Thursday, March 24, 2016


Under Magnolia - Frances Mayes

Product Description(
From her years as a spirited, secretive child, through her university studies—a period of exquisite freedom that imbued her with a profound appreciation of friendship and a love of travel—to her escape to a new life in California, Mayes exuberantly recreates the intense relationships of her past, recounting the bitter and sweet stories of her complicated family: her beautiful yet fragile mother, Frankye; her unpredictable father, Garbert; Daddy Jack, whose life Garbert saved; grandmother Mother Mayes; and the family maid, Frances’s confidant Willie Bell.

Under Magnolia is a searingly honest, humorous, and moving ode to family and place, and a thoughtful meditation on the ways they define us, or cause us to define ourselves. With acute sensory language, Mayes relishes the sweetness of the South, the smells and tastes at her family table, the fragrance of her hometown trees, and writes an unforgettable story of a girl whose perspicacity and dawning self-knowledge lead her out of the South and into the rest of the world, and then to a profound return home. 
Paperback: 352 pages 
Publisher: Broadway Books (March 31, 2015) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0307885925 
ISBN-13: 978-0307885920

MY THOUGHTS: I love reading about peoples lives.  I often think of famous people as, Wow they have it all, when in reality they are as normal as I am.  They have family problems, a love of their life, children and grand children.  Along the way to becoming famous they are normal.  I didn't actually realize who Francis Mayes was until I was reading the description from Amazon.   I haven't read her book Under The Tuscan Sun, but I have seen the movie.  I give this book 5.....

This book is also for 2 of my reading challenges....
Full House Challenge
52 Books in 52 Weeks

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