Jennifer Reese
June 20, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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?

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