A lyrical and evocative collection of personal stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun, in which the queen of wanderlust reflects on the comforts of home.In this poetic testament to the power of place in our lives, Frances Mayes reflects on home from the earliest imprint of four walls to the startling discoveries of feeling the strange ease of foreign homes, friends' homes, and even momentary, rented homes that spark desires for other lives. From the American South, Tuscany, France, Mexico, and many other locales, Mayes traces the connective tissue among them through the homes she's inhabited. Mayes has written, "Where you are is who you are." A Place in the World explores her experiences around this idea through her obsessions with houses, books, food, friends, art, and travel. The indelible marks each refuge left on her and how each home influenced the next are the pentimento of each chapter. Written in Mayes's signature intimate style, A Place in the World Finding the Meaning of Home captures the adventure of moving on, while seeking clarity around the idea close to all of us--home.