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Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy by [Frances Mayes]
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Editorial Reviews

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Critical Acclaim for Frances Mayes and Under the Tuscan Sun:

"Tuscany may have found its own bard in Frances Mayes."
--New York Times

"This beautifully written memoir about taking chances, living in Italy, loving a house, and always, the pleasures of food, would make a perfect gift for a loved one. But it's so delicious, read it first yourself."
--USA Today

"So enchanting that an armchair traveler will find it hard to resist jumping out of the chair and following in her footsteps."
--Publishers Weekly

"Graceful . . . at once joyful and full of common sense . . . as intimate as a lover's whisper, honest and true."
--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"Irresistible . . . a sensuous book for a sensuous countryside."
--Minneapolis Star-Tribune


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Writing again about Tuscany, Mayes continues to acquaint readers with the delights of Italy. This book follows Under the Tuscan Sun (LJ 9/1/96), Mayess popular account of falling in love with Tuscany and purchasing an old villa for her summer vacations. Now Mayes, on sabbatical from her teaching position in San Francisco, is experiencing Italy in the early spring with her friend and soon-to-be-spouse, Ed. Together they continue work on their house, selecting plants for the garden, pots for the piazza, and tiles for the bathroom. In between projects, they find time to explore regions beyond Tuscany, including Sicily and Venice. Mayes writes with a poets attention to sensuous detail, whether describing a six-course meal (she provides recipes), a fresco in a little-known church, or the challenges of learning Italian. She describes village life with all its warmth, friendliness, and individuality, in sharp contrast to the growing impersonality and homogeneity of America. Recommended for all public libraries.
-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000FBFOA0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crown (August 5, 2003)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 5, 2003
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4380 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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