Under Magnolia : A Wordsmith’s Banquet Captivating All Your Senses

Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes Available April 1st, 2014  Shot with a Samsung Galaxy Camera #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design

 “I’ll always marvel at the liveliness of southern speech-so full of metaphor and hyperbole, quirks and vividness.”  ~ Frances Mayes

A few pages into “Under Magnolia” I grabbed a brand new notebook along with a light blue highlighter to keep by my side.  I found myself lingering on sentences and discovering words that I wanted to remember. Reading ever so slowly, stopping to pause, jotting down words and quotes  to come back to was my journey through “Under Magnolia.”

“Images are the pegs holding down memory’s billowing tent.” ~ Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes is a wordsmith who paints vivid images using each word like a paintbrush stroke spreading color all over her canvas. Frances shared her childhood memories with wit, humor, metaphors and hyperboles.

“Families all over have secrets and weird people and foibles, and mine did too.” ~ Frances Mayes

Getting to know Frances as a child, walking alongside her into womanhood certainly exhibited that:

“Your own will can trump how you were raised.” ~ Frances Mayes

My heart ached with sorrow for Frances especially in her fourteenth year. (You will have to read the book to find out!)

“The heart is a lonely hunter.” ~ Frances Mayes

Despite riding on a bumpy road with so many twists and turns, living through losses of great magnitude (“She is the lining of my coat I will have to shed.” ~ Frances Mayes)  she maintained her optimism.

“Everyday an air of possibility.” ~ Frances Mayes

Ever so true that statement!  Frances Mayes is the author of many books:  Bella Tuscany, Every Day in Tuscany, The Tuscan Sun Cookbook and the NY Times Best Selling novel  “Under The Tuscan Sun” that went on to be made into an  iconic movie. This past summer Frances and her husband Ed released their first line of  hand-chosen Italian wines available from Tuscan Sun Wines.

Tondo Tondo Tuscan Sun Wines Tuscan Sun Wines capture France’s sense of wonder and “Prima Famiglia”: Family First Prima Famiglia  Family First Family is the epicenter to the Southern and Tuscan lifestyle that Frances describes in “Under Magnolia.”

I had the pleasure of experiencing Frances and Ed Maye’s Southern, Tuscan hospitality while visiting with them at their mountain house in Tuscany last July.

Frances & Ed Mayes Mountain House Tuscany, Italy  Shot with a Android RAZR HD #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design Tuscan Sun wines Mountain House Frances Mayes  Shot with a Android RAZR HD #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design

Frances & Ed Mayes Mountain House with Tuscan Sun Wines Italy July 2013  Shot with a Android RAZR HD #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea DesignFrances Mayes Chef Ivan and Silvia Baracchi Shot with a Android RAZR HD #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design

Frances & Ed Mayes Mountain House Tuscany, Italy Original Bed in the Movie Under the Tuscan SunShot with a Android RAZR HD #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design Tuscan Sun Wines were first introduced to the world on July 4th, 2013 in the heart of the small town of Cortona, Italy.

All roads leads to Under the Tuscan Sun Wines Shot with a Android RAZR HD #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design 

Cortona, Italy shot with an Android Razr HD by Katie Shea Design #VZWBuzz

 Cortona, Italy shot with an Android Razr HD by Katie Shea Design #VZWBuzz

 TuscanSunWines Launch July 4th 2013 Cortona Italy | Cortona, Italy shot with an Android Razr HD by Katie Shea Design #VZWBuzz

Cortona, Italy shot with an Android Razr HD by Katie Shea Design #VZWBuzz

Tuscan Sun Wines at DelBrenna shot with Android RAZR #VZWBuzz

Sept 11th, 2013 the Tuscan Sun Wine’s U.S. debut was in Denver, CO and the media party was held at the Denver Art MuseumFrances Mayes at the Denver Art Museum  shot with a Samsung Galaxy Camera #VZWBuzzFrances Mayes speaking at the Denver Art Museum

Frances and Ed traveled around Denver signing bottles of Tuscan Sun Wines even during the wild flooding in the Denver area as to not disappoint many who had awaited their arrival.

Ed & Frances Mayes Denver CO.  Shot with a Samsung Galaxy Camera #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea DesignEd Mayes & Frances Mayes Denver Co. bottle signing

Frances Mayes & Kathleen DeCosmo ( Katie Shea Design)  Shot with a Samsung Galaxy Camera #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea DesignFrances Mayes & Kathleen DeCosmo (Katie Shea Design) Denver 

signed bottle by Frances Mayes Denver Co.  Shot with a Samsung Galaxy Camera #VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design

A Wordsmith’s Banquet Captivating All Your Senses “Under Magnolia” is to be savored with every page turn. ~ KatieSD

Under Magnolia Available April 1st, 2014

 Some of my favorite “Frances Mayes Words”:  SangfroidScuppernongFrangipaniCatawampusMunificence

”I’m always in wonder over the mysteries of love-how it endures in a molten state even under the hardest strata.” ~ Frances Mayes

In addition to her worldwide bestselling Tuscany memoirs, FRANCES MAYES is the author of the travel memoir A Year in the World.  She has published a novel, Swan, set in the South; The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide for Reading and Writing Poems; and five books of poetry.  Her books have been translated into more than fifty languages.  She divides her time between Tuscany and North Carolina. Visit her at www.francesmayesbooks.com.

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I received a complimentary review copy of “Under Magnolia”  from : Random House/Crown publishing.

Images shot with a Verizon Android RAZR HD Smartphone and a Samsung Galaxy Camera  #VZWBuzz

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