Frances Mayes has adored houses, and it had been love at first sight if she saw a failed, Bramasole , Tuscan farmhouse nestled in five overgrown acres. From that immediate infatuation have come four fabulous, and exceptionally popular, books: that the bestsellers Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany, In Tuscany, a collaborative photo-textbook with her husband, the poet Edward Mayes, and photographer Bob Krist, along with Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style From the Heart of Italy, yet another collaborative book with Edward Mayes and photographer Steven Rothfeld. All four highly personal books are all about taking chances, living in Italy, loving and renovating an old Italian villa, the joys of wine, food, gardens, and also the "voluptuousness of daily life." The third book in her Tuscan trilogy, Every Day at Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life (due out in spring 2010), is all about 3 seasons and Mayes' hints on her Italian lifestyle. She was awarded the Premio Casato Prime Donne for a major contribution.
Her first novel, Swan, a family saga and puzzle, returns Mayes into her childhood home of Georgia and has been released in 2002. A movie version of Under the Tuscan Sun was released in fall of 2003. Frances Mayes was the editor for its 2002 Best American Travel Writing. She's also the writer of this traveling memoir entitled A Year in the World: Journeys. Working again with Steven Rothfeld, she published Shrines: Images of infantry, too .
A widely published poet and essayist, Frances Mayes has written numerous books of poetry, including Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, Hours, '' The Novel of Summer, along with Ex Voto. Her job The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems is broadly used in coll
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