By Frances Mayes
A vintage FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING writer OF UNDER MAGNOLIA
The writer who unforgettably captured the event of beginning a new existence in Tuscany in bestselling go back and forth memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself—and her readers—in the attractions, aromas, and treasures of twelve new certain locations.
A 12 months within the World is classic Frances Mayes—a party of the attract of go back and forth, of serendipitous pleasures present in not going locales, of reminiscence woven into the current, and of a joyous feel of quest. an excellent go back and forth spouse, Frances Mayes brings to the web page the interest of an intrepid explorer, extraordinary insights into the beauty of the typical, and a compelling narrative variety that entertains because it informs.
With her liked Tuscany as a house base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean global of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucía, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She chefs in Portugal, gathers principles within the gardens of britain and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an awesome position to dwell in Mantova, and explores the basic Moroccan urban of Fez. She rents homes between usual citizens, retailers at local markets, wanders the again streets, and all over the place contemplates the idea that of domestic. whereas in Greece, she follows the vintage Homeric voyage around the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone residence in Crete, after which drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with pals, she sails the traditional coast, mountain climbing to archaeological websites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine cities. Weaving jointly own perceptions and proficient observation on paintings, structure, historical past, panorama, and social and culinary traditions of every region, Mayes brings the immediacy of lifestyles in her transitority houses to the reader. An illuminating and passionate booklet that would be savored via all who enjoyed Under the Tuscan solar, A 12 months within the World is go back and forth writing at its peak.
Now with an excerpt from Frances Mayes's latest southern memoir, Under Magnolia
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