Frances Mayes, whose enchanting international bestseller UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN made the world fall in love with Tuscany, invites us back for a delightful new season of friendship, festivity and food. Having spent her summers in Tuscany for the past several years, Frances Mayes relished the... show more
Frances Mayes, whose enchanting international bestseller UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN made the world fall in love with Tuscany, invites us back for a delightful new season of friendship, festivity and food.
Having spent her summers in Tuscany for the past several years, Frances Mayes relished the opportunity to experience the pleasures of Primavera: Italian spring. A sabbatical from teaching in San Francisco allowed her to return to Cortona— and her beloved house, Bramasole— just as the first green appeared on the rocky hillsides.
BELLA TUSCANY is a passionate and lyrical account of her continuing love affair with Italy. Now truly at home there, Mayes writes of her deepening connection to the land, her flourishing friendships with local people and the joys of art, food and wine. It is also a memoir of a season of change, and of renewed possibility. As spring becomes summer she revives Bramasole’s lush gardens, meets the challenges of learning a new language, tours regions from Sicily to the Veneto and faces transitions in her family life.
Publish date: 1999
Publisher: Anchor Books
Pages no: 286
Edition language: English
Very much more of the same from Under the Tuscan Sun but with more travel and more poetry and more philosophical musings. I really just wanted to hear about the house and their village, so I found myself skimming whenever the chapters covered their travels. I usually love the travel bits, but a...
I'd prefer more details on the life in Italy and less on the wedding of the author's daughter in California.I have not read the first book "Under the Tuscan Sun" but I have a feeling I should have read it instead of this sequel.
Frances Mayes continues her story of life in Tuscany. The book is a meditation on life in Italy--gardening, cooking, traveling, etc. The luxury of an unhurried life a few months out of each year. An enjoyable read; I want to pack my bags tonight and spend a few weeks at the least in Tuscany at Br...
I'm giving up on this book. I loved "Under the Tuscan Sun", so I had been looking forward to reading this sequel, but it just doesn't live up to my expectations. Rather than finding Frances Mayes writing engaging and charming as I did in UtTS, here it instead comes across as boring and pretentious. ...
If at all possible one should arrange one's life to include a summer house in a scenic area. I plan to take this advice very seriously in my next life.