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These Precious Days door Ann Patchett
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These Precious Days (origineel 2021; editie 2021)

door Ann Patchett

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The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays.   "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 suprising 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 di Camilo's children's books 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.… (meer)
Lid:elkiedee
Titel:These Precious Days
Auteurs:Ann Patchett
Info:London: Bloomsbury, 2021
Verzamelingen:Jouw bibliotheek, Reviewed 2022, Read 2022, Acquired 2022, Kindle, Library loans, Library ebook, Lives letters and diaries, Essays, Writing
Waardering:****1/2
Trefwoorden:Geen

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These Precious Days: Essays door Ann Patchett (2021)

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This is really a memoir of a writer's life in essay collection form - a number of the pieces have been previously published online or in periodicals etc. The arrangement isn't chronological but they follow on very well from one subject to the next, as Patchett writes about her life, writing, books, relationships with family, her husband and friends etc. Patchett has written an earlier memoir

I really enjoyed everything in this book - as it is a library eBook and my loan has expired, I can't check back in the book to refresh my memory.

I particularly liked the opening essay, My Three Fathers. Patchett's mum has been married three times and this is about Patchett's father and stepfathers, all of whom have been important in her life. I really identify with this as I have a number of step parents who have been quite special and valued figures for me. This piece is illustrated by a picture of the three men posed together at Patchett's sister's wedding, at Patchett's request. This is full of love, warmth and humour and wonderful portraits of these men as characters in Patchett's life and the roles they played. At some point I'd like to look at a hardback copy to see better the photograph that illustrates the piece, of Patchett's 3 fathers posed together at a wedding - one of them remarked that Patchett wanted a picture because she clearly planned to write about them.

As I read and enjoyed her most recent novel The Dutch House I was also interested to read about her writing process and the developments and changes in the story in another essay here.

Towards the end of the book Patchett two of the last 3 essays tell the story of a woman who became a very dear and beloved friend, and I found these very moving. ( )
  elkiedee | Jun 23, 2022 |
I’m an Ann Patchett fan, having read most of her work over the years, so I didn’t think twice about reading her latest essay collection. Patchett writes with self-awareness and candor, comfortable both exploring emotions and standing up for her beliefs. Every reader will be affected by this collection, with some essays having greater impact than others.

The first essay, Three Fathers, is a lovely tribute to the three men her mother married. First Thanksgiving was a delightful look back at Patchett’s first year of college, in which she was one of only a few students spending the Thanksgiving holiday at school. Eudora Welty, an Introduction inspired me to immediately buy Welty’s Collected Stories for my Kindle. Patchett also writes about how knitting helped her through difficult times, and reluctance to preserve her body of work. Some essays provide a behind-the-scenes look at her career and her craft.

But the most powerful essay by far is the title piece, which explores Patchett’s friendship with Sooki Raphael. The two met when Sooki worked for Tom Hanks, and began a correspondence that blossomed into friendship. When Sooki came to Nashville for medical treatment, there was no question she would stay with Ann and her husband, Karl. This was early 2020, and lockdown measures suddenly meant Sooki would be staying with them indefinitely. For some people this would be very stressful, but in this case the time spent together had a profound impact on both women. The book’s epilogue is a moving denouement to their story, and is a fitting way to conclude this outstanding collection. ( )
  lauralkeet | May 29, 2022 |
This book was selected by my book club. At first, I was happy to see that the choice was an Ann Patchett book because I have enjoyed several of her books. I was less enthused when I realized that this book was a collection of essays.
Fortunately I enjoyed several of the stories, in particular the one about her choice not to have children and the one about the birth of a book cover. ( )
  AstridG | May 19, 2022 |
This is a collection of essays, some of which were published elsewhere. Many of the topics in the essay are at least tangentially related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Other's relate to her family, friends, and her education. As always with Patchett, her use of language is stunning. Although many of the essays touch on the subject of mortality, the book is not morbid. In fact it is a reminder that indeed, these days are precious. ( )
  tangledthread | May 2, 2022 |
A series of great essays by an author who is at the top of her game. She covers a wde variety f topics that include her family, her education and writing career. The must important essay and titled the same as the book itself is about her close friendship with a woman who when she met her was Tom Hanks' personal assistant. (Sooki) This essay deals with Sooki's terminal illness and their joint journey navigating "These Precious Days).A worthy homage. ( )
  muddyboy | Apr 24, 2022 |
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The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays.   "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 suprising 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 di Camilo's children's books 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.

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