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Yes, I Would Love another Glass of Tea

by Katharine Branning

Yes, I Would Love another Glass of Tea Yes, I W

: Jun 16, 2010 • 330 Pages • 15,5 x 23,5 • ISBN 9781935295068
: 9781935295068
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Yes, I Would... comprises a series of imaginary letters written to Lady Mary Montagu, whose famous "Embassy Letters" were written in 1716-1718 during her stay in Turkey as the wife of the English ambassador. The author uses themes dear to Lady Mary, such as culture, art, religion, women and daily life, to reflect on those same topics as encountered during the author's past 30 years of travel in Turkey.
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Section 1: Two lady ambassadors, two bridges1
A thousand glasses of tea3
A pen of poise and perception6
X marks the spot: a place in the world called Sivas10
Building a bridge16
Crossing bridges22
Section 2: A country27
A home away from home33
I have been adopted by a Turkish family45
It is all in a worthy name55
Good mornings!60
I am easy here71
Section 3: A people87
Ne mutlu Türküm diyene89
A noise unto the world109
A woman alone121
A respect for books is a respect for mankind126
Section 4: A way of life137
A platter of baklava from Gaziantep139
Cushions and cakes148
Displays of greatest magnificence163
A right notion of life172
I was hungry186
The “TT”200
A carpet of 70,000,000 knots209
I found Him in my heart222
Section 5: Horizons243
A pox off your home245
Breaking and entering into the past254
Fast and furious knots283
A bouquet of tulips316

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Yes, I Would Love Another Glass of Tea: An American Woman's Letters to Turkey

Katharine Branning, Blue Dome (NBN dist.), $18.95 (340p) ISBN 9781935295068
Inspired by Lady Mary Montagu, husband of the English ambassador to Turkey in the early 18th century, whose correspondences were collected posthumously in The Embassy Letters, Branning has written a series of imagined letters to Lady Montagu that reveal her own take on Turkey. A librarian and art historian who has spent considerable time in the country, Branning shares her experiences, both positive and negative, in a narrative style that is proper, prim, and perhaps overly restrained: "I wrote to you in the last letter about women, but I feel I need to say a few more things specifically…" Her affection for Turkey and her appreciation for its food, customs, and hospitality are evident. "There are no hidden agendas, secret ingredients, tour de mains, or elaborate reduced sauces in this food. It is bold and direct, and you know exactly what has gone into its making… I eat simply… [this] is one of my most favorite meals on earth." Her enthusiasm is infectious, and the photos that close many chapters help to make this volume a treat. (June)

Reviewed on: 08/16/2010

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Katharine Branning
Katharine Branning

Katharine Branning has degrees from the University of Paris, Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre, where she majored in Islamic arts, with a specialty in Islamic glass. A graduate of the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science, she has been a librarian at the French Institute of Architecture in Paris, France, at the French Embassy Cultural Services and the Alliance Francaise in New York City. For her work promoting the French language and culture through the creation of numerous libraries in both France and the United States, she has been awarded the Ordre national du Mérite from the President of France, one of the nation's highest honors.She has studied the Turkish language and literature at the Institute of Langues Orientales in Paris and with Prof. Talat S. Halman at New York University. As an independent researcher and glass artist, she has conducted annual field work relative to architecture and decorative arts in Turkey every year since 1978.She currently lives in New York, where she is Vice President of Education at the French Institute Alliance Francaise.