Under the Tuscan Sun

At Home in Italy

Mayes, Frances

Book - 1997
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Under the Tuscan Sun
A chronicle of the author's first four years in Italy, describing her purchase and restoration of an abandoned villa in the Tuscan countryside, her transformation of the overgrown gardens, and her discovery of the many links between the food and culture of the region.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 1997
Edition: 1st Broadway Books trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780767900386
Branch Call Number: 945.5 M469u 1997
Characteristics: x, 291 p. ;,21 cm


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Having recently divorced, the author decides to settle in Italy. This is the story of her purchase of a home and it's restoration.

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Dec 07, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An American woman's enchanting account of her love affair with Italy and the home that changes her life. A sunny, mouth-watering memoir and a perfect read for damp grey Vancouver days.

Aug 06, 2012
  • alistraka rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Nothing, absolutely NOTHING like the movie - which was rather disappointing since the movie had a fun plot and this book has practically NO plot whatsoever. Well-written, nice to read as fantasy-travel escapism, but there's not much story here. It's more like a journal, as a personal reviewer said.

Sep 14, 2011
  • gigglespisano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I sooo loved this great read and highly recommend it. it was like I was in her place and would actually want to visit the places she wrote about..no kidding!

Jul 24, 2011
  • Superv rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I read the book after I'd seen the movie, and actually for once, thought the movie did a better job. This book is best read as a travel journal than a novel, with a lot of recipes for the reader to follow.

Apr 10, 2011
  • ehbooklover rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I really wanted to like this book. The descriptions of the people, scenery, and food of Italy were enough to keep me reading the book but overall I found the author pretentious and condescending. A disappointing read.

Nov 20, 2010
  • snowish rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Wide-eyed delight about all things Italian. Too many pieces about cooking; reads like a cookbook at times. I tried hard but couldn't finish this book.


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