This Is the Story of A Happy Marriage

This Is the Story of A Happy Marriage

Streaming Audiobook - 2013
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The New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto creates a resonant portrait of a life in this collection of writings on love, friendship, work, and art. "The tricky thing about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also have to make a living." Bringing her narrative gifts to bear on her own life, Ann Patchett uses insight and compassion to turn very personal experiences into stories that will resonate with every listener. These essays twine to create both a portrait of life and a philosophy of life. Obstacles that at first appear insurmountable-scaling a six-foot wall in order to join the Los Angeles Police Department, opening an independent bookstore, and sitting down to write a novel-are eventually mastered with quiet tenacity and a sheer force of will. An irresistible blend of literature and memoir, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a unique examination of the heart, mind, and soul of one of our most revered and gifted writers.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062282873
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 36 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Patchett, Ann
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Jan 29, 2017

This is a well edited collection of Ann Patchett's non-fiction essays, which have very little to do with marriage, happy or otherwise. There is a story of her first unhappy marriage and divorce, and another about how long it took her to marry her second marriage, but that isn't what this collection is about. It's really about how to be human, how to walk the earth with humility, how much hard work goes into writing and how we all need to just do the work, whatever that work is.

I loved this collection so much, I started to read Truth and Beauty, her memoir of a friendship, before I was finished with this book. The two informed each other nicely, filling in stories alluded to in the collection of essays. Now I will read the rest of her early works, backfilling until I have read her oeuvre. There are few authors I have loved enough to do this: David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, Margaret Atwood.

Dec 03, 2013

It was pure bliss listening to Ann Patchett read her intelligent, often hilarious and wise essays. Ann reflects on her writing career, childhood observances, the long road to her second marriage, and her independent bookstore in Nashville. I really hated to see this book end.


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