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By Frances Mayes


The writer who unforgettably captured the event of beginning a new existence in Tuscany in bestselling commute memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself—and her readers—in the attractions, aromas, and treasures of twelve new specific locations.

A 12 months within the World is classic Frances Mayes—a party 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 shuttle better half, Frances Mayes brings to the web page the interest of an intrepid explorer, striking insights into the sweetness of the standard, and a compelling narrative variety 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 international 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 excellent position to dwell in Mantova, and explores the fundamental Moroccan urban of Fez. She rents homes between traditional citizens, retailers at local markets, wanders the again streets, and in every single 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 apartment in Crete, after which drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with pals, she sails the traditional coast, mountaineering to archaeological websites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine cities. Weaving jointly own perceptions and trained statement on paintings, structure, historical past, panorama, and social and culinary traditions of every region, Mayes brings the immediacy of existence in her transitority houses to the reader. An illuminating and passionate ebook that may be savored through all who enjoyed Under the Tuscan sunlight, A yr 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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