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Author: Frances Mayes Narrator: Frances Mayes Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780553751550

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Frances Mayes, whose enchanting #1 New York Times bestseller Under the Tuscan Sunmade the world fall in love with Tuscany, invites readers back for a delightful new season of friendship, festivity, and food, there and throughout Italy.

Having spent her summers in Tuscany for the past several years, Frances Mayes relished the opportunity to experience the pleasures of primavera, an 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, a companion volume to Under the Tuscan Sun, is her 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, the joys of art, food, and wine, and the rewards and occasional heartbreaks of her villa's ongoing restoration. 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.

Filled with recipes from her Tuscan kitchen and written in the sensuous and evocative prose that has become her hallmark, Bella Tuscany is a celebration of the sweet life in Italy.

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  • Critical Acclaim for Frances Mayes and Under the Tuscan Sun:

  • Tuscany may have found its own bard in Frances Mayes.

    - New York Times
  • This beautifully written memoir about taking chances, living in Italy, loving a house, and always, the pleasures of food, would make a perfect gift for a loved one. But it's so delicious, read it first yourself.

    - USA Today
  • So enchanting that an armchair traveler will find it hard to resist jumping out of the chair and following in her footsteps.

    - Publishers Weekly
  • Graceful . . . at once joyful and full of common sense . . . as intimate as a lover's whisper, honest and true.

    - San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
  • Irresistible . . . a sensuous book for a sensuous countryside.

    - Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved her description of the Tuscan countryside. It was a very interesting book. "

    - Julie, 5/3/2011
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Too descriptive - bordered on snoozeville for me, but I know others who love it. "

    - Kara, 4/22/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I think I liked this one even more than "Under the Tuscan Sun", and I didn't think that would be possible. "

    - Alicia, 3/28/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Nice overview of different areas of Italy but I could do without the recipes and the waxing poetic on life. "

    - Capergirl, 3/25/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Loved Under the Tuscan looking forward to reading the sequel "

    - Kim, 1/23/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I have read this and Under the Tuscan Sun at least 8 times! "

    - Stephanie, 12/28/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another great book from Frances Mayes. All I want to do is pack a suitcase and go to Italy :) "

    - Jasmin, 12/10/2010
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A great book to read before traveling to Italy. And, reading it inspires you to experience the real Tuscany. This is a book describing an couple who took a year to experience Tuscany. "

    - Donnasuelouise, 10/1/2010
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The descriptions are very vivid. I love to read books about other countries. It was a little slow in the beginning but I really enjoyed the ending. "

    - Lynne, 9/6/2010

About the Author

Frances Mayes is the author of four books about Tuscany. The now-classic Under the Tuscan Sun–which was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years and became a Touchstone movie starring Diane Lane—was followed by Bella Tuscany and two illustrated books, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home. She is also the author of the novel, Swan, several books of poetry, and The Discovery of Poetry. A native of Georgia, she now divides her time between San Francisco and Cortona, Italy.