A Year in the World by Frances Mayes
Journeys of A Passionate Traveller

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A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF UNDER MAGNOLIA

The author who unforgettably captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany in bestselling travel memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself—and her readers—in the sights, aromas, and treasures of twelve new special places.

A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes—a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.

With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucía, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She cooks in Portugal, gathers ideas in the gardens of England and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an ideal place to live in Mantova, and explores the essential Moroccan city of Fez. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. While in Greece, she follows the classic Homeric voyage across the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone house in Crete, and then drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with friends, she sails the ancient coast, hiking to archaeological sites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine towns. Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and social and culinary traditions of each area, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to the reader. An illuminating and passionate book that will be savored by all who loved Under the Tuscan Sun, A Year in the World is travel writing at its peak.

Now with an excerpt from Frances Mayes's latest southern memoir, Under Magnolia
 

About Frances Mayes

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In addition to her Tuscany memoirs, Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, Frances Mayes is the author of the travel 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. Visit France Mayes's blog at www.francesmayesbooks.com.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published March 14, 2006 by Broadway Books. 448 pages
Genres: Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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A collection of tales about searching the globe for inspiration, only to find fulfillment on the return home.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of A Year in the World: Journeys...

Publishers Weekly

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Even people who don't normally read travel books are aware of the old Italian villa that Mayes and her husband restored, chronicled in Mayes's bestseller Under the T

Dec 05 2005 | Read Full Review of A Year in the World: Journeys...

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The only passion is for the husband with whom she travels. They sweep around the Mediterranean like a couple cuddling in their living room.

Apr 25 2006 | Read Full Review of A Year in the World: Journeys...

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Frances Mayes and her husband Ed give up the security of their tenured university positions and the comfort of routine, and slip into their new roles of modern-day explorers and travel writers.

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