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In Tuscany Hardcover – 26 Oct 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; 01 edition (26 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091878047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0641770654
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.6 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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San Francisco writer Frances Mayes told her own story in Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, her first two books on the beginning of her life in Tuscany. With building works now complete at the rundown villa known as Bramasole, Mayes steps out of the idyllic house on a hill and into the countryside, no longer the tourist.

With In Tuscany Mayes has come much closer to creating the proper distance from her subjects while offering intimate observation. The book's format is a pleasant mixture of a picture book, cookbook, travel guide and journal and the result is an astute sense of what friends, when they visit, must want her to reveal.

It is not all tourism, by any means, and the still-laboured "me" factor continues to have a presence in the essays: "I continue to be amazed that I can feel both so at home and, simultaneously, that I've just arrived. Will I always be new? I've come to think so".

The essays, which move by chapter from Kisses to the Plaza, Festivals, Countryside, Kitchen and Beauty, give Mayes a hub for the stories she tells, inserting recipes and helpful tourist information along the path. Here, she works the best of her not insubstantial abilities to the advantage of her subjects. For those following the Bramasole saga, husband Edward, a poet, pens a lovely essay on the olive harvest.

Photojournalist Bob Krist brings intimacy to the landscape and village images that are paired beautifully with the text so that whether or not it is true, there is a sense of seeing the people in the stories Mayes has created in Tuscany.

It is an unexpected departure from the serial travels and travails of this genre. Those who were put off by the first person discovery aspects of the earlier books should take a second look. --Kathleen Buckley

Book Description

Frances Mayes' first illustrated book which shows what the Tuscany she's always written about really looks like.

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