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A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller Hardcover – 14 Mar 2006

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" Those who want to find parts of themselves they didn't know existed, take risks, have an adventure . . . and discover another culture altogether, with its different rhythms, tastes, smells, and ways of being human-- those readers will find in Mayes a kindly, eager, tough-spirited guide."
-- "Houston Chronicle"
" Mayes is a master at capturing a solid sense of place through her lush, poetic narratives."
-- "Orlando Sentinel"
" It's easy to understand why Mayes has become a kind of cult figure for seekers of The Good Life. She not only inspires us to seize the moment, sip the wine, and smell the roses, she also makes us feel it is quite possible to transform our lives, just as she did."
-- "Lexington Herald-Leader
"" Mayes displays a gift for conveying everyday life through her writing . . . and presents a simpler, less frantic version of how to live one's life."
-- "USA Today
"" Frances Mayes is, before all else, a wonderful writer." -- "Chicago Tribune"

Those who want to find parts of themselves they didn t know existed, take risks, have an adventure . . . and discover another culture altogether, with its different rhythms, tastes, smells, and ways of being human those readers will find in Mayes a kindly, eager, tough-spirited guide.
Houston Chronicle

Mayes is a master at capturing a solid sense of place through her lush, poetic narratives.
Orlando Sentinel

It s easy to understand why Mayes has become a kind of cult figure for seekers of The Good Life. She not only inspires us to seize the moment, sip the wine, and smell the roses, she also makes us feel it is quite possible to transform our lives, just as she did.
Lexington Herald-Leader
Mayes displays a gift for conveying everyday life through her writing . . . and presents a simpler, less frantic version of how to live one s life.
USA Today
Frances Mayes is, before all else, a wonderful writer. Chicago Tribune
Armchair travel is rarely this astute and fun.
Scripps-Howard News Service
Nobody is better than Frances Mayes at giving the sharp sensory details that take you immediately into a place: colors, sounds, smells, tastes Her writing captures the whole experience This is travel writing of high quality, focused on beauty.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Befitting her gifts as a poet, Mayes's prose shines with evocative imagery, bringing life to every subject she encounters across her peripatetic year."
-Booklist"

"Those who want to find parts of themselves they didn't know existed, take risks, have an adventure . . . and discover another culture altogether, with its different rhythms, tastes, smells, and ways of being human--those readers will find in Mayes a kindly, eager, tough-spirited guide."
--Houston Chronicle

"Mayes is a master at capturing a solid sense of place through her lush, poetic narratives."
--Orlando Sentinel

"It's easy to understand why Mayes has become a kind of cult figure for seekers of The Good Life. She not only inspires us to seize the moment, sip the wine, and smell the roses, she also makes us feel it is quite possible to transform our lives, just as she did."
--Lexington Herald-Leader

"Mayes displays a gift for conveying everyday life through her writing . . . and presents a simpler, less frantic version of how to live one's life."
--USA Today

"Frances Mayes is, before all else, a wonderful writer." --Chicago Tribune

"Armchair travel is rarely this astute and fun."
--Scripps-Howard News Service

"Nobody is better than Frances Mayes at giving the sharp sensory details that take you immediately into a place: colors, sounds, smells, tastes...Her writing captures the whole experience...This is travel writing of high quality, focused on beauty."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Befitting her gifts as a poet, Mayes's prose shines with evocative imagery, bringing life to every subject she encounters across her peripatetic year."
-Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

In addition to her Tuscany memoirs, Under the Tuscan Sun, Every Day in Tuscany, and Bella Tuscany, FRANCES MAYES is the author of the illustrated books In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home; Swan, a novel; The Discovery of Poetry, a text for readers; five books of poetry; and most recently a southern memoir, Under Magnolia. She divides her time between homes in Italy and North Carolina. Visit France Mayes's blog at www.francesmayesbooks.com.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars It started in Under the Tuscan Sun and has gotten worse with each book 6 July 2014
By C. Witzke - Published on Amazon.com
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With each book Mayes has written, she has become more and more self-absorbed, and more and more vicious toward her fellow man. It started in Under the Tuscan Sun and has gotten worse with each book. Her nasty attack on the "fat" woman at the swimming pool caused me to google images of Mayes herself. She says "Wanting to lose twelve pounds myself..." She needs to lose more like 40 or 50. Even if that weren't the case, her vitriol toward people, including some of her "friends"--whom she's careful enough to add enough information about so they can recognize themselves--is disgusting. It was obvious she was mad at the cruise company for not pushing her talk when only five people showed up and took it out in print. I'm surprised she didn't name the cruise company. And the cruise was free! One doesn't want to cross Mayes, or they will find themselves chastised in print.

And too much of the book was dedicated to the two of them gorging themselves. I could have done without half of that, and without all the quotes from herself and her ancient, adored authors. She complains that tourists have ruined places around the world, and yet she and her husband are what--tourists! Last but not least, with all her worldly knowledge and research skills, she rented three bust places, one of them sight unseen. Has she not heard about VRBO and Google Earth?

I thought I would get more about the places they visited and less waxing about her ruminations and about her opinions of everything that didn't please her. I’m disappointed with how self-absorbed she has become, and I will not be reading her memoir.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Year In the World - a big letdown 16 Mar. 2011
By Suzanne Dobbins - Published on Amazon.com
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I was really looking forward to reading A Year In The World. Unfortunately, it was completely disappointing. Frances Mayes' bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun did what this book did not. It employed a great story, new experiences in a foreign country, and the reader got to know several new people by reading this memoir. In this travel journal, Mayes seems to forget the most important rule when writing a book: have a good story to tell. A Year In The World reads more like a simple diary, embellished in poetic words. Beautiful, yet utterly boring.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love going on journeys with her 4 Dec. 2016
By Darlene E Bradford - Published on Amazon.com
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I love going on journeys with her
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Ms. Mayes best book 18 May 2011
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I agree with many of the other reviewers who found Ms. Mayes to be condescending now that she's clearly in the ranks of the luxury traveler. I bought the book at a Smithsonian lecture, where Ms. Mayes gave a fine lecture with beautiful photos. The book style however did not live up to the theme. I haven't read more recent books so hope she's more down-to-earth. Travel is not just about places but people. I too recall trips where I was astonished at what folks wore -- think tiny bikinis by large Brazilians in Rio (smile). But that didn't detract from my trips -- just added to my understanding of cultural diversity. I can think fondly on my travels, and know I'm lucky to have seen so much of the world.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where was the editor? 6 Mar. 2008
By Sharon Fratepietro - Published on Amazon.com
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This book disappointed me because I expected to find the quality of writing in A Year in Tuscany. Instead, A Year in the World rambled along interminably. Where was the editor of this overwritten book? Too much erudite history and too many long attempts at poetic description make getting to the end a long slog. Also, I would have liked some description of husband Ed. Occasional, brief, stilted conversations between Frances and Ed revealed next to nothing about Ed's personality, background, thoughts or appearance. Finally, I can't help wondering how much Frances and Ed weigh? A great deal of the book is about food, and the many snacks and meals they enjoyed each day. A photo of the two would satisfy this reader's curiosity. I liked A Year in Tuscany, but A Year in the World is about six months too long.
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