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Living in a Foreign Language

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Living in a Foreign Language

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Michael Tucker
publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
genre:
Memoir, Nonfiction

We gave it a B-

Frances Mayes probably said everything there was to say — and then some — about Prosecco, pasta, and the fun a rich American can have renovating a rustic Italian villa. But that hasn’t stopped actor Michael Tucker (he played tubby Stuart Markowitz on L.A. Law) from tossing off Living in a Foreign Language, a genial paean to his Umbrian vacation home. ”Our goal was to slow down our hearts and minds until they synched up with the circadian rhythm of the Italian countryside,” writes Tucker of what drew him and his wife, actress Jill Eikenberry, to the Mediterranean. Tucker amusingly describes the dynamics of his quirky marriage, but he resorts to vacuous clichés to capture Italy’s ”rhythms.” B?