The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier, by Thad Carhart
via amazon.com A captivating delight for Francophiles, and everyone else, Carhart’s personal account of recapturing a long lost, childhood passion for piano, is seeped, in the scents, sights, and essence, of a Paris, few experience first-hand. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is a jewel of a book, which abundantly, and joyously, transports the reader to a musical, hidden world, unrealized by most mere mortals, on any continent. Here are 12 other biographies you should have read by now.
Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy, by Frances Mayes
via amazon.com Told in prose so poetic, you can practically taste the luscious, regional recipes, Mayes includes in this biography, without ever entering a kitchen. A renowned poet, travel writer, and chef, Mayes tells the story of her life in Tuscany as an expat, and new home owner. If you enjoyed the movie of the same name, that’s great, but don’t pass up the book because you think you already know the story. Under the Tuscan Sun weaves a completely different tale in print, then it did on the screen. Check out these books that are better than the movies they’re based on.