant mention of the costs involved with renovating two massive houses in some of the world's most expensive real estate markets quite despicable.
Also, it was in poor taste to allow people to stay at your hallowed house and then write horrible things about them in a published book. As a Southerner, I am quite embarrassed for her manners.
I would suspect that if another novel comes from this series (the first was much more palatable), it is only because she wants to add a guesthouse.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author does a nice job of immersing the reader to life in Italy,she perfectly portrays the friendly, welcoming nature of Italians. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jeannie
I love reading about the author's travels in Italy, the other content no so muchPublished 10 days ago by Grace
Love that Frances Mayes...she writes the perfect memoir. This one is more of the "sweet life in Italy", complete with her musings about life and food and gardening. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Suzeestorm1
Having traveled in that area several times I enjoyed her vivid descriptions of the landscape, food and towns and cities. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Janet
This book was wordy and wandered aimlessly. Had no real start middle or finish.Published 14 days ago by Chef pasta
Great follow up to Under The Tuscan Sun...what happened when Frances finished her villa? Come find out!Published 15 days ago by mamasophie
Love the visit to Tuscany which recalls wonderful memories of a brief visit there. Makes me long for a chance to experience the charming adventures of Frances and Ed. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Linda L. Mooney