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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

por Ann Patchett

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Biography & Autobiography. Literary Criticism. Nonfiction. HTML:

A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

"I had been so engaged by Ann Patchett's multifaceted story, so lured in by her confiding voice, that I forgot I was on the job. [...] As the best personal essays often do, Patchett's is a two-way mirror, reflecting both the author and her readers." ?? New York Times Book Review

Blending literature and memoir, New York Times bestselling author 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 wri… (mais)

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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Though William Styron's prose tends to be bleaker than Ann Patchett's, readers will find both these essay collections absorbing explorations of their personal challenges and their relationships with people, places, and the arts.
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I loved this collection. It made me want to do nothing but read and write for a while. ( )
  AngelClaw | May 8, 2023 |
This is a collection of articles she has previously published. I still don't get the title of this book. Some interesting stories and insights to life. Not my favorite...... ( )
  wincheryl | Jun 20, 2022 |
Great book! Highly recommend! ( )
  sharonlesch | Mar 1, 2022 |
Not everything in this collection interested me, but I don't know much about Ann Patchett's personal life, and these essays provided a lot of that. One passage I marked is from conversation between her and a friend about what makes a good husband (this excerpt is edited): Does your husband make you a better person? Are you smarter, kinder, more generous, more compassionate? Does your husband make you better? It's not more complicated than that. That's all there is. Does he make you better and do you make him better? Another passage I marked reminded me that we should value the people we care about: We are, on this earth, so incredibly small, in the history of time, in the crowd of the world, we are practically invisible, not even a dot, and yet we have each other to hold on to. ( )
  ReadMeAnother | Nov 12, 2021 |
Flawless, perfectly paced, and well-selected collection of essays. Although I've meant to try Ann Patchett's fiction for quite awhile, and still intend to, I'm so glad I picked this up first. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
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Biography & Autobiography. Literary Criticism. Nonfiction. HTML:

A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

"I had been so engaged by Ann Patchett's multifaceted story, so lured in by her confiding voice, that I forgot I was on the job. [...] As the best personal essays often do, Patchett's is a two-way mirror, reflecting both the author and her readers." ?? New York Times Book Review

Blending literature and memoir, New York Times bestselling author 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 wri

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