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Book Discussion - This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

  • Feb 27, 2014 · 7:00 PM

Grab a hot drink or a toasty warm grilled sandwich with us at Chaibo in Fitchburg as we discuss This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage. This memoir by Ann Patchett has been getting great reviews. Can't wait to see what we think of it!

Below is a description of the book from Booklist:

This is the story of how best-selling novelist Patchett (State of Wonder, 2011) became a writer. As a young child in California and, after her parents’ divorce, she knew she had to write, and she was fortunate, as she so warmly and vividly explains, in her writing teachers—Allan Gurganus, Grace Paley, and Russell Banks—and in her success supporting herself by writing nonfiction for magazines and newspapers, beginning with Seventeen and extending to the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Vogue, and Gourmet. Patchett now assembles a retrospective set of 22 sterling personal essays to form an episodic, piquant, instructive, and entertaining self-portrait. She reflects on her family, life on a Tennessee farm, literary discipline and inspiration, and her failed first marriage. Her second marriage is central to her hilarious account of an RV road trip, and the full measure of Patchett’s toughness and daring surfaces in “The Wall,” a riveting account of her father, a captain when he retired after 30 years on the Los Angeles police force, coaching her as she takes the grueling admission test for the Los Angeles Police Academy. A self-described “workhorse” who has even opened an independent bookstore, Patchett is a commanding and incisive storyteller, whether her tales are true or imagined.

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  • Kathleen

    Sorry I missed all of you this month!

    February 28, 2014

  • Tammy

    Nice group! I enjoyed the conversation, especially the honesty from people who found the author a bit annoying.

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Andrea E.

    Sorry ladies. I really lost track of time this month and haven't even started the book :(. See you in March.

    February 25, 2014

  • Jocelin D.

    Modified bed rest is really messing with my social life :(

    February 23, 2014

  • Azure C.

    Sorry ladies. I'll be in Costa Rica on Thursday :)

    February 21, 2014

  • Anne L

    I'll get the book to read but unfortunately I won't be able to come until after Easter.

    February 4, 2014

  • Paysha

    I hope I will be there... baby willing!

    2 · February 3, 2014

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