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A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller

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Publisher Comments:

The author who unforgettably captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany in bestselling travel memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself — and her readers — in the sights, aromas, and treasures of twelve new special places.

A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes — a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.

With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucía, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She cooks in Portugal, gathers ideas in the gardens of England and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an ideal place to live in Mantova, and explores the essential Moroccan city of Fez. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. While in Greece, she follows the classic Homeric voyage across the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone house in Crete, and then drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with friends, she sails the ancient coast, hiking to archaeological sites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine towns.

Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and social and culinary traditions of each area, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to the reader. An illuminating and passionate book that will be savored by all who loved Under the Tuscan Sun, A Year in the World is travel writing at its peak.

Review:

"Even people who don't normally read travel books are aware of the old Italian villa that Mayes and her husband restored, chronicled in Mayes's bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun and three other books about Tuscany. So it's somewhat surprising when Mayes declares her wanderlust, her passion for other beautiful places in the world. She adores Tuscany, but also loves tasting other people's cuisines, learning their gardening habits, reading their poetry, swimming their waters. She's always looking around and wondering, 'How do place and character intertwine? Could I feel at home here? What is home to those around me? Who are they in their homes, those mysterious others?' In this luminous volume, she and her husband visit southern Spain, Portugal, Sicily, southern Italy, Morocco, Greece, Crete, Scotland, Turkey and places in between. Usually they rent an apartment or villa, so they can cook, sprawl and feel like 'locals.' They survive a couple of package trips (a cruise around the Greek islands, a small charter around Turkey) which only highlight the pleasures of independent travel — having the freedom to wander and discover things for themselves, without a schedule. And happily, there's no mention of prices to mar readers' escapist fantasies." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"In this age of adventure travel, the lure of the increasingly exotic holds sway. It's no longer enough for vacationers to take a barge down a French river or browse in an Italian market — no, one must rappel in Africa, kayak in Nepal. The activities must be rugged, and the locales far from the Western traveler's starting place. Given this, many travel-hounds will eye the mostly European destinations... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Befitting her gifts as a poet, Mayes' prose shines with evocative imagery, bringing life to every subject she encounters across her peripatetic year." Mark Knoblauch, Booklist

Review:

"Mayes is a master at capturing a solid sense of place through her lush, poetic narratives." Orlando Sentinel

Review:

"Mayes displays a gift for conveying everyday life through her writing...and presents a simpler, less frantic version of how to live one's life." USA Today

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"Frances Mayes is, before all else, a wonderful writer." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"It's easy to understand why Mayes has become a kind of cult figure for seekers of The Good Life. She not only inspires us to seize the moment, sip the wine, and smell the roses, she also makes us feel it is quite possible to transform our lives, just as she did." Lexington Herald-Leader

Review:

?Those who want to find parts of themselves they didn?t know existed, take risks, have an adventure...and discover another culture altogether, with its different rhythms, tastes, smells, and ways of being human — those readers will find in Mayes a kindly, eager, tough-spirited guide." Houston Chronicle

Review:

"This is Mayes in top form." Kirkus Reviews

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"Mayes writes beautifully..." Library Journal

Review:

"Mayes is at her best when she reminds us to celebrate and cherish our lives, wherever we are, as she does in Naples, where 'eating out becomes the occasion it was meant to be.'" Oregonian

Synopsis:

The author of the bestselling "Under the Tuscan Sun" expands her horizons to immerse herself--and her readers--in the sights, aromas, and treasures of 12 new special places, in this illuminating and passionate book that is also a celebration of the allure of travel.

About the Author

Frances Mayes is the author of four books about Tuscany. The now-classic Under the Tuscan Sun, which was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years, and became a Touchstone movie starring Diane Lane, was followed by Bella Tuscany and two illustrated books, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home. Mayes is also the author of the novel Swan, six books of poetry, and The Discovery of Poetry. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767910057
Author:
Mayes, Frances
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Mayes, Frances
Publication Date:
March 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
420
Dimensions:
8.28x5.80x1.23 in. 1.33 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Even people who don't normally read travel books are aware of the old Italian villa that Mayes and her husband restored, chronicled in Mayes's bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun and three other books about Tuscany. So it's somewhat surprising when Mayes declares her wanderlust, her passion for other beautiful places in the world. She adores Tuscany, but also loves tasting other people's cuisines, learning their gardening habits, reading their poetry, swimming their waters. She's always looking around and wondering, 'How do place and character intertwine? Could I feel at home here? What is home to those around me? Who are they in their homes, those mysterious others?' In this luminous volume, she and her husband visit southern Spain, Portugal, Sicily, southern Italy, Morocco, Greece, Crete, Scotland, Turkey and places in between. Usually they rent an apartment or villa, so they can cook, sprawl and feel like 'locals.' They survive a couple of package trips (a cruise around the Greek islands, a small charter around Turkey) which only highlight the pleasures of independent travel — having the freedom to wander and discover things for themselves, without a schedule. And happily, there's no mention of prices to mar readers' escapist fantasies." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Befitting her gifts as a poet, Mayes' prose shines with evocative imagery, bringing life to every subject she encounters across her peripatetic year."
"Review" by , "Mayes is a master at capturing a solid sense of place through her lush, poetic narratives."
"Review" by , "Mayes displays a gift for conveying everyday life through her writing...and presents a simpler, less frantic version of how to live one's life."
"Review" by , "Frances Mayes is, before all else, a wonderful writer."
"Review" by , "It's easy to understand why Mayes has become a kind of cult figure for seekers of The Good Life. She not only inspires us to seize the moment, sip the wine, and smell the roses, she also makes us feel it is quite possible to transform our lives, just as she did."
"Review" by , ?Those who want to find parts of themselves they didn?t know existed, take risks, have an adventure...and discover another culture altogether, with its different rhythms, tastes, smells, and ways of being human — those readers will find in Mayes a kindly, eager, tough-spirited guide."
"Review" by , "This is Mayes in top form."
"Review" by , "Mayes writes beautifully..."
"Review" by , "Mayes is at her best when she reminds us to celebrate and cherish our lives, wherever we are, as she does in Naples, where 'eating out becomes the occasion it was meant to be.'"
"Synopsis" by , The author of the bestselling "Under the Tuscan Sun" expands her horizons to immerse herself--and her readers--in the sights, aromas, and treasures of 12 new special places, in this illuminating and passionate book that is also a celebration of the allure of travel.
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