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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a sheer delight. It rea

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a sheer delight. It really gets in deep to the notion of writing nonfiction – what that type of art really is and how utterly unique it is. The book balances between essays about life and philosophy about life. It is really an in...
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a sheer delight. It really gets in deep to the notion of writing nonfiction – what that type of art really is and how utterly unique it is. The book balances between essays about life and philosophy about life. It is really an incredible balancing act. Five stars.

posted by Donna_Coleman on November 5, 2013

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great Life Lessons!

This was my first book by Ann Patchett-a very insightful look into the ups and downs of Patchett’s life, her writings, marriage, family, dog, and the people who came in and out of her life. A collection of short essays which were published in the NY Times, WSJ, Washing...
This was my first book by Ann Patchett-a very insightful look into the ups and downs of Patchett’s life, her writings, marriage, family, dog, and the people who came in and out of her life. A collection of short essays which were published in the NY Times, WSJ, Washington Post and others. (how a writer supports herself while trying to earn income and have time for writing and the process). She tells her story about her trials, experiences, successes, failures and her search for love and happiness in personal and business.

All of the essays are tied together with a background of her life and history of the articles she wrote. This book inspires all of us whether writing short stories, blogging or novels. Makes readers appreciate all our favorite author’s efforts and what it takes ---Thanks for sharing your life lessons! I look forward to reading more from this author.

posted by quaintinns on February 14, 2014

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

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    Great book for Patchett Fans  Note: I received This is the Stor

    Great book for Patchett Fans 

    Note: I received This is the Story of a Happy Marriage from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 




    I've been an Ann Patchett fan for years. I loved State of Wonder and adored The Patron Saint of Liars, so when I was given the opportunity to read about Ann Patchett by Ann Patchett, I jumped. And boy, am I glad I did! Confession: I had no idea she started out writing magazine articles. I consider myself to be pretty up-to-snuff when it comes to the writing histories of authors I love, but for some reason I never did much Patchett research. I think this is probably a good thing because it lent an air of mystery to her work.




    My favorite essay from the book was The Getaway Car. In it, she discusses how she became a writer and gives advice (like don't get an MFA because it's a waste of money) and her self-deprecating process of writing a book. In it, she details the circumstances around writing The Patron Saint of Liars, which is my favorite book by her, and I loved reading the backstory. I think I might actually go back and reread it now that I have some insight into her writing processes.




    Voracious readers will love this book. As a writer who is writing about writing (follow all that?), Patchett's love for all things literary is palpable. I, for one, relished in her descriptions of reading, wanting to be a writer as a child, putting pen to paper, and actually put down the book to write a short, personal essay just because she inspired me.
    But enough talking about the book. Run to the library and get your copy NOW!   Allison @ The Book Wheel

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    This is a very enjoyable collection of essays, mostly about writ

    This is a very enjoyable collection of essays, mostly about writing and the life of a writer. The title essay was probably the best one, but it's really the only one about her marriage. The rest could be considered a metaphorical marriage, in the sense that writing is a life-long passion for her and her longest-term commitment, but it was not what I expected from reading the jacket and some of the other reviews. Still, she's a good writer and I'm very glad I found this. I've read two of her novels but nothing of her nonfiction writing before. I found her thoughts on what education and true creative thinking are most inspirational.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    Glitches again!

    Do something about these constant glitches, BN! Your customer service sucks!

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Super auto-biographical reaxd that requires little of the reader.

    Whether you are a fan of Ann Patchett or not, you will enjoy this series of memory stories. I especially liked the title story and the one about Rose, the dog. Written in an acessible, conversational style.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 24, 2014

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