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
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