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This Is the Story of A Happy Marriage

Patchett, Ann (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
This Is the Story of A Happy Marriage
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Inviting readers into her personal life, the New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto shares the stories of the people, places, ideals and art to which she has remained indelibly committed. 100,000 first printing.

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Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband—creating a resonant portrait of a life in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett’s life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.

As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer.



Authors: Patchett, Ann
Statement of Responsibility: Ann Patchett
Title: This is the story of a happy marriage
Characteristics: x, 306 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
unmediated
Media Type: volume
Subject Headings: Patchett, Ann Authors, American 20th century Biography
Topical Term: Authors, American
ISBN: 9780062236678
0062236679
Branch Call Number: B Patchett P
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Aug 17, 2014
  • CPL_Laura rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

There ought be a better word than essay for essays this engaging, the best of which rival Patchett's finest fiction. I loved the piece on how she came to own her dog, in which she cops to bad behavior. And The Getaway Car, in which she (gently) mocks a class of undergrads who pretentiously whine about writers' block, should be required reading for aspiring writers. The lovely title piece recounts the circuitous route to her present marriage (including a brief affair with a writer named David, who sounds suspiciously like David Foster Wallace).

May 12, 2014
  • LPL_PolliK rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Gorgeous to read, funny and touching. Short stories about writing and books and love and friendship and pets. Beautiful and well-paced.

"I'm never lonely when I'm around books. It's the world of endless possibility and opportunity to be in that building full of books."

http://www.npr.org/2014/01/23/265228054/patchett-in-bad-relationships-there-comes-a-day-when-you-gotta-go

To provide her with an income to support her fiction writing, Ann Patchett wrote many articles over the years for a wide variety of publications--Vogue, The New York Times, The Bark-- on a number of subjects: her beautiful dog Rose; the start-up of her book store; how to write; how to have a happy marriage; and many other topics. She is smart, funny, opinionated, candid, and a wonderful writer. Patchett makes great company, and this reads like a conversation with a like-minded friend. Highly recommended with a glass of wine or a cup of tea, and a cozy spot to curl up.

Dec 27, 2013
  • DellaV rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a collection of essays by the author, previously published elsewhere. Most of the stories are not all that interesting; however, they are well-written. I gave this book many stars based solely on the story of her marriage, for it's raw honesty and beauty.

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Dec 27, 2013
  • DellaV rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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