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rex Mar 2nd, 2003 06:22 AM

Frances Mayes, new book project
Who would have ever thought that we would be the first to hear of this, here in Columbus, Ohio?<BR><BR>Excerpted below, snippets of an announcement in our newspaper this morning.<BR><BR>Regrettably, this is copyirhgted to - - and you have to be a (print) subscriber) to register (for free) and read this.<BR><BR>If you're a Mayes fan (and I am only a &quot;mild&quot; one, personally), feel free to write me to ask for a complete copy of the article.<BR><BR>The citations below are quoted, and attributed to the author and publisher, to REPORT on the article only.<BR><BR>==========<BR><BR>Author settles in town after town<BR><BR>Globe-trotting writer to share tales of life in Italy, elsewhere<BR><BR>Sunday, February 23, 2003<BR>Alyson Borgerding<BR>THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH<BR><BR>How many times have you returned from a vacation spot with dreams of packing up and moving there? <BR><BR>In her best-selling book, Under the Tuscan Sun, author Frances Mayes describes doing just that. She and her husband bought a house in Tuscany and live there when they aren't in San Francisco. <BR><BR>The book spawned a sequel, Bella Tuscany, and for Mayes, a desire to repeat the experience in other hometowns of her dreams. <BR><BR>She'll speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Ohio Dominican College's Erskine Hall Theatre about her time in Tuscany and her new project, A Home in the World, in which Mayes spent a month or so living in, not visiting, countries across Europe and the globe. Mayes spent time in England, Scotland, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Mexico and New Zealand, among others. <BR><BR>...<BR><BR>&quot;It's an exploration about places I have fantasized about living,'' said Mayes of the book. &quot;I thought I would rent a house and settle in for a while and explore that fantasy.'' <BR><BR>Mayes stayed long enough in each place so that she was no longer a tourist and became familiar with the local rhythms and lives of her neighbors. <BR><BR>&quot;I loved the sense of interconnectedness in a small town. I loved that experience in Greece,'' Mayes said about her time in Manie, in the Peloponnesian islands of Greece. <BR><BR>&quot;It was little-traveled and very wild,'' Mayes said. &quot;We went to baptisms and feasts and loved settling in <BR><BR>...<BR><BR> for those of you who do decide to register (not worth paying, in my opinion)<BR><BR>Best wishes,<BR><BR>Rex<BR>[email protected]<BR>

Andrea_expat Mar 2nd, 2003 04:40 PM

Oh, darn. I was hoping that her &quot;new book project&quot; was that she was going to write another book, this time focused on, say, combining Italian culture with . . . um . . . Chinese, and that she was looking for a nice American couple living in China to do a house exchange with, and who, of course, would stay in her wonderful house as guests 6 months of the year . . . on payroll since it's research for the book . . .

rex Mar 2nd, 2003 07:53 PM

LOL, Andrea.<BR><BR>Thanks for the chuckle.<BR>

rex Mar 3rd, 2003 08:20 PM

The &quot;Dario&quot; book - - discussed over and over again here - - mostly in the context of whether its guerilla promotion is a blight on this board.<BR><BR>If it is, it's a very tiny blight.<BR>

Marilyn Mar 3rd, 2003 08:39 PM

Gee, Pixy, since you just were on vacation in Thailand with Dario, author of &quot;Too Much Tuscan Sun&quot;, I am sure surprised that you don't seem to know much about the book.<BR><BR>BUSTED!!!

Marilyn Mar 4th, 2003 07:04 AM

No response, Pixy? Are you guys really that desperate to sell the book, or is this just a game?

Lola Mar 4th, 2003 07:36 AM

Gee, I really must have missed something! Reading Marilyns less than friendly reply to Pixy, I looked up Dario. Sorry, never heard of him.<BR> But I saw that while several people read his book and liked it, there were a few people named xxx that said much the same thing that Marilyn is saying?<BR>Why? Who would complain about either reading a book or receiving one for free? What am I missing here?<BR>I , for one, enjoy reading anything about Tuscany. I have read all of Frances Mayes books, and Thanks Rex, I bet this will be quite interesting too.<BR>

Marilyn Mar 4th, 2003 08:04 AM

Lola, what you are missing is that the book is not free. It is for sale directly from Dario and has been touted on this site (against site rules, by the way).<BR><BR>After part of a chapter was posted as a thread last year, people expressed their opinions. Some liked it, some thought it was very funny and well written, some thought it was not funny and poorly executed.<BR><BR>All that is fine. However, while I originally defended Dario and gave him the benefit of the doubt, I have since concluded that some of the positive &quot;reviews&quot; of his book on this forum were deceitful in that they were posted either by Dario himself or his (girl)friend. Remember this was all pre-registration when it was easy to post several consecutive posts under various names.<BR><BR>By mere coincidence, I happened to read a thread on the Asia board in which Pixy mentions herself and Dario traveling all over Thailand together. So this deceptive post by Pixy confirms my worst suspicions. Her innocent remark about Dario's book (&quot;highjacking the thread&quot; is the technical term I believe)is an outright lie designed to get publicity and hopefully sales for the book. I guess it's not doing too well on its own. (Can you tell I was one of the people who was not impressed with the quality of the writing?)<BR><BR>I believe both Dario and &quot;Pixy&quot; have made helpful contributions to this forum in the past. I have nothing against them, but it is too bad that they feel entitled to financial remuneration and to trick the rest of us to get it.

Lola Mar 4th, 2003 08:13 AM

<BR> <BR>Although I have managed to miss that entire drama, I know many people recommend books and films on here, so it would not be exceptional to read about Dario and his book also.<BR>But thanks, Marilyn for the clarification.<BR><BR>

rex Mar 4th, 2003 11:43 AM

I'm aware of the controversy over the promotional efforts for Dario's book. I don't know about Pixy's involvement - - but the only thread(s) I could find about a guide in Thailand was not Dario, but rather &quot;Ronnie&quot; (who is said to be a friend of Dario?)<BR><BR>Maybe Pixy (and others?) are simply a little too enthusiastic over products or services they have used or encountered?<BR>

Marilyn Mar 4th, 2003 11:56 AM

Rex, if you read that Thailand thread more carefully you will find that Pixy says to tell Ronnie that Cristina and Dario recommended him. <BR><BR>And please don't anyone tell me to get a life. I did not set out to investigate this -- it just so happened that I read both threads the same morning and noticed the name.

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