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A Place in the World: Finding the Meaning of Home by Frances Mayes

A Place in the World: Finding the Meaning of Home

by Frances Mayes

Title Details

Unabridged Edition
Running Time
7 Hrs. 54 Min.


A lyrical and evocative collection of personal stories from the author of Under the Tuscan Sun, in which the queen of wanderlust reflects on the comforts of home.

"Personal, warm, and lovely . . . a charming read. The book feels like a warm conversation with your most thoughtful, curious friend."-Garden & Gun


"Where you are is who you are."

Though Frances Mayes is known for her travels, she has always sought a sense of home wherever she goes. In this poetic testament to the power of place in our lives, Mayes reflects on the idea of home, from the earliest imprint of four walls to the startling discoveries of feeling the strange ease of homes abroad, friends' homes, and even momentary homes that spark desires for other lives. From her travels across Italy to the American South, France, and Mexico, Mayes examines the connective tissue among them through the homes she's inhabited.

A Place in the World explores Mayes's passion for and obsession with houses and the objects that inhabit them-books, rich food, gardens, beloved friends, and transportive art. The indelible marks that each refuge has left on her and how each home influenced the next serve as the foundations of the book's chapters.

Written in Mayes's signature intimate style, A Place in the World captures the adventure of moving on while seeking comfort in the cornerstone closest to all of us-home.

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