Thursday, March 16, 2006

A YEAR IN THE WORLD by Frances Mayes

Travel narratives are a favorite of many library customers. These books allow readers to roam vicariously exotic and not-so-exotic locales and capture glimpses of what life is like for the locals.

Frances Mayes (UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN) returns to the shelves of Popular Library with A YEAR IN THE WORLD: JOURNEYS OF A PASSIONATE TRAVELLER. She explores the meaning of "home" in a variety of locales throughout Europe and Northern Africa using such seemingly mundane tasks as cooking, gardening, and shopping.

Explore the world of Frances Mayes at her website.

For your consideration:

Doris Dixon, Raleigh Branch Library

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Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence spawned a whole genre that I call "We sold our house and left everything and moved to _______ books". I love them, and read every one I can get my hands on. Besides Frances Mayes, other good ones are Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik, Italian Neighbors and An Italian Education by Tim Parks, and Ciao, America by Beppe Severgnini (in this one, an Italian leaves everything for a new life in the exotic United States.) --Pamela M
Here's a list of Travel Tales from the readers' advisory website covering nonfiction "with a strong sense of place, extreme adventures, cultural histories, archaelogical adventures, and/or travel tales." The list dates from 1990-present.
I really enjoy these kind of travel books and particularly enjoyed A Year in the World. Here is my review on Rose City Reader.

Thaks for letting me add a link to your post.
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