A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Home is a loaded word, a complex idea. In this thought-provoking collection, 30 women explore the concept of home and how it makes, breaks and shapes us.

“This collection, encompassing a spectrum of races, ethnicities, religions, sexualities, political beliefs and classes, could not be timelier. …open this book, hear its chorus of voices and remember that we are a nation of individuals, bound to each other by our humanity.” - New York Times Book Review

Available from Elliott BayAmazon.com and from your local bookstore.


Download the free Reader's Discussion Guide here.

Read interviews with Margot & Kelly at Tin House and The Common.

Listen to the editors discuss the book on Wisconsin Public Radio

"An exquisite collection. Whether it be a moving target or a constant, a place of fondness or melancholy, these women look at what we call home, and the roles we have played within it, from every perspective imaginable. This book will inspire you to ponder what your home has been and is -- a provocative and worthy pursuit." - Shawn Colvin, Grammy winning singer-songwriter

"A marvelous collection of original essays that testify to the centrality of home as a place where fantasy and reality collide. Reading the book was like witnessing a series of wrestling matches -- the author versus chaos, versus anxiety, versus expectations and finally versus reality. A multi-layered and satisfying anthology of original work." - Thomas Beller, author of Seduction Theory, The Sleep-Over Artist, and J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist, winner of the New York City Book Award

"This Is the Place beautifully and poignantly explores the many complicated feelings that the concept of home evokes in all of us. A must read for any modern woman, wife, daughter or mother." - Randi Zuckerberg, bestselling author of Dot Complicated

"A diverse collection of essays that delve into the fraught concept of home as both a physical and emotional space. ... A compilation that delights on many levels and will appeal to anyone who has struggled or embraced the idea of home sweet home." - Kirkus Reviews

"The essays show an honest portrait of the U.S., pieced together like an imperfect American quilt. In reading these stories, and finding the common ground that is shared in our concepts of home, it’s easier to see beyond the differences — and to see the bigger picture. We need more books like this.” - BUST Magazine

"Rich and thoughtful." - The Toronto Star, "New books that will spark great discussions"

A Town & Country book you need to read


Event Schedule

Come out to hear the editors and contributors of This Is the Place discuss the book in person, or host a discussion in your own living room. The editors would be delighted to join your conversation by Skype or FaceTime. 

Past Events:

October 28, 2017
Boston, MA
with Margot Kahn, Kelly McMasters, Sonya Chung & Jennifer De Leon
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Boston Book Festival, Trinity Forum

November 14, 2017
New York, NY
with Kelly McMasters, Margot Kahn, Lina Ferreira, Leigh Newman, Sonya Chung & Naomi Jackson
7 p.m.
McNally Jackson

November 18, 2017
Seattle, WA
with Margot Kahn, Kelly McMasters, Claudia Castro Luna, Tara Conklin, Elisabeth Eaves, Kate Lebo, Maya Zeller, Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum & Jane Wong
7 p.m.
Elliott Bay Books with after-party at The Cloud Room bar with a percentage of sales to Jubilee Women’s Center

November 28, 2017
Scottsdale, AZ
with Margot Kahn, Sarah Viren & Danielle Geller
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
MMB Studio with a percentage of sales to Chrysalis Women’s Shelter

December 1, 2017
Saratoga, NY
with Sonya Chung, Akiko Busch & Kelly McMasters
7 p.m.
Northshire Books with a percentage of sales to Wellspring, a local women’s advocacy group

December 7, 2017
Port Washington, NY
with Kelly McMasters & Beth Ain
7 p.m.
Dolphin Bookshop

December 8, 2017
Bellingham, WA
with Margot Kahn, Elisabeth Eaves & Jane Wong
7 p.m. 
Village Books

December 11, 2017
Portland, OR
with Margot Kahn, Tara Conklin, Maya Zeller, KaiLea Wallin & Debra Gwartney
7:30 p.m. 
Powell’s City of Books

January 12, 2018
Brooklyn, NY
with Kelly McMasters, Amanda Petrusich, Leigh Newman & Sonya Chung
7 p.m. 
Books Are Magic

February 2, 2018
Lopez Island, WA
with Margot Kahn, Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum & Kate Lebo
7 p.m. 
Lopez Island Bookshop

February 22, 2018
Long Island, NY
Reading & discussion with Kelly McMasters
Hofstra University

February 24, 2018
Seattle, WA
Reading & Discussion with Margot Kahn
9 a.m.
Seattle University Search for Meaning Festival

April 13-15, 2018
Orcas Island, WA
Darville's Bookstore reading, Friday April 13 at 6:30  p.m. with Lilliam Rivera, Jami Attenberg, Josh Mohr & Jane Wong  AND This Is the Place discussion, Center Stage, Saturday April 14 at 9:30 with Tara Conklin, Elisabeth Eaves, Maya Zeller and Jane Wong
Orcas Island Lit Fest

May 17, 2018
Edmonds, WA
Reading & Discussion with Margot Kahn & Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum
5-8 p.m.
Edmonds Bookshop

June 12, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Columbus, OH
Reading & Discussion with Margot Kahn & Elissa Washuta
Bexley Public Library

June 13, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Beachwood, OH
Reading & Discussion with Margot Kahn & Elissa Washuta
Beachwood Public Library

June 14, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Hudson, OH
Reading & Discussion with Margot Kahn & Elissa Washuta
Hudson Library & Historical Society

June 25, 2018 at 7 p.m.
San Francisco, CA
Reading & Discussion with Margot Kahn
The Battery Club

June 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
San Francisco, CA
Reading & Discussion with Margot Kahn
Green Apple Books

June 28, 2018 Private Event
San Francisco, CA

June 29, 2018 Book Club Discussion
Seattle, WA

September 13, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Seattle, WA
Reading & Discussion with Margot Kahn & Joe Ray
Third Place Books, Seward Park

September 19, 2018 at 1 p.m.
Seattle, WA
Discussion with Margot Kahn & Nancy Pearl for Book Lust
Women's University Club

September 27-30, 2018
Missoula, MT
Discussion with Margot Kahn, Maya Jewell Zeller and Kate Lebo
Montana Book Festival

October 11, 2018
Seattle, WA
Seattle Lit Crawl