Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir

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  • Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir
  • Frances Mayes
  • 28 December 2019
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About the Author: Frances Mayes

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10 thoughts on “Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir

  1. Mari Anne says:

    I knew I was in trouble when I couldn t even get through the preface I skipped to the first chapter, where it didn t get much better.This felt like stream of consciousness writing and wasn t really coherent I kept having to re read sentences and even then most didn t make much sense Sadly one I didn t enjoy and couldn t really get into.

  2. Chris Inman says:

    This is one of those rare books that I found myself unable to put down once I began reading I read the entire book in less than a day Ms Mayes did jump around quite a bit and I did get confused a couple of times, however that endeared me to this particular work, because that is perhaps her intention This book is based upon her memories of a childhood in the south, and that is how memories come back to us, they jump from time to time, she even explained this.One of my favorite lines in the bo This is one of those rare books that I found myself unable to put down once I began reading I read the entire book in less than a day Ms Mayes did jump around quite a bit and I did get confused a couple of times, however that endeared me to this particular work, because that is perhaps her intention This book is based upon her memories of a childhood in the south, and that is how memories come back to us, they jump from time to time, she even explained this.One of my favorite lines in the book, that rang most true for me was, What is stranger than memory, that selects a certain day to remain vivid, when thousands of others are totally lost This is true on so many levels.I also think anybody who grew up in the south can relate to this book, I most certainly, can One of the things that most stood out and made me feel particularly protective and even heart broken for young Frances was when she said, it was a surprise when she noticed all her friends came from happy homes, she hadn t known that was possible This book I find a true testimony to the talent of Ms Mayes, she overcame an upbringing from a difficult, alcoholic home to be a huge success and an asset to the world of literature I highly recommend this novel

  3. Diane Barnes says:

    This is one of the better memoirs I ve read in quite some time I grabbed this ARC when it came in because I had read Under the Tuscan Sun many years ago and remembered how much I enjoyed it I was not expecting this one to be so brilliantly remembered and so lyrically written Frances Mayes was born in 1940 and grew up in Fitzgerald, Georgia Her two sisters were much older than she, so she was essentially raised as an only child in a town of 1 square mile, where her father managed the local This is one of the better memoirs I ve read in quite some time I grabbed this ARC when it came in because I had read Under the Tuscan Sun many years ago and remembered how much I enjoyed it I was not expecting this one to be so brilliantly remembered and so lyrically written Frances Mayes was born in 1940 and grew up in Fitzgerald, Georgia Her two sisters were much older than she, so she was essentially raised as an only child in a town of 1 square mile, where her father managed the local textile mill They were not extremely wealthy, but had the requisite black maid, beach vacations in Florida, entertained lavishly, and lacked for nothing Her descriptions of playing in the woods, in the barn, on the beach as a young child essentially unsupervised, since helicopter parenting had not been invented yet, filled me with nostalgia for the type of childhood that doesn t seem possible any longer But..she also tells us of her parent s alcoholism, the horrible fights lasting til dawn, her grandfather s cruel bullying and racism, her father s death from cancer when she was 13, and her mother s descent into total helplessness Yet these chapters are also very beautifully written, filled with her longing to escape And she did escape, first into books, then into physical distance as she went off to college.This memoir begins with her visit to Oxford, Mississippi to give a reading and book signing at the famous Square Books After long years in California and Italy, it triggers a longing to come home to the south It ends with her descriptions of her present life in Hillsborough, NC, also home to many writers and artists, among them her neighbor, Alan Gurganus, Lee Smith, Michael Malone and others who seem to have formed an artists colony in this quaint little town next door to Durham and Chapel Hill.She describes so perfectly how southerners are steeped in something the heat, the food, the landscape that won t allow them to escape completely, even when the desire to get out is so strong for some It s always there, waiting for us, ready to welcome us home

  4. Diane S ☔ says:

    A charming and thoughtful meditation of her youth growing up in Fitzgerald, Ga Although she early escaped to California and fell in love with Tuscany, buying a house there, it only takes a trip to do a reading at Square Books in Oxford, MS., to bring back much of what it means to be Southern She quotes Faulkner quite extensively, even visiting his house, though it was not open at the time and she had to be satisfied with peaking through the window and imagining his life within.Often humorous i A charming and thoughtful meditation of her youth growing up in Fitzgerald, Ga Although she early escaped to California and fell in love with Tuscany, buying a house there, it only takes a trip to do a reading at Square Books in Oxford, MS., to bring back much of what it means to be Southern She quotes Faulkner quite extensively, even visiting his house, though it was not open at the time and she had to be satisfied with peaking through the window and imagining his life within.Often humorous in her antidotes about her complicated family history, though many are less than joyful, many difficult to relate, her attempt to comes to terms with the past, is evident The smells of magnolia, wisteria, the pecan trees among others, NeHi orange and wrap around porches, the generosity and friendliness of the people all seem to be calling her back Infusing her memory with visible evidence She and her husband actually do move back, but this time to North Carolina.A charming and insightful read Now I need to read Absalom, Absalom , which she refers to in her book.ARC from Netgalley

  5. Carol Bakker says:

    Sometimes a book has every advantage the circumstances of my first reading couldn t be improved I listened to this memoir while making the familiar six hour drive and back to visit my grands I was enwombed in my car while the windshield wipers swiped at the ubiquitous rain Frances Mayes melodious drawl made it seem like she sitting next to me, telling her melancholy story of conflict, loss, flight So very different from her travel memoirs, Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany, and A Year i Sometimes a book has every advantage the circumstances of my first reading couldn t be improved I listened to this memoir while making the familiar six hour drive and back to visit my grands I was enwombed in my car while the windshield wipers swiped at the ubiquitous rain Frances Mayes melodious drawl made it seem like she sitting next to me, telling her melancholy story of conflict, loss, flight So very different from her travel memoirs, Under the Tuscan Sun, Bella Tuscany, and A Year in the World I feel this is Southern writing in the best sense of the word overtones of Eudora Welty, Pat Conroy, Harper Leewith just a hint of Flannery and Faulkner There s a strong sense of place, a few freaks, significance of family, coming of age But the words Oh They delighted, mesmerized, chiseled, charmed, saddened, filled Even though I had another book and plenty of music, when I finished the book with twohours of driving left, I put the first disc in and started again Then I saw some of the structural magic Mayes made I m convinced if I had started with the print book, my rating would be lower I believe that reading this after developing an appetite for Southern Literature was crucial There are many catalogs stream of consciousness ish, but they made sense If you are interested in writing a memoir, I d highly recommend this

  6. Jennifer says:

    While this book does start off a bit slow and hard to follow, once you get into it, it is captivating and hard to put down Don t give up on it after reading the preface, it does get better The author s descriptive language, while sometimes distracting, mostly paints vivid pictures of her past The stories she tells of her family and growing up in the South are interesting, and she seems to only cover important events or moments that stand out to her, rather than every detail of her life and al While this book does start off a bit slow and hard to follow, once you get into it, it is captivating and hard to put down Don t give up on it after reading the preface, it does get better The author s descriptive language, while sometimes distracting, mostly paints vivid pictures of her past The stories she tells of her family and growing up in the South are interesting, and she seems to only cover important events or moments that stand out to her, rather than every detail of her life and all the people she s ever met like some authors tend to do

  7. Andie says:

    Frances Mayes rocketed to fame with her book Under the Tuscan Sun that can rightly be categorized as lifestyle pornography for middle aged women After mining this topic for years, she has now turned to her home turf, the American South, in a memoir that describes her southern Gothic childhood complete with a drunken and abusive father, a beautiful but disturbed mother, the beloved family retainer and grandparents who are actually called Daddy Jack, Big Momma and Big Daddy like characters out of Frances Mayes rocketed to fame with her book Under the Tuscan Sun that can rightly be categorized as lifestyle pornography for middle aged women After mining this topic for years, she has now turned to her home turf, the American South, in a memoir that describes her southern Gothic childhood complete with a drunken and abusive father, a beautiful but disturbed mother, the beloved family retainer and grandparents who are actually called Daddy Jack, Big Momma and Big Daddy like characters out of a Tennessee Williams play.Frances, the family after thought, is bright, but pretty insufferable willful an opinionated Her parents tolerate her eccentricities since his is the South and the only important thing in life is outward appearances Nightly she hears the battles between her parents, but by day all is normal her father helping to run the family mill and her mother occupying her time with bridge and the garden club Frances job is to grow up to be a model Southern woman and marry into a good family.While she is a cosseted member of her communities privileged class in her small town, her life is very constricted Boyfriends need to come from good families, options for college are restricted to the South, and no girl from a good family would ever have a summer job.After her father dies from an unexplained illness, that one assumes is cancer, Frances and her mother rely on her paternal grandfather, Daddy Jack, for money that he doles out with miles of strings attached to each check Frances copes by spending as much time as possible away from home on school vacations, while her mother dives deeper and deeper into a gin bottle.Eventually Frances graduates from college, marries what appears to be a nice guy and moves to California Years later, while on a book tour, she finds herself in Oxford, Mississippi and the lure of her roots pulls her back home But not home exactly Instead of the red dirt of a small Georgia town, she lands in a enclave of rich artists near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a university community full of those Yankees that her Daddy Jack warned her about years ago From this prospective she can wax eloquently about how while you can still see the Stars and Bars flying over a trailer in the woods..still hear an occasional slur from someone who doesn t have the sense to see you don t agree.mostly the good inheritance of southern manners in both races prevail As someone who lives in a different South, where things aren t so polite, I d like to point out that she is largely living in fantasyland.Ms Mayes is an evocative writer, spinning out beautiful prose I just wish it washonest

  8. Jennifer Grainger says:

    Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I am obsessed with books that are set in the South So when I received my advanced copy of Under Magnolia A Southern Memoir from Good Reads, I felt like I won the lottery This is a memoir that didn t disappoint While some may become a bit distracted by the imagery Mayes used, I reveled in it Her words painted the perfect picture for my imagination I loved her style and structure of the text as it kept meengaged as a reader I agree that ther Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I am obsessed with books that are set in the South So when I received my advanced copy of Under Magnolia A Southern Memoir from Good Reads, I felt like I won the lottery This is a memoir that didn t disappoint While some may become a bit distracted by the imagery Mayes used, I reveled in it Her words painted the perfect picture for my imagination I loved her style and structure of the text as it kept meengaged as a reader I agree that there are definitely undertones of Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird, and for me, it made the reading experience so rich for me as if I was reacquainting myself with a long lost friend I devoured it quickly, and I think if you pick up a copy, it will not disappoint you either

  9. Gigi Ann says:

    I just couldn t get into this book I was lost in most of what I read, so decided not to finish the book I m sure it you are a fan of Frances Mayes you will probably like the book, however sadly this book was not for me.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

  10. Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I received a copy of this book in print from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Frances Mayes, after her relocation to Tuscany, makes a impulsive move back to the south She grew up in Georgia and moved to North Carolina, but just the same, it triggered a wave of memories and emotions that she turned into this memoir of her childhood.I connected with this book from multiple perspectives As someone who has been away from home for almost ten years and is returning home this summer I received a copy of this book in print from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Frances Mayes, after her relocation to Tuscany, makes a impulsive move back to the south She grew up in Georgia and moved to North Carolina, but just the same, it triggered a wave of memories and emotions that she turned into this memoir of her childhood.I connected with this book from multiple perspectives As someone who has been away from home for almost ten years and is returning home this summer although not the south and not permanently , I definitely identified with how the feeling of a place can practically change you back into the person you were She captures the memories of the place triggered by certain trees, foods, even poems Another point of interest is seeing the south through the eyes of one of its children, after returning back to it I only know the south as an outsider, and the mention of the Lane Cake which no northerner could ever hope to emulate made me want to run to the kitchen just to try There are little details that I still see present in the very southern university where I work, such as Saturday classes to keep people out of trouble which we had in the 1960s too.Frances grew up in the south during a very interesting time, and she explores the changing landscape as it pertains to civil rights and birth control, but then also how it changed her life The coda in particular puts a lot of the south into perspective for me what remains after all the change, and what remains in the author after leaving where she grew up and forging her own life She even seemed to let go of trying to be who she wasn t, after all the south always has enjoyed its eccentric people Little bits I liked Memory a rebel force, a synaesthesia that storms the senses It was rude if you didn t call on people in the coffin, even if they d never know