These precious days Essays

Ann Patchett

Book - 2021

"The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays"--

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Subjects
Genres
Essays
Autobiographies
Biographies
Published
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
viii, 322 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780063092785
0063092786
9780063136847
0063136848
Main Author
Ann Patchett (-)
  • 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.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Patchett, whose most recent novel is The Dutch House (2019), is an exhilarating and provocative essayist. This substantial autobiographical collection builds on This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (2013), excavating the sources of her covert ferocity and intense literary passion. Her family tales include a portrait of her three fathers; one tried to dissuade her from becoming a writer, another hoped to follow in her footsteps. Mischievously funny and nimbly incisive, Patchett celebrates her close friendship with a nun; pays tribute to an unlikely muse, Snoopy; explains why she doesn't have children, then describes how much fun she's had collaborating on children's books with best-selling illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser. Patchett elucidates all that running Parnassus Books in Nashville has done for her. In the enthralling title essay, she tells the many-faceted story of how she met Tom Hanks' assistant, artist Sooki Raphael, and how Sooki ended up staying with Patchett and her doctor-pilot husband as Sooki battled cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Breathtakingly candid, Patchett attains graceful velocity and tilt, her vibrant sentences serving as divining rods for piquant life lessons. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In this essay collection, the New York Times best-selling Pulitzer Prize finalist Patchett reveals the pleasures of the unexpected, looking at her own life to illuminate ours. The title essay, for instance, relates how reading an early galley of actor Tom Hanks's story collection led to a meaningful friendship with his assistant, while "My Three Fathers" maps Patchett's complex interactions with her biological father and the two other fathers she acquired along the way, showing what each has contributed to her life. Elsewhere, she ranges from the particular charms of Kate DiCamillo's children's books and Charles Schulz's Snoopy, to memories of Paris and the joys of knitting. With a 150,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this eloquent collection, novelist Patchett (The Dutch House) meditates poignantly—and often with wry humor—on "what I needed, whom I loved, what I could let go, and how much energy the letting go would take." In "How to Practice," Patchett writes of her "journey of digging out" and the feeling of lightness she begins to notice as she gets rid of possessions. In the title essay, she shares the story of Sooki, Tom Hanks's publicist, whom Patchett invited into her home and offered solace and comfort as Sooki underwent pancreatic cancer treatments: "What Sooki gave me was a sense of order, a sense of God, the God of Sister Nena, the God of my childhood, a belief that I had gone into my study one night and picked up the right book from the hundred books that were there because I was meant to." Other essays cover the lessons Patchett learned on her first Thanksgiving away from home, insights from a year in which she didn't go shopping, and what she's picked up from Snoopy. 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. The result is a moving collection not easily forgotten. (Nov.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Turning her writer’s eye on her own experiences, the brilliant author 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. 150,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.