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Ann Patchett

Straight Off the Shelf: 9 All-Time Favorite Novels from the Bestselling Author of A Window Opens

Off The Shelf | Posted 09.01.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Elisabeth Egan | Off the Shelf For me, picking a single favorite book is a little bit like picking my favorite child--the question seems terribly ...

12 Novels That Celebrate the Joys and Challenges of Motherhood

Off The Shelf | Posted 05.02.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

For Mother's Day, we've collected these beautiful and moving stories of mothers--their delights and their struggles. With memorable and colorful characters, they explore the unique journeys of female characters through life as parents and professionals, lovers and leaders.

8 Glorious and Triumphant Novels of Scientific Discovery

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.31.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Leora Bernstein | Off the Shelf Your dusty old high school biology textbook might have been dull beyond redemption, but a glorious novel of scient...

9 Novels That Celebrate the Joys of Friendship

Off The Shelf | Posted 12.17.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

Celebrate the power of friendship with these nine novels that bring new meaning to the phrase "Best Friends Forever"--and pick up two copies of each while you're at it, because these are books that you'll want to share with your best friend.

Abigail Thomas on Why She Hopes This Is Her Last Memoir

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 05.13.2015 | Books
Annie L. Scholl

Brief Interviews is a series in which writers discuss language, literature, and a handful of Proustian personality questions.

The Day I Met Ann Patchett

Laura Zinn Fromm | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Laura Zinn Fromm

There, standing in front of me, was a slim woman with a pixie haircut. She was wearing a navy blue crew neck sweater, a pressed collared shirt tucked neatly beneath it and blue jeans. Her skin was flawless and she was beaming at me. Who was this fabulous creature?


Laura Zinn Fromm | Posted 05.03.2015 | Fifty
Laura Zinn Fromm

Sometimes you just need to admit you are besotted with someone. If you are sports fan, there are athletes you hold in high, high estimation. Writers are like this about other living writers. I'll just say it out loud: I am besotted with Ann Patchett.

The Very Best Way To Cook Cauliflower

Laura Zinn Fromm | Posted 04.30.2015 | Fifty
Laura Zinn Fromm

I came to cauliflower late in life. Though my mother was a great cook, when it came to cauliflower, Mom played it very plain. The cauliflower arrived on the table, steamed and quiet, holding its head down, knowing it didn't have much flavor and couldn't compete with the other dishes.

How Death Did Me a Favor

Carolyn Bass | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
Carolyn Bass

I no longer took for granted the waking up every morning of myself, my husband, my children. If my sister could die, so could one of them.

The Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cookie Recipe That Got Me Through A Stressful Day

Laura Zinn Fromm | Posted 04.15.2014 | Fifty
Laura Zinn Fromm

You would think that going away for a long weekend with your girlfriends would insure you returned home relaxed and happy to see your teenagers. And I was initially thrilled to see my kids. I missed them a lot.

Ann Patchett's Language Pet Peeve

Posted 11.06.2013 | Books

Brief Interviews is a new series in which writers discuss language, literature, and a handful of Proustian personality questions. Ann Patchett is a...

Lessons Learned in Ann Patchett's This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Nancy Doyle Palmer

Ann Patchett most definitely has something to say, in her fully realized and beautiful voice. I recently interviewed Patchett about her new book.

'What Now?'

Nancy Sharp | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Nancy Sharp

The words are reflective and powerful. Patchett made me see the universality of "what now?" as a byproduct of ordinary living (read: time management), but the question of course resonates at a far deeper level. Isn't there something essential about answering to "what now?"

WATCH: Bestselling Author Ann Patchett: 'Bookstores Aren't Dead'

Posted 01.31.2013 | OWN

Some may say that the neighborhood bookstore is dead -- that books are dead -- but Ann Patchett, the award-winning author of "Bel Canto," has proven ...

Ann Patchett and the Horror of Hope

Dana Sachs | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Dana Sachs

I love those moments in literature when I read something that both goes against my deepest principles and, at the same time, strikes me as profoundly true.

When I Met JK Rowling

Keilin Huang | Posted 12.18.2012 | Books
Keilin Huang

"Hey, how would you like to see Jo tonight?" Jo? Jo who? But then it dawned on me. Oh. My. Goodness. Jo. As in, Joanne "Jo" Rowling.

Ann Patchett's Nashville

Love Letters | Posted 07.02.2012 | Travel
Love Letters

We put a piano in our bookstore. People come in, sit down and play. Sometimes they sing. That's when I'm certain that Nashville is like no place else in the world.

WATCH Ann Patchett: Can Online Shopping Make You The Unabomber?

Posted 02.21.2012 | Books

Last night, Ann Patchett appeared on "The Colbert Report" to defend physical bookstores everywhere. Colbert introduced her by praising the amount ...

Writer Wednesday: Ann Patchett On How To Avoid Doubt

Posted 12.12.2011 | Books

Bestselling novelist and essayist Ann Patchett recently wrote "The Getaway Car" (Byliner), "a practical memoir about the agony, ecstasy, and occasiona...

This Summer's Perfect State of Wonder

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 09.26.2011 | Books
Nancy Doyle Palmer

Something I've always wondered -- is a book good because of the story it tells or how it's told? Then I remember the best books are a perfect combination of both -- which is the case with State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.

What Is It Actually Like To Sell A Novel? | Posted 09.06.2011 | Books

"We're closing in on a deal," my agent told me on the phone. "I'm just turning him upside-down now and shaking him for loose change."...

On Our Radar: What's New And Hot In Books

Posted 08.07.2011 | Books

Books come into our office by the truckload and as we open these precious packages, we want to point out those we think are interesting and some you m...

Book Review Roundup: British Rock And An Amazonian Forest Adventure

Posted 08.06.2011 | Books

"Daughters of the Revolution" by Carolyn Cooke San Francisco Chronicle This is a dramatic social novel, a successful entwining of people that c...

NPR Recommends The Best Summer Books | Adam Rathe | Posted 07.31.2011 | Books

Summer is a strange time in the publishing world — most houses are waiting to publish their marquee books in the fall, heading back to school and in...

10 Most Anticipated Summer Reads | Posted 07.24.2011 | Books

We are on the cusp of summer, and it’s time for a preview of the books and novels worth reading in the months to come. June marks the release of a s...