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Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Lifeby Frances Mayes
Synopses & Reviews
In this sequel to her New York Times bestsellers Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, the celebrated "bard of Tuscany" (New York Times) lyrically chronicles her continuing, two decades-long love affair with Tuscany's people, art, cuisine, and lifestyle.
Frances Mayes offers her readers a deeply personal memoir of her present-day life in Tuscany, encompassing both the changes she has experienced since Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany appeared, and sensuous, evocative reflections on the timeless beauty and vivid pleasures of Italian life. Among the themes Mayes explores are how her experience of Tuscany dramatically expanded when she renovated and became a part-time resident of a 13th century house with a stone roofin the mountains above Cortona, how life in the mountains introduced her to a "wilder" side of Tuscany--and with it a lively engagement with Tuscany's mountain people. Throughout, she reveals the concrete joys of life in her adopted hill town, with particular attention tolife in the piazza, the art of Luca Signorelli (Renaissance painter from Cortona), and the pastoral pleasures of feasting from her garden.Moving always toward a deeper engagement, Mayes writes of Tuscan icons thathave become for her storehouses of memory, of crucible moments from which bigger ideas emerged,andof the writing life she has enjoyed in the room where Under the Tuscan Sun began.
With more on the pleasures of life at Bramasole, the delights and challenges of living in Italy day-to-day and favorite recipes, Every Day in Tuscany is a passionate and inviting account of the richness and complexity of Italian life.
A recipe-complemented work by the memoirist of Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany continues her tribute to the region and its people, tracing the course of a year during which she renovated a 13th-century hamlet in the mountains above Cortona. 125,000 first printing.
About the Author
In addition to her Tuscany memoirs,Under the Tuscan SunandBella Tuscany, Frances Mayes is the author of the travel memoirA Year in the World; the illustrated booksIn TuscanyandBringing Tuscany Home;Swan, a novel;The Discovery of Poetry, a text for readers; and five books of poetry. She divides her time between homes inItalyandNorth Carolina. Visit France Mayes’s blog at www.francesmayesbooks.com.
Table of Contents
Pt. 1. Winter into spring. Buongiorno, Luca ; Andiamo a casa = Let's go home ; A house flying ; Bramasole ; The white Vespa ; After ; Bring me the sunflower crazed with light — Pt. 2. Summer into fall. Orto and oven ; Vine yard ; Gite al mare = Little trips to the sea ; Circles on my map : Umbria and beyond ; Signorelli's bones ; Amici = Friends ; The Signorelli Trail ; Citt
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