This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
3 words: warm, candid, conversational
Her dad was an LA police officer, and she went through the police academy there, which required that she leap over a wall. And she started training, and then she did that thing.
And that’s just one of the completely unexpected facts you learn when you read this book (or listen to it, which I recommend, because Patchett reads it herself and her voice is perfect for the reading of the books).
While the title essay is about her marriage (and the way, and the reasons, she resisted marriage for a long time), the other essays are about things like this: her loving care of her grandmother, and the time she drove around in a motorhome she was supposed to detest (but fell in love with it instead), and how she concocted the plot of her first novel while waitressing at a TGI Friday’s.
And one of the essays describes how she became a bookstore owner. And I was enraptured. And now all I can say is…
Nashville and Parnassus Books… I’m coming for you.
The Dear Man and I have a date with a donut, and we intend to keep it.
Last time we were in Nashville, we made these two mistakes: 1) I forgot that Ann Patchett and her bookstore live there, and 2) We blew past the very enticing Donut Den even though we really wanted to go to there. The Donut Den, which is like 3 feet away from the bookstore! We’re gonna fix this.
Give this book a whirl if you like… authors describing what it’s really like to do their work, memoirs of women’s lives, and some serious candor
What author do you wish would write a memoir?