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The Best of the Book Nook: 'Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy' by Frances Mayes

The Best of the Book Nook "Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy" by Frances Mayes

The author of "Under the Tuscan Sun" returned to the program for the sequel.

Frances Mayes had a surprise hit with her 1995 memoir about renovating a dilapidated villa in Tuscany. "Under the Tuscan Sun" sold millions of copies and eventually was adapted into a movie. Before she published that book the author had been a relatively obscure poet.

The first time she appeared on the program it was in 1996 near the end of the publicity tour for that blockbuster book's paperback release-she was exhausted but clearly quite delighted about the success of that initial memoir. She was still doubting the book could keep selling like that, though.

When she came back a few years later to discuss her followup memoir she was still feeling good about the previous book, it remained a best-seller, and it was in development for a film project. In this Book Nook flashback you'll hear the author reflect upon how that one book really changed her life and what she had been doing during the few years after that.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public LibraryClark County Public LibraryDayton Metro LibraryWright Memorial Public Library, and Tipp City Public.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.