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In this sequel to her New York Times bestsellers Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, the celebrated "bard of Tuscany" (New York Times) lyrically chronicles her continuing, two decades-long love affair with Tuscany's people, art, cuisine, and lifestyle. Frances Mayes offers her readers a deeply personal memoir of her present-day life in Tuscany, encompassing both the chIn this sequel to her New York Times bestsellers Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, the celebrated "bard of Tuscany" (New York Times) lyrically chronicles her continuing, two decades-long love affair with Tuscany's people, art, cuisine, and lifestyle. Frances Mayes offers her readers a deeply personal memoir of her present-day life in Tuscany, encompassing both the changes she has experienced since Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany appeared, and sensuous, evocative reflections on the timeless beauty and vivid pleasures of Italian life. Among the themes Mayes explores are how her experience of Tuscany dramatically expanded when she renovated and became a part-time resident of a 13th century house with a stone roofin the mountains above Cortona, how life in the mountains introduced her to a "wilder" side of Tuscany--and with it a lively engagement with Tuscany's mountain people. Throughout, she reveals the concrete joys of life in her adopted hill town, with particular attention tolife in the piazza, the art of Luca Signorelli (Renaissance painter from Cortona), and the pastoral pleasures of feasting from her garden.Moving always toward a deeper engagement, Mayes writes of Tuscan icons thathave become for her storehouses of memory, of crucible moments from which bigger ideas emerged, andof the writing life she has enjoyed in the room where Under the Tuscan Sun began. With more on the pleasures of life at Bramasole, the delights and challenges of living in Italy day-to-day and favorite recipes, Every Day in Tuscany is a passionate and inviting account of the richness and complexity of Italian life."...

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Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life Reviews

  • Karen
    2018-10-25 12:44

    Oh. My. God. Beyond tedious. I can't even begin to describe how much I do not care about this book. It just doesn't flow. I really loved Under The Tuscan Sun. It had a focus and a purpose. But this thing is a collection of whining anecdotes and whatever else happened to pass through the author's mind at the time that should have been kept to herself. The writing style started to grate on my nerves and I was so distracted I couldn't get through one whole page. She's all over the place. The writing is so abstract I could barely tell what was going on. And it's titled Every Day In Tuscany, but a portion of it is about trips outside of Tuscany. Severely disappointed. Read it for the recipes, if at all.

  • mwbham
    2018-10-22 11:43

    This is really only a 2.5 rating. It was, to my surprise, a disappointment to me. I always love her books and her story (especially after spending 4 days in Cortona a few years ago). The book was a bit like a journal - some longer pieces about life in Cortona, many short bits about travel to small Tuscany towns, some thoughts on her life now and before, much about food. It just didn't feel held together for me. I had to keep making myself work toward finishing it.My favorites were the pieces about restoring the new place across the valley from Cortona including their on-going battle with the wild boar. It made me grateful that we are only fighting off the deer, squirrels and rabbits. I always assumed when wild boar was listed on menus in Italy that it was really just commercial pork. But, apparently the wild boar are everywhere creating havoc in gardens and yards. Of course, I liked the writing about food.

  • Ensiform
    2018-10-26 08:00

    Not a cohesive memoir so much as a personal diary of the author’s time in Tuscany, now twenty years on since her bestseller. Perhaps because this is her fourth volume of Tuscan ramblings (I have not read anything else by her), she does not take the time to introduce characters but rather just drops their names – is Ed her second husband? Third? Common-law live-in partner? Is her grandchild’s mother her daughter, or Ed’s, or what? Who are all these neighbors, and their relation to her? It’s not terribly important, perhaps, but a nagging distraction for those who have just picked up this one book. In a similar vein, she drops the names of such things as “DOC wines” without explaining that this is an official quality assurance label. In this sense the book is, ironically, very off-putting and exclusionary, since she is trying to write as if composing letters to close friends. It’s very poetic, adjective-drenched, sensual language, light on events and drama, and even lighter on chronological sense. It’s predominately the scents of food and vibrant colorful flowers and thick soft warm cloths, mountains and wooden furniture and Renaissance paintings and fireside sing-alongs.There is a brief point at which something approaching a conflict of interest or drama approaches. She is caught up in local politics, and – and after a build-up that makes it seem as if a loved one will be tortured in front of her – she relates a slightly unpleasant event that shook her up a bit. Her fear soon passes without further incident, as does her telling of it, and after a few pages musing on the bad things that happened to people she’s known, it’s off again with menus, museum tours, shops, flowers, page after page after page about paintings, apparently cribbed from museum tour guides or books on art history – to me the absolute pinnacle of boring reading. All this, with no particular progression or thought to build up a coherent narrative journey: near the very end of the book is when she chooses to ramble about her struggles with the Italian language – why then? – and of course then switches gears abruptly, droning about what might have been if she’d stayed in Georgia – which can be of no interest to anyone but herself. All this museum-visiting and garden-planting and wine-tasting and restaurant-lingering and pasta-making and house-renovating is perhaps fascinating stuff to those who read to live vicariously, but it is not for me. In the end, Mayes’ personal prose style says very little about Tuscany itself, and quite a lot about what a wealthy woman writer from Georgia enjoys doing all day. That, to me, is not what travel writing is all about. The final chapter is pseudo-metaphysical pretentious nonsense (“is the universe – at some distance – shaped like the bones of a cranium?”). Boring. Utterly boring.

  • Caroline
    2018-11-13 05:08

    Frances Mayes continues to mine the territory of her life in Italy in this follow-up to Under the Tuscan Sun. The Italy of Frances Mayes is an idealized fantasy, where every vista is breathtaking, every meal is delicious, and every stranger becomes a fast friend. There are endless hours for drinking cappuccino in the piazza, or lounging at dinners that last for 5 hours, or traveling to country towns to view frescoes, or strolling through fields foraging for wild strawberries. There's no real narrative here, just Mayes using her florid and fanciful prose to sketch impressions and scenes of her beyond-perfect Italian life. And without a story or something to care about, one tires quickly of her endless, breathless gushing. Suitable for Mayes and all-things-Italian fanatics only.

  • Suzanne
    2018-11-21 09:58

    "Seasons of an Italian Life" is a beautifully written journal by Frances Mayes of her life in Italy, her vacation refuge over the last 20+ years. Sharing this life with her husband, her daughter and grandchild clearly bring Ms. Mayes great joy. The Italy of Frances Mayes fills our senses with images of beauty, whether in the form of frescoes and Renaissance art, vases brimming with freshly picked flowers, tables laden with plates of delicious local vegetables, meats and cheeses and, of course, the wine. Mayes' ability to create such lush visual images through the careful construction of her sentences is why so many of us love to read her books. Hers is a life well-lived. The potential reader should know that there is no plot or storyline to this particular book. Instead, it reads as an authentic private journal written by an artist who sees the world as a continually changing place of beauty filled with endless possibilities.

  • Cerealflakes
    2018-11-11 08:02

    I was disappointed in this book. Frances Mayes is always a bit new-agey for me, but the subject matter is often interesting. This book didn't offer interesting subject matter. Often she would talk about minutia as though that were interesting. I guess what disappointed me most is that unlike Under the Tuscan Sun, this book didn't talk much about Italians or Italy, it was about Frances Mayes. I don't have enough in common with this author to appreciate her stories. In short, this wasn't much of a book, it read as though she needed to pay her mortgage so she'd better put out something.

  • Terri
    2018-11-22 10:44

    Life in Italy, Tuscany, no less, seems like an idyllic, simple life, visiting with friends in the piazza over a nice hot cup of coffee that is handed to you for free because you are that gosh darn likeable for an American. In fact, Mayes is so incredible that all the town knows her and loves her and fauns all over her... according to her.This is the life that Frances Mayes lives over there in Europe, Italy, Tuscany for Pete sake, with her husband Ed. Well, they kind of live there except when they're living in their other house in North Carolina. But Mayes speaks Italian so she's almost a native to the area, as opposed to those foppish American tourists who come to Italy visiting loudly.So, yah, Frances Mayes is so full of herself and her quaint life there in Italy where she can afford to live half the year, live like the locals in that understated rich way that she just fits in so nicely. All those details are available to you, if you care.Have you read Eat, Pray Love? This is similar. The author is so taken with herself and her life and her ideas and her everything that it gets to be b-o-r-i-n-g. If you liked Eat, Pray, Love you will like this book as well. If you like reading from an author who is just sure you will want to know all the picayune details of her way more scintillating life than your boring old American one, you will like this book. And if you especially like to read about how way better the Europeans are than those droll Americans, this is a definite 'must read.'So, I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because I liked the aioli recipe and the vanilla sauce recipe.

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-06 12:51

    The movie Under the Tuscan Sun was such a hit, I didn't bother reading the book after seeing the movie. This book seems to be a continuation. At the time she is writing the book, Mayes is a local celebrity--you see it reflected in the way the townspeople treat her, and the tourist visits she gets to her house: Bramasole. "I came to Italy for the art, the cuisine, landscapes, history, architecture, wine, and the ineffable beauty," she says, and you can tell that this is an authentic statement because the entire book centers around it. What I liked about the book were the descriptions of food, wine, art, landscape--Mayes knows just what it takes to show scenery. She sells the beauty of Tuscany and it makes you want to visit. I could actually see the piazza that she so adoringly described, smell the food, taste the wine, feel the rhythm of the crowd. It was also fascinating to read the Italian phrases scattered throughout the narrative and dialogue. I didn't care for the recipes though. Or the anecdotes I encountered halfway through that sometimes didn't follow a pattern or underlying theme within the bigger theme, causing the structure to at times fade away into a collection of essays or random thoughts.

  • Suzanne Barrett
    2018-10-24 04:51

    It's been twenty years since Frances Mayes bought Bramasole near the Tuscan village of Cortona and fascinated readers and movigoers with her adventures in Under the Tuscan Sun. Now residing part of the year in North carolina and part of the year in her beloved Tuscany, Ms. Mayes and her poet husband take readers on a wandering adventure of life, love and food.Every day in Tuscany is a lush tale of reacquainting oneself with good friends, happy jaunts and delicious cuisine, simply prepared in the Tuscan style. The book is peppered with such recipes as potato ravioli with bacon, zucchini and pecorino, chicken under a brick, Placido's Steak and more. But it is also an ode to the region she loves and an adventure with revamping yet another old cottage and in the bargain, living a simple life.Mayes cooks, enjoyes gustatory pleasures gleaned from her Italian friends, travels the countryside, delights in showing her grandson many fascinating sights and hunts out locations for viewings of the art of Luca Signorelli. Her writing style is lyrical and enchanting, however, I felt the book tried to be too many things: travel book, memoir, Italian phrase book, cookbook. The result made it rather choppy, but if you loved Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, you will enjoy this journey into the life and objects of Ms. Mayes decades long attraction.Comment

  • Juliana Haught
    2018-11-16 08:50

    I am kind of sad that my honest rating of the book is only "okay" after having loved the author's other Tuscany books so much, especially the first one. Frances Mayes is a fabulous writer, very poetic and lovely prose, but I found myself feeling a little lost in this book. Mayes' descriptions are beautifully visual, but could sometimes use a little more clarity - I felt like I should maybe re-read the first two books so I could keep track of the houses and places that Mayes talks about. Also, there was a long section on the locations and works of a certain Italian artist that read like a travelogue. I struggled to maintain interest in this part, even though I've studied art history and love the Italian masters myself. Since I don't ever plan to go to Italy to follow the tour of this artist's work, I finally skipped past the end of that section - it was that, or drop the book altogether. Other parts of this book read like poetry. While I probably won't read this again, I'd still be open to reading other works by this author, because I love how she sees the world and how she describes it. She seems like an ideal person to join for a day or two in a car, exploring some quaint place.

  • Marcia
    2018-10-26 09:59

    I am a big fan of Ms. Mayes two previous books about her life in Tuscany. Compared to them, this one fell short. The sections chronicling her quest to follow the Italian artists, though meant to share her passion for the artists and their art, lacked passion, feeling more like distracting filler than, quoting the book "a passionate and inviting account of the richness and complexity of Italian art." Far more interesting were the stories about her neighbors, her family her home. Unfortunately, there was far too little of that.

  • Kathryn
    2018-11-07 12:05

    Oh. My. God.Will something PLEASE HAPPEN in this story before I gnaw off my HEAD??????How completely precious can we get?Especially with no acknowledgement whatsoever as to the extreme privilege of this lifestyle and the fact that Mayes never, really, hurt for money, since like, forever?If she translates one more Latin cognate phrase into English for the two 8-year-olds for whom the level of literary challenge this book has been gauged, I will SCREAM.

  • K.M. Weiland
    2018-10-31 10:55

    I will agree that Mayes is probably beginning to reach the end of originality in her series on Tuscany. And I will also agree that this installment is a little less focused and poetic than previous books. But I still love it. Mayes is magic with words, and Tuscany is still a delightful and intoxicating place to get to visit by proxy.

  • Joy
    2018-11-12 05:48

    I debated whether to give this book 2 stars or 3 but decided it is worth 3 since Frances is a very good writer. Also, I enjoyed the recipes and may try a few.

  • Jo
    2018-11-17 09:55

    A cookbook? A diary? A non-cohesive book of random thoughts about Tuscany. Marketed as a sequel to Under the Tuscan Sun. Extremely tedious

  • Jenifer
    2018-11-04 09:59

    I thought this memoir was interesting, because I'm interested in a lot of the things that Mayes loves to talk about; food, friends, family, architecture, art and living a simple, well-intentioned life. I liked her writing and I didn't think she was overly optimistic or complaining. Man, people love to read a memoir and then pick every detail and statement of the author apart! I think maybe they just don't like memoirs.

  • A B
    2018-10-23 11:51

    If I wanted a writer to describe a ridiculously boring process - such as watching grass grow or paint dry - and somehow make it sound beautiful and special, I would hire Frances Mayes.I mean that as a compliment. Ms. Mayes seems like a lovely lady, and she has a rare gift of showcasing the English language at its finest. When used properly, English is a truly beautiful language.The problem is that this book is really about nothing. It is a disorganized mess. I felt as if I was reading excerpts from her diary. There is no organization or indication of the passage of time. All I can gather is that some of the book's musings took place in summer 2006 when Italy won the World Cup. She seems flabbergasted by how amazing Italy is and how us poor ole regular people just cannot fathom what we are missing. The book has a uncomfortable undertone that is not quite arrogant and is just this side of pretentious. Condescending, perhaps. I feel like she's talking down to me.She writes about gardening, eating, gardening, eating, and then a bit about eating from the garden. From her descriptions, all Tuscans ever do is eat and talk, and she appears completely oblivious to the fact that people in America like to garden and eat. Generalizations about Tuscan life are made and for someone who has lived in Italy for so long, Ms. Mayes seems remarkably naive at times. I would say this lack of awareness comes from the fact that she is not working in Italy and appears very financially comfortable. With that kind of crutch, it's easy to spend your days gardening and cooking. Aside from a brief complaint about the Euro/US dollar exchange rate and politics of a small town, there is little to indicate that anything goes wrong in Italy. Ever. There is no mention of high unemployment, crime, and corruption.Another issue is that she describes her many Italian friends by first names: Placido, Luca, Silvia, Chiara, Robert Redford (no, really). I have no idea how they became friends or how to distinguish these people. In fact, she provides so little context that it was 1/3 of the way through the book that I realized the "Luca" she refers to is Luca Signorelli, a long-dead renowned painter from Cortona.I enjoyed reading about the restoration of Bramasole in Under the Tuscan Sun. Sadly, there is no mention of restoration of a stone "cottage" she buys in the Tuscan mountains. They even build a swimming pool. Oddly enough, the book rambles frequently about her childhood in Georgia, a shameless plug for her Southern memoir that she was working on simultaneously.For a book about seasons in Italy, there are zero seasons. Easter is mentioned once, and Christmas not at all. These are both important and interesting events in the winter and spring seasons.Why 2 stars? The writing is just gorgeous. A boring book becomes worthwhile due to how intrigued I was. Sure, she was writing about nothing, but it was somehow interesting. I don't think I will read any more of her Italian memoirs because I think it's just encouraging milking the proverbial cash cow.**I received a copy from a Goodreads giveaway. This in no way influenced my rating or my review. As always, I thank the author and publisher for the complimentary copy.**

  • Christine Zibas
    2018-11-22 10:57

    Well known for her books about the Tuscan countryside, its people, and the life of an expat in Cortona, Frances Mayes brings us yet more stories in her newest book, Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life. Unlike other authors who dwell on the same subject (even those whose life is similar to Mayes albeit in another European idyll instead of Tuscany), however, Mayes breathes new life into a place readers have come to know through her writings (Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany, among others).Mayes's writing really aligns with the TS Eliot sentiment that "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." Each time Mayes turns our attention to Tuscany and her travels in the Italian countryside, it is as if both she and we had discovered something old and beautiful at an antique fair. Mayes personalizes Italy for her readers, with tales of her neighbors, her cooking, her garden, even her troubles when she protests a local building project and a retaliation by local thugs.In this volume, there is a focus on a local Cortona painter from the Renaissance, whose works she ferrets out in surrounding churches, palaces, and galleries. There are endless stories of the garden and cooking (along with intriguing recipes, some handed down from long ago Etruscans to modern day Tuscans). There is the incident that results from a very American decision to protest the building of a local structure, and the lessons learned. There are tales of neighbors and family and her husband Ed, which figure prominently and infuse the book with love.There's very little that's surprising for anyone who knows Mayes's other work, and yet it often seems each page contains a tiny gem, a hidden secret from the Italian countryside or way of living. She's an excellent landscape painter of words, but she's even better at conveying just what it is that makes living in a "foreign" land so enchanting and rewarding, despite the hard work of maintaining an old house or working out the puzzle of just the right cultural approach to a dilemma (when one's own upbringing doesn't match that of the new land).In short, there's nothing new under this Tuscan sun, but that doesn't mean this book isn't worth grabbing up and devouring. It's a love song to Tuscany, a small glimpse of a layered life that would take a lifetime to understand. Frances Mayes is a brilliant writer, and this book delights from the first page to the last. For anyone who has longed to live in a foreign place, to know it as home, this book is sure to please and guaranteed to let you inhabit a magical place for at least a few hours.

  • Kimberly
    2018-10-27 09:54

    2.5 stars, rounded to 3 My husband bought me this book as a Christmas gift, most likely because he knows I love the movie Under the Tuscan Sun and because we went to Italy together a few years back and loved it. I haven't read Mayes' previous two books which left me at a disadvantage reading this as there were certainly references that I didn't quite get. On the negative side, the book didn't flow particularly well for me, because the chapters were comprised of shorter passages that didn't always seem cohesive. On the positive side, Mayes was great at capturing the spirit and feel of Italy (I would hope so, haha!). I especially enjoyed her reflections on how Italians feed children versus Americans. Americans seem to think there are 'kids' foods' (i.e. chicken nuggets, fries, etc.) and 'adult foods', but this is an entirely foreign concept to Italians. In Italy, children eat what adults do. Incidentally, that's also how I feed our kids. Anyway, I was also excited by how many recipes were in the book and I'm really looking forward to trying them. I'm not sure that I would read another of Mayes' books in the same vein as this one, but I would definitely buy a cookbook by her if she ever does one. She properly captures the Italian way of cooking with quality ingredients--simple is better.

  • Marilyn
    2018-11-14 12:59

    I've enjoyed these little books by Frances Mayes that take us on a tour of Italy through the eyes of an ex pat who loves the country and has spent several months a year settling into Italian life. I must say that this was not my favorite. I almost put it down through the first couple of rather disjointed chapters which seemed different than her usual writing. Then, I would hit a familiar voice and enjoy myself for a bit. But it was that kind of experience reading the whole book. Some chapters I enjoyed, others were either boring and didn't quite come together for me. I love when she sticks to food and friends. The art is interesting, but becomes academic and difficult to enjoy without any context or first hand experience with the paintings. The section was too long and boring. It's one of those times when the person experiencing something gets caught in the reverie and is not thinking how their involvement shuts out (rather than brings in) the audience. I think the writing was spotty. I've always enjoyed her addition of recipes that makes the text come alive. In the past, she has given me a vicarious love affair with Tuscany. Her writing has immersed me in the culture and experience. This time, however, it just called attention to itself.

  • Jodi
    2018-10-30 06:05

    This review refers specifically to the audio edition. Frances Mayes is a terrible narrator for all that she is a magically lyrical writer. This is not a straight forward memoir. It is a series of disconnected or unconnected vignettes that describe more life in Tuscany. Some of these vignettes were just lovely. Food descriptions that I could practically taste, weather that I could feel. Other stories went on endlessly and though they were well written, they were long. The art section in particular went on endlessly but while her writing is beautiful I was torn. I kept thinking I was supposed to be jealous. That I was supposed to envy her life, be jealous of it. Although she went into detail about a terrible event that happened at Bramasole, that was really to show us that she's human, The rest of the book was to show that she was not. I suspect as a book this worked much better. The reader could imagine Diane Lane doing the reading, feeling the romance that we saw in Under The Tuscan Sun. But as I started this review, Mayes doesn't have the kind of voice you want to listen to. It doesn't evoke romance. It made me cringe through most of the book because she is describing such beauty.

  • Peggy
    2018-11-04 11:08

    I enjoy Frances Mayes' lyrical writing; her descriptions are delightful. I also enjoyed the recipes included in this book and the chance to see how the Italians she knows view, live, and enjoy life.I read a chapter of this book every night before bed and it was a fun way to settle down and savor another slower, calmer, seemingly carefree world.It was obvious, however, that Mayes is now a celebrity in her part of Tuscany. She tries hard to convey herself as still one of the common folk living in Tuscany but spending time with Robert Redford while he is in the area makes that seem unlikely.Owning TWO houses in the area now would also seem to indicate a change in status; it was never clear why she needed two homes in the same area. And her "worrying" about how to afford the repairs and improvements needed to her homes seemed a bit forced.I have copied some of the recipes and I hope to try them this summer. I am also going to reread Under the Tuscan Sun, her bestseller and where it all began before she was "somebody".I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a peaceful, easy, gentle read.

  • Wendy
    2018-11-07 05:47

    Deeply, painfully familiar. After finishing: okay, I get why so many people are all "the first book was great and this one is bad", because it's nowhere near as reader-friendly, and of course a lot of this ground has been trod already, but I was perfectly happy to immerse myself back in this world. So many of the less-than-stellar reviews seem like nothing more than envy and resentment; and I do feel a little bit of that, like "wait, this should be MY life", but I'm glad she gets to live this way and that I got to have a taste of it.The book is scattered, but in many ways it feels more personal, less edited; I felt like I got a better sense of what their life is REALLY like, of how being well-known has affected the way she lives in Italy. She is consistently conscious of her privilege and her debt to the tourists who sometimes annoy her, and I appreciate that.

  • Myra Flor
    2018-11-09 08:47

    I would've given this book one star if it weren't for the Italian recipes, the chunk about her grandson visiting her (the only relatable part of this memoir) and the paragraph about how to properly buy and store extra virgin olive oil. I found the rest of the book either incredibly self-indulgent on the author's part or the author desperately grasping to write something substantial post-Under the Tuscan Sun (which I haven't read). I am an Italophile (Someone who loves anything Italian? Is that the correct word for it?) but this book by Mayes had me often rolling my eyes at her idyllic, privileged life, not just in Tuscany, but also her past (she reminisces often about her former life in America). Ugh, it does not make me want to read Under the Tuscan Sun, but I hear it's great so maybe I'll consider it.

  • Beth
    2018-11-10 05:07

    Ups and downs with this one...too much museum type stuff for me, but her prose is still compelling, such as: At a Tuscan funeral..."From my vantage, only her gray nose was visible above the side of the coffin, a little sail setting out for the afterlife." A little morbid, but wow!andof course, food related, "This dish recalled the contadini, who always used what they had. It tasted as though it had been prepared with a ladle of time added to the pot." I love that!Recipes included, I was drawn to her love of Tuscany and her people and the way she expressed her deep longing, and I loved her storied about her American 6 year old grandson and his adventures in Tuscany.Okay, 3 and 1/2*, although I labored through parts of it.

  • Sunni
    2018-11-20 11:51

    Okay, I REALLY REALLY tried to listen to Frances Mayes read her book and I just couldn't take it. Why on earth does her publisher let her read her books? Such beautiful words out of one of the worst reading voices imaginable. All the delights of Tuscany turn flat and sour with her nasal accent and her monotonous reading style. I can just not picture Italy when she speaks. And when she says Bramasole I can feel my fillings ache. I had the same problem with her first book, FORTUNATELY I was able to find a library version by a professional reader and really enjoyed it. I might read this book later -- once I detox and get her voice out of my head.

  • Amber
    2018-11-10 09:09

    I liked this book, but felt the balance was wrong. I love Frances Mayes writing style. It is like a framed story - all the imagery in her sentences makes you see other stories in your mind. I think I feel unbalanced in this book because she did not project enough of her everyday self. I got to peek in at parties and menus of fabulous food and people, but not much of a view of what she and Ed's daily rituals. Did they drink coffee in bed or on the terrace? Do they snack on popcorn at midnight? What was a typical day like for them? Great read overall for armchair travlers.

  • Kim
    2018-11-11 07:57

    The 3rd book of Frances Mayes' time in Tuscany. I enjoy her descriptions of her life there. Following the artistic trail of Luca Signorelli, her grandson's visits, the friendships and gatherings, the food--recipes included. I feel that if I ever went there I would recognize the places and people she describes.

  • Turi
    2018-11-06 13:08

    Frances Mayes third book about her life in Tuscany, Every Day feels a little patched-together but still gives great insight into how the life of an ex-pat can progress. She experiences a bit of xenophobia, travels around on the trail of her favorite painters, shares the area with her grandson, and always learns more about the Italian kitchen. Recipes included.

  • Amara
    2018-11-15 04:43

    It was amazing for ME. I needed a book to calm me down, to help me to appreciate the everyday life around me, to appreciate my kids, my husband, my extended family, to appreciate art, to be grateful for my beautiful garden, the fresh herbs I can pick and use anytime I want. Beautiful descriptive writing about everyday life.