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Frances Mayes

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Frances Mayes's new book is Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir , published by Crown. With her husband, Edward Mayes she recently published The Tuscan Sun Cookbook. Every Day in Tuscany is the third volume in her bestselling Tuscany memoir series.

In addition to her Tuscany memoirs, Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany , Frances Mayes is the author of the travel memoir A Year in the World; the illustrated books In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home; Swan, a novel; The Discovery of Poetry, a text for readers; and five books of poetry. She divides her time between homes in Italy and North Carolina.

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Frances Mayes Living in Italy reminded me so much of small town life in Georgia in the era I grew up. The hospitality, the generosity, the tolerance for eccentric…moreLiving in Italy reminded me so much of small town life in Georgia in the era I grew up. The hospitality, the generosity, the tolerance for eccentric characters--so many things. But, really, the landscape of my childhood was the big thing. I always felt that the place I came from was powerful and that the weather, sunsets, sky, streams, storms all had some mysterious function to shape those of us who lived there. All southern writers sense this, I think. Hard to explain, but flying in, I see that red clay below and I always think--I am home. (less)
Frances Mayes My first trip there was because of art. I had studied renaissance art in college and wanted to see the real paintings. Of course, when I got there I…moreMy first trip there was because of art. I had studied renaissance art in college and wanted to see the real paintings. Of course, when I got there I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the towns, the vivacity of the people, and the easy sense of time. After that, I went there every chance I had, then finally ought an abandoned little villa near Cortona. (less)
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Under the Tuscan Sun
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As you can see, this is one well-worn cookbook. I bought it when it came out in 1986. Camille Glenn, by my lights, had it all right. Her collection of traditional southern recipes has been a boon anytime I’ve realized that my mother’s recipe in hand obviously left off instructions or omitted ingredients that she assumed any fool would know! I love Camille Glenn’s crab recipes, the corn pudding,...

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March 2010, Frances Mayes
"Italy is the hot spot on the planet—blessed with beauty, a huge hunk of western civilization, enchanting towns, opera, the whole history of architecture and art, Rome!, blissful islands, robust food and wine—tutto! " ...More

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As you can see, this is one well-worn cookbook. I bought it when it came out in 1986. Camille Glenn, by my lights, had it all right. Her collection... Read more of this blog post »
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
" Just listened to his The End of the Affair, read by Colin Firth. Excellent!
Now into The Power and the Glory. Will try this, too. I read him years ago
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A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
"I love language. I love how by changing the structure of a sentence, you can change the meaning and the context. I love how words slip along the page like a babbling brook and soothe my weary soul, I love how other words refuse to slip my mind and..." Read more of this review »
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
"A beautiful ode to trees, living on the land, and a Southern childhood!"
The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
" I love these books and am intrigued by the author remaining anonymous . The third is already out and it's the fourth coming soon. All delicious readin ...more "
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Forrest Gander has written a seamless novel that's hard to put down. The writing is compelling on every page, so compelling that you know you're in the hands of a superb prose stylist. I especially enjoyed the spare descriptions of the desert landsca ...more
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Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
"”At the hour when I usually went downstairs to find out what there was for dinner...I would stop by the table, where the kitchen-maid had shelled them, to inspect the platoons of peas, drawn up in ranks and numbered, like little green marbles, rea..." Read more of this review »
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“Life offers you a thousand chances... all you have to do is take one.”
Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

“Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different.”
Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

“There is no technique, there is just the way to do it.
Now, are we going to measure or are we going to cook?”
Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun
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