Reading this memoir, I see that the film adaptation was really only inspired by the book rather than based upon it. Still, both are entertaining individually. In this memoir, Frances Mayes tells of how she and her boyfriend Ed (now her husband) buy Bramasole, a run down villa in Cortona, Italy, the process of renovating it as well as learning the local Italian culture as they divide their time between Cortona and their professor positions in San Francisco, CA. Overall an enjoyable read as Mayes (being a food and travel writer as well) is skilled in making the towns and markets they visit come alive for the reader. There were a few bits where her thoughts seemed to ramble and she lost me a bit but definitely a solid, pleasurable read for those who like travel writing.