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A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF UNDER MAGNOLIA Frances Mayes, whose enchanting #1 New York Times bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun made the world fall in love with Tuscany, invites us back for a delightful new season of friendship,…

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Leonardo Sciascia was an outstanding and controversial presence in twentieth-century Italian literary and intellectual life. Writing about his native Sicily and its culture of secrecy and suspicion, Sciascia matched sympathy with skepticism, unflinching…

In Tuscany

by Frances Mayes

|October 31, 2000

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From the bestselling author whose memoirs Under the Sun and Bella Tuscany have captured the voluptuousness of Italian life comes a lavishly illustrated ode to the joys of Tuscany's people, food, landscapes, and art.   In Tuscany celebrates the abundant…

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Illustrated with specially commissioned photographs (wine usually seems to be made in attractive surroundings) as well as maps, the books in this series describe the wine-producing regions of each country. The authors recommend itineraries, list wineries,…

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The caffe is indisputably central to Roman life. Cafe Lift Rome is the first guidebook dedicated solely to the cafes and bars of Rome. This book, with its rich photography and informed descriptions, steers travelers through Rome's 5,000 bars to the perfect…

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by Joseph Brodsky

|June 1, 1993

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In this brief, intense, gem-like book, equal parts extended autobiographical essay and prose poem, Brodsky turns his eye to the seductive and enigmatic city of Venice. A mosaic of 48 short chapters-each recalling a specific episode from one of his many visits…

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Milan is Italy's acknowledged capital of fashion, finance and football. With great museums and superb restaurants, as well as its close proximity to bewitching lakes such as Como, Garda and Maggiore, this vibrant, forward-looking city can offer something to…

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Goethe's account of his passage through Italy from 1786 to 1788 is a great travel chronicle as well as a candid self-portrait of a genius in the grip of spiritual crisis. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature…

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'Offers all that the visitor with a concern for beauty and for leisurely sight-seeing will require.' FINANCIAL TIMES 'The best guide book I have ever encountered... and a book I found it impossible not to read from beginning to end.' OBSERVER There are few…

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A New York Times Notable Book In this deeply personal and learned labor of love, R.W.B. Lewis provides a new look at the glories of Florence, the smallish Tuscan city which has been a prime source for modern Western culture and which has also been his second home…

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'This is a book to read before you go, to carry with you and to re-read on your return.' SPECTATOR 'A sure and illuminating guide.' SUNDAY TIMES The city state of Florence led the rest of the western world in art, science and political idealism in the middle…