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Frances Mayes

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Fitzgerald, Georgia, The United States
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Frances Mayes's new novel is Women in Sunlight , 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 memoirs Under Magnolia: A Southern 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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Bella Tuscany

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In the next three weeks, I am wrapping up the travel for SEE YOU IN THE PIAZZA: PLACES TO DISCOVER IN ITALY. It won’t be published until April, 2019. This coming April, my new novel WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT comes out. The travel book is such a joy. We have been on the road for most of a year. It has been revelatory: Italy is truly endless! We are finding staggering variety in this country that is the...

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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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" Vicki, thank you. You are so right! "
" Thanks! ZaZa is on my list! So much going on there now. And I must, must get to Torino soon. Hope you're enjoying this lovely fall. We just finished o ...more "
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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More of Frances's books…
“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

“Where you are is who you are. The further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it. Never casual, the choice of place is the choice of something you crave.”
Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

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