This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays by novelist Ann Patchett, is now in the Cobb County Public Library System’s Adult Collection. There is a short waiting list for the book.
From Library Journal’s review: “This compilation of 22 essays by novelist Patchett (winner of the Orange Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award; Taft; State of Wonder), many of which previously appeared in magazines or newspapers, together comprise an eclectic group covering a wide range of events on the topic of commitment, from training to get into the Los Angeles Police Department academy to Patchett’s career as an author. In the title piece, she recounts the 11 premarriage years she spent with now husband Karl and the lessons they taught her about marriage. In sharing her struggles as a writer and creating the life she wanted for herself, Patchett offers words that gently advise without imposing. Her experiences, large and small, create a connection with the reader in prose that is thoughtful, warm, and encouraging.”
Patchett is an advocate for independent booksellers. She is co-owner of an independent bookstore in Nashville that opened two years ago, successfully taking over the market left by two corporate bookstores that closed in the city. “People still want books,” she writes, “I’ve got the numbers to prove it.”