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These precious days: essays

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<p><strong>The beloved <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays.  </strong></p><p><strong>"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." —<em>Publisher's Weekly</em></strong></p><p>“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. </p><p>At the center of <em>These Precious Days</em> 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. </p><p>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. </p><p>From the enchantments of Kate DiCamillo’s children’s books (author of <em>The Beatryce Prophecy</em>) 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 <em>These Precious Days </em>resonate deep in the soul, leaving an indelible mark—and demonstrate why Ann Patchett is one of the most celebrated writers of our time.</p>
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Patchett, Ann.Eudora Welty, an introduction
Patchett, Ann.First Thanksgiving
Patchett, Ann.Flight plan
Patchett, Ann.How knitting saved my life. Twice
Patchett, Ann.How to practice
Patchett, Ann.Moment nothing changed
Patchett, Ann.My year of no shopping
Patchett, Ann.Nightstand
Patchett, Ann.Paper ticket is good for one year
Patchett, Ann.Paris tattoo
Patchett, Ann.Reading Kate DiCamillo
Patchett, Ann.Sisters
Patchett, Ann.Talk to the Association of Graduate School Deans in the Humanities
Patchett, Ann.Tavia
Patchett, Ann.There are no children here
Patchett, Ann.These precious days
Patchett, Ann.Three fathers
Patchett, Ann.To the doghouse
Patchett, Ann.Two more things I want to say about my father
Patchett, Ann.What the American Academy of Arts and Letters taught me about death
Patchett, Ann.Worthless servant
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Patchett, Ann
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Patchett, Ann -- Books and reading
Women authors, American -- Biography
title_displayThese precious days : essays
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These precious days / Ann Patchett
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Patchett, Ann
Women authors, American