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Under Magnolia - A Southern Memoir

Frances Mayes

A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region's powerful influence on her life. The author of three beloved books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family. 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. From the Hardcover edition.

A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region's powerful influence on her life. The author of three beloved books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family. 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region's powerful influence on her life. The author of three beloved books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family. 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

9h 47m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:14


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:41


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:18


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:59


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:47


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:59


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:14


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:21


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:09


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:44


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:04


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:54


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:48


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:35


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:39


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:10


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:26


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:12


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:10


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:21


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:11


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:31


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:24


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:42


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:56


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:27


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:51


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:03


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:42


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:50


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:20


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:06


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:39


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:49


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:31


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:38


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:18


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:42


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:55


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:10


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:17


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:39


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:58


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:49


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:25


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:35


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:27


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:16


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:02


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:56


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:31


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:37


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

00:32