This Is the Story of A Happy Marriage

This Is the Story of A Happy Marriage

Book - 2013
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Publisher: New York :, Harper,, 2013, ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062292469
9780062320384
9780062236678
Branch Call Number: 813 PAT P
Characteristics: x, 306 pages ; 24 cm.

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becker
Jun 02, 2017

A good collection of essays and articles by author Ann Patchett that deal with issues like her career, her marriage, her family and even her dog. I particularly enjoyed a speech she gave about education at a university where the parents attempted to ban her book. This collection offers great variety and was interesting and entertaining reading.

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haileyj
Nov 07, 2015

After enjoying Ann Patchett's State of Wonder and Bel Canto I was excited to find this collection of short stories about her life. Her description throughout of how she approaches the art of writing was so interesting that it is really a primer for anyone thinking about writing. Her story of her dog reminded me so much of the loss of ours, I cried with her. The story of her marriage, eventually, was at times humorous, sad and hopeful.

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Gensc
Nov 07, 2015

This is the story of a lot of things: growing up, nuns, a dog, divorce, a love of writing. Some essays are better than others, but they are all interesting, insightful and give the reader a picture of Patchett. This collection was recommended to me by a friend and I would recommend it as well.

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writermala
Sep 21, 2015

AN interesting book of short stories. The writer has written a book that anyone can relate to.

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Thai5357
Jan 21, 2015

I heard the NPR interview and I'm glad I read this. This book of vignettes range from how she became a writer to her divorce and the death of her dog. Her writing style was enjoyable to read and I would recommend this to my friends. This is perhaps the most well-written book I've come across.

CPL_Laura Aug 10, 2014

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 that pretentiously whines 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).

LPL_PolliK May 12, 2014

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

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booksmaht
Mar 20, 2014

"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

MsFrancis_MaldenInfo Mar 11, 2014

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.

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DellaV
Dec 27, 2013

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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DellaV
Dec 27, 2013

DellaV thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 99

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