In Tuscany

Version: Unabridged
Author: Frances Mayes , Edward Mayes
Narrator: Frances Mayes , Edward Mayes
Genres: Travel
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: October 2000
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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For thousands of listeners, Frances Mayes captures the essence of Tuscany like no other writer. "In Tuscany" is a window on the world of feasts and festivals, food and wine, people and culture that she and her husband fell in love with. Mayes takes her listeners on a tour of her daily life -- to the piazza, with its medieval courtyards, people with their pets and their cars, and snippets of overheard conversations; to the campo, where she evokes the shifting seasons in the hunt for mushrooms, the harvest of the grapes, and the first olive pressing.

No one celebrates like the Tuscans do, and here are feste of all kinds -- Christmas dinner for twenty-seven at a neighbor's house and a donkey ride around the church in Montepulciano.

Finally, she celebrates la belleza -- the beauty -- of Tuscany. "In Tuscany" reveals the singular splendor of one of the world's best-loved and most-visited regions.

Author Details

Author Details

Mayes, Frances

"Frances Mayes is the author of three best-selling books about Italy. The number one New York Times best seller, Under the Tuscan Sun, remained on that list for over two years. It was followed by the memoir, Bella Tuscany, also an international best seller. These books are published in fourteen languages. In 2000, she published In Tuscany, a collaborative photo-text with Bob Krist and with her husband, the poet Edward Mayes. All three highly personal books are about taking chances, living in Italy, loving and renovating an old Italian villa, and the pleasures of food as well as the ""voluptuousness of Italian life.""

A widely published poet and essayist, Frances Mayes has written five books of poetry, most recently Ex Voto from Lost Roads Publishers. Her previous books of poetry are Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, and Hours. She is also the author of The Discovery of Poetry, published by Harcourt.

Formerly Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing, Mayes now devotes herself full time to writing. Her first novel, Swan, was published in October 2002. Ms. Mayes is the editor for the 2002 Best American Travel Writing. She and her husband continue to divide their year between San Francisco and Cortona, Italy. The film version of Under the Tuscan Sun (Disney / Touchstone, Fall 2003), features actress Diane Lane."