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These precious days : essays / Ann Patchett.

Patchett, Ann, (author.). Patchett, Ann. Three fathers. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. First Thanksgiving. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Paris tattoo. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. My year of no shopping. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Worthless servant. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. How to practice. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. To the doghouse. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Eudora Welty, an introduction. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Flight plan. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. How knitting saved my life. Twice. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Tavia. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. There are no children here. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Paper ticket is good for one year. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Moment nothing changed. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Nightstand. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Talk to the Association of Graduate School Deans in the Humanities. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Cover stories. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Reading Kate DiCamillo. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Sisters. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. These precious days. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. Two more things I want to say about my father. (Added Author). Patchett, Ann. What the American Academy of Arts and Letters taught me about death. (Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780063136847
  • ISBN: 0063136848
  • ISBN: 9780063092785
  • ISBN: 0063092786
  • Physical Description: viii, 322 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Essays don't die -- Three fathers -- First Thanksgiving -- The Paris tattoo -- My year of no shopping -- The worthless servant -- How to practice -- To the doghouse -- Eudora Welty, an introduction -- Flight plan -- How knitting saved my life. Twice. -- Tavia -- There are no children here -- A paper ticket is good for one year -- The moment nothing changed -- The nightstand -- A talk to the Association of Graduate School Deans in the Humanities -- Cover stories -- Reading Kate DiCamillo -- Sisters -- These precious days -- Two more things I want to say about my father -- What the American Academy of Arts and Letters taught me about death -- Epilogue: a day at the beach.
Subject: Patchett, Ann.
Patchett, Ann > Books and reading.
Patchett, Ann > Authorship.
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Authors, American > 20th century > Biography.
Women authors, American > Biography.
Genre: Essays.

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These Precious Days : Essays
These Precious Days : Essays
by Patchett, Ann
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These Precious Days : Essays

The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays. "The elegance of Patchett's prose is seductive and inviting: with Patchett as a guide, readers will really get to grips with the power of struggles, failures, and triumphs alike." --Publisher's Weekly "Any story that starts will also end." As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this truth in these wise essays that afford a fresh and intimate look into her mind and heart. At the center of These Precious Days is the title essay, a surprising and moving meditation on an unexpected friendship that explores "what it means to be seen, to find someone with whom you can be your best and most complete self." When Patchett chose an early galley of actor and producer Tom Hanks' short story collection to read one night before bed, she had no idea that this single choice would be life changing. It would introduce her to a remarkable woman--Tom's brilliant assistant Sooki--with whom she would form a profound bond that held monumental consequences for them both. A literary alchemist, Patchett plumbs the depths of her experiences to create gold: engaging and moving pieces that are both self-portrait and landscape, each vibrant with emotion and rich in insight. Turning her writer's eye on her own experiences, she transforms the private into the universal, providing us all a way to look at our own worlds anew, and reminds how fleeting and enigmatic life can be. From the enchantments of Kate DiCamillo's children's books (author of The Beatryce Prophecy) to youthful memories of Paris; the cherished life gifts given by her three fathers to the unexpected influence of Charles Schultz's Snoopy; the expansive vision of Eudora Welty to the importance of knitting, Patchett connects life and art as she illuminates what matters most. Infused with the author's grace, wit, and warmth, the pieces in These Precious Days resonate deep in the soul, leaving an indelible mark--and demonstrate why Ann Patchett is one of the most celebrated writers of our time.

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