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 lifestyles 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 exact areas.
A 12 months within the World is classic Frances Mayes—a social gathering of the attract of shuttle, of serendipitous pleasures present in not going locales, of reminiscence woven into the current, and of a joyous experience of quest. an incredible commute significant other, Frances Mayes brings to the web page the interest of an intrepid explorer, awesome insights into the beauty of the standard, and a compelling narrative type that entertains because it informs.
With her cherished 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 traditional citizens, outlets at local markets, wanders the again streets, and far and wide contemplates the idea that of domestic. whereas in Greece, she follows the vintage Homeric voyage around the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone condo in Crete, after which drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with buddies, she sails the traditional coast, mountain climbing to archaeological websites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine cities. Weaving jointly own perceptions and educated statement on artwork, structure, background, panorama, and social and culinary traditions of every sector, Mayes brings the immediacy of existence in her transitority houses to the reader. An illuminating and passionate publication that would be savored through all who enjoyed Under the Tuscan sunlight, A 12 months within the World is shuttle writing at its peak.
Now with an excerpt from Frances Mayes's latest southern memoir, Under Magnolia
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