Monday, December 9, 2013
ann patchett, etc.
I'm loving Ann Patchett's new collection of essays, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. From Bel Canto to State of Wonder, she's got to be one of my favorite writers; she's so down-to-earth and honest and devoted to (and good at!) making things pretty and real. (She wrote a book about her tragic best friend called Truth and Beauty, after all.) She saved an independent bookstore in her hometown from closing, and now runs it. She dispenses advice—on life, on writing—with great kindness and generosity. And she loves dogs with great feeling and considers them worthy subjects and companions.
These are also on my list for when we finally go to Florida and get away from the gross snow/rain that is keeping my kids out of school: The Goldfinch, which looks spectactular. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., which sounds like the best kind of brain candy. Tartine Book No. 3, for ambitious baking. And Anything That Moves, for food adventures I'd never take myself. Any suggestions?