The beloved author Peter Mayle, champion of all things Provence, here in a final volume of all new writing, offers vivid recollections from his twenty-five years in the South of France--lessons learned, culinary delights enjoyed, and changes observed. Twenty-five years ago, Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, were rained out of a planned two weeks on the Côte d´Azur. In search of sunlight, they set off for Aix-en-Provence; enchanted by the world and life they found there, they soon decided to uproot their lives in England and settle in Provence. They have never looked back. As Mayle tells us, a cup of café might now cost three euros--but that price still buys you a front-row seat to the charming and indelible parade of village life. After the coffee, you might drive to see a lavender field that has bloomed every year for centuries, or stroll through the ancient history that coexists alongside Marseille´s metropolitan bustle. Modern life may have seeped into sleepy Provence, but its magic remains. With his signature warmth, wit, and humor--and twenty-five years of experience--Peter Mayle is a one-of-a-kind guide to the continuing appeal of Provence. This thoughtful, vivid exploration of life well-lived, à la Provence, will charm longtime fans and a new generation of readers alike.
There are eight articles in the November 13, 2006 issue:COMMENT ´´High Costs´´ by John Cassidy: The economics of global warming. THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´Wanted: S.W.F., Loves Keef´´ by Shauna Lyon: How a front-row fan is cast. ´´Bella vs. Betty´´ by Kate Julian: An old feminist rivalry is laid to rest.LIFE AND LETTERS´´Strangers in Paradise´´ by Janet Malcolm: Saving Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. SHOUTS & MURMURS´´Downpaging´´ by Ian Frazier: Some tips on how to curb that nasty hardcover habit. FICTION´´Greensleeves´´ by Helen Simpson: A woman keeps a secret.BOOKS´´Proud Flesh´´ by Rebecca Mead: The cult of cosmetic surgery.THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Prettier Pictures´´ by David Denby: Nicole Kidman portrays photographer Diane Arbus in Fur and Russell Crowe spends time in Provence in A Good Year. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/061108/pe_nyer_061108_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
WORKS 1996-2010 Stone Sculpture Museum Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg, Germany 2001-14 Clark Center / Clark Art Institute Williamstown, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 2002-08 Lunder Center at Stone Hill / Clark Art Institute Williamstown, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 2003-15 House in Malibu I Malibu, California, U.S.A. 2004-08 House in Sri Lanka Mirissa, Sri Lanka 2004-10 Novartis WSJ-352 Basel, Switzerland 2005-08 Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies Fukutake Hall Tokyo, Japan 2005-12 Museum SAN Wonju, South Korea 2006-11 Château La Coste Aix-en-Provence, France 2006-09, 2008-13 International Pacific University Athlete Hall ´´Top Gun¿ / ´´Philosophia¿ Okayama, Okayama, Japan 2006-10 Chaska Chayamachi Osaka, Osaka, Japan 2006-09 Punta della Dogana Contemporary Art Center Venice, Italy 2006-11 House in Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico 2006-12 House in Malibu III Malibu, California, U.S.A. 2007-12 RGS Center (Roberto Garza Sada Center for Arts, Architecture and Design), University of Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico 2007-13 Asia Museum of Modern Art, Asia University Taichung, Taiwan 2007-10 House in Utsubo Park Osaka, Osaka, Japan 2007-10 Lee Ufan Museum Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan 2008- Water Charnel / Cemetery in the Woods Taipei, Taiwan 2008- Guozijian Hotel + Museum Beijing, China 2009-11 Carlos Place ´´Silence¿ (Connaught Hotel) London, U.K. 2009-14 Shanghai Poly Theater Shanghai, China 2009-12 Oiki Ladies Clinic Izumi, Osaka, Japan 2009-12 bonte museum Jeju Island, South Korea 2010-13 House in Ashiya Ashiya, Hyogo, Japan 2011-13 Teatorino Venice, Italy 2011-15 Church in the Forest Yeoju, Gyeonggi, South Korea 2011-14 Bosco Studio & House Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico 2012- Huadu Museum Beijing, China 2012-15 Makomanai Takino Cemetery ´´Buddha Head¿ Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan 2012-14 Church in Hiroo (21st Century Christ Church) Tokyo, Japan 2012-13 ANDO MUSEUM Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan 2013-15 Penthouse in Manhattan III New York, U.S.A. 2013- Valser Path Vals, Switzerland
I couldn´t help but question how I´d gotten to this strange spot in my life, so far from what I´d expected for myself. Yes, there had been a heady romance a few years back. Then a slew of subsequent decisions, fueled by love and yearnings I didn´t even know I had. But I never, ever would have suspected that this was where the sum total of them would bring me. That afternoon, a new doubt dripped into my mind. When do you know, I wondered, whether the choices you´ve made were the right ones? In 1990, Jeannie Ralston was a successful magazine writer and bona fide city girl - the type of woman who couldn´t imagine living on soil not shaded by skyscrapers. By 1994, she had called off an engagement, married Robb, a National Geographic photographer, and was living in Blanco Texas, population 1,600. The Unlikely Lavender Queen is the intimate story of a woman who gives up a lot for the man she loves - her beloved blue state, bagels, and all-night bodegas - only to have to wonder: Was it too much? Ralston offers a lively chronicle of her life as a wife, new mother, and an urban settler in rural Texas. As she labors to convert a dilapidated barn into a livable home, deal with scorpions and unbearably hot summers, raise two young children while Robb is frequently away on assignment, she realizes her ultimate struggle is to reconcile her life plans and goals with her husband´s without coming out the proverbial loser. And just when it seems like she might be losing that fight - and herself - a little purple bloom changes her life. For centuries, lavender has been a mystical herb, so valuable to ancient Romans that a bushel would cost nearly a month´s wages. But when Robb returns from a trip to Provence with a plan for growing lavender on their land, Ralston is not convinced - in fact the last thing she needed or wanted was to take up farming on top of everything else. Then, much to her surprise, she slowly but surely falls in 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tamara Marston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000161/bk_acx0_000161_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.