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A Place in the World by Frances Mayes

A Place in the World

Now Available in Paperback

An Instant New York Times bestseller! | 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.

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. Her musings are all the more poignant after so many have spent their long pandemic months at home. From her travels across Italy—Tuscany, of course, but also Venice and Capri—to the American South, France, and Mexico, Mayes examines the connective tissue among them through the homes she’s inhabited. Read more


"Sparkling… There are so many lovely descriptions of Mayes’ houses in A Place in the World, but this is not a book about buildings… It’s about the concept of home, that intangible thing… It’s a whirlwind home tour and homage to friendship... A beautiful, thought-provoking read." BookPage, starred review

"A soulful meditation on ‘what home means, how it hooks the past and pushes into the future’ . . . spellbinding...This rich testament to the pleasures of wanderlust and permanence is a gift as well." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Another lush account of family and place… The writing is characteristically intimate, as if she is sharing her thoughts and feelings with a dear friend, and she employs eloquent and detailed descriptions, creating a wonderful sense of place. A can’t-miss hit for Mayes fans." Kirkus, starred review


See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes

Discover the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine.

Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

The story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year.

Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes

A lyrical and evocative memoir from the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region’s powerful influence on her life.

The Tuscan Sun Cookbook by Frances Mayes, Edward Mayes, Steven Rothfeld

In her first-ever cookbook, Frances and her husband Ed share recipes that they have enjoyed over the years as honorary Tuscans: dishes prepared in a simple, traditional kitchen using robust, honest ingredients.

Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes

Join Frances as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Includes dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden.

A Year in the World by Frances Mayes

A celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest.

Bringing Tuscany Home by Frances Mayes, Edward Mayes, Frances Mayes

A lavishly illustrated book for everyone who dreams of integrating the Tuscan lifestyle—from home decoration and cooking, to eating and drinking, to gardening, socializing, and celebrating—into their own lives.

Swan by Frances Mayes

In her first novel, Frances creates an intimate world, rich with striking characters and intriguing twists of fate, that hearkens back to her southern roots.

In Tuscany by Frances Mayes, Bob Krist, Edward Mayes

Celebrate the abundant pleasures of life in Italy as it is lived at home, restaurants and markets, in the kitchen, and in the vineyards, fields, and olive groves, with new essays and 200+ color photos.

Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes

Frances invites readers back to Tuscany for a delightful new season of friendship, festivity, and food. Filled with recipes from her Tuscan kitchen and written in sensuous and evocative prose, Bella Tuscany is a celebration of the sweet life in Italy.

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

The #1 New York Times Bestseller | The beloved memoir of self-discovery set against the spectacular Tuscan countryside that inspired the major motion picture starring Diane Lane—now in a twentieth-anniversary edition featuring a new afterword.

cover of Pasta Veloce by Frances Mayes and Susan Wyler

NEW from Frances Mayes

From the famed author of Under the Tuscan Sun, the most delicious Tuscan pasta recipes that can be made in the time it takes to boil water and for the pasta to cook. In Pasta Veloce, Mayes brings that irresistible Italian flavor right to your home with 100 of her favorite pasta recipes. These well-loved recipes blend traditional Italian technique with magic from the Mayes and Wyler home kitchens where experiments are always in progress.

Always Italy by Frances Mayes with Ondine Cohane

Also from Frances Mayes

The world’s favorite expert on la dolce vita guides readers through Italy’s iconic regions amd showcases the best Italy has to offer, from the perspective of two women who have spent their lives reveling in its unique joys. Inspiring and utterly unique, this vivid treasury—replete with more than 350 lavish National Geographic images—is a must-have for anyone who wants to experience the best of Italy.

About Frances Mayes

photo of Frances Mayes

Photo: © Edward Mayes

Frances Mayes is the author of the now-classic Under the Tuscan Sun, which was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years and became a Touchstone movie starring Diane Lane. Other international bestsellers include: Bella Tuscany, Everyday in Tuscany, A Year in the World, and three illustrated books: In Tuscany, Bringing Tuscany Home, and The Tuscan Sun Cookbook. She is also the author of two novels, Swan and Women in Sunlight. She has written six books of poetry and The Discovery of Poetry. The most recent books are See You in the Piazza and Always Italy. Her books have been translated into more than fifty languages.

Current and upcoming eVENTS

Oct 6 2023 (Fri)
Cortona, Italy
Tauck Tours, Il Falconiere
private event
1:00 PM CEST
Oct 13 2023 (Fri)
Cortona, Italy
Tauck Tours, Il Falconiere
private event
1:00 PM CEST
Oct 28 2023 (Sat)
University of Georgia
Frances Mayes and a Taste of Tuscany, A Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Event
Room 285, Special Collections Libraries Building
6:00 PM EDT
Nov 13 2023 (Mon)
Denver, CO
*SOLD OUT* Newman Center for Performing Arts
Denver Post Literary Series | In conversation with Ruth Reichl. Details TBD
5:30 PM MST


Apr 16 2023 (Sun)
Fearrington Village, NC
McIntyre's Books
11:30 AM EDT
Apr 20 2023 (Thu)
Chapel Hill, NC
Flyleaf Books
5:30 PM EDT
Apr 22 2023 (Sat)
Hillsborough, NC
Benefit for Orange County Historical Museum
Presbyterian Church
3:00 PM EDT
Apr 25 2023 (Tue)
Raleigh, NC
Quail Ridge Bookstore
7:00 PM EDT
Apr 26 2023 (Wed)
Carrboro, NC
Pizzeria Mercato
6:30 PM EDT
May 31 2023 (Wed)
Cortona, Italy
Tauck Tours, Il Falconiere
private event
1:00 PM CST
Sep 8 2023 (Fri)
Cortona, Italy
Tauck Tours, Il Falconiere
private event
1:00 PM CST
Sep 15 2023 (Fri)
Cortona, Italy
Tauck Tours, Il Falconiere
private event
1:00 PM CST

For a Taste of Tuscany

Be sure to visit to learn about Frances Mayes’s olive oil, homemade at Villa Bramasole. You can now order online and receive the Tuscan oil at your home!


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