Ann Patchett

1 Commonwealth

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Family  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2016-09-13
Description :  #1 New York Times Bestseller<br /><br />The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.<br /><br />One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. <br /><br />Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.<br /><br />When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.<br /><br />Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

2 State of Wonder

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2011-06-07
Description :  “Expect miracleswhen you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.”—New YorkTimes Book Review<br /><br />Award-winning, New York Times bestsellingauthor Ann Patchett returns with a provocative andassured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazonrainforest. Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotionalurgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels Bel Canto, Taft, Run, The Magician’s Assistant, and ThePatron Saint of Liars, Patchett delivers anenthrallingly innovative tale of aspiration, exploration, and attachment in State of Wonder—a gripping adventurestory and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name ofdiscovery and love.

3 Bel Canto

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  “Blissfully Romantic….A strange, terrific, spellcasting story.” — San Francisco Chronicle<br /><br />“Bel Canto…should be on the list of every literate music lover. The story is riveting, the participants breathe and feel and are alive, and throughout this elegantly-told novel, music pours forth so splendidly that the reader hears it and is overwhelmed by its beauty.” —Lloyd Moss, WXQR<br /><br />“Glorious.” —The New Yorker<br /><br />Ann Pratchett’s award winning, New York Times bestselling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Patchett’s other novels, including Truth &amp; Beauty&#xa0;and The Magician’s Assistant, the author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance.

4 Run

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children—all his children—safe. <br /><br />Set over a period of twenty-four hours, Run takes us from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard to a home for retired Catholic priests in downtown Boston. It shows us how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from each other, and how family can include people you've never even met. As in her bestselling novel Bel Canto, Ann Patchett illustrates the humanity that connects disparate lives, weaving several stories into one surprising and endlessly moving narrative. Suspenseful and stunningly executed, Run is ultimately a novel about secrets, duty, responsibility, and the lengths we will go to protect our children.

5 The Magician's Assistant

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2004-09-17
Description :  Sabine-- twenty years a magician's assistant to her handsome, charming husband-- is suddenly a widow. In the wake of his death, she finds he has left a final trick; a false identity and a family allegedly lost in a tragic accident but now revealed as very much alive and well. Named as heirs in his will, they enter Sabine's life and set her on an adventure of unraveling his secrets, from sunny Los Angeles to the windswept plains of Nebraska, that will work its own sort of magic on her.

6 This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2013-11-05
Description :  Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of&#xa0;State of&#xa0; Wonder, Run,&#xa0;and&#xa0;Bel Canto,&#xa0;examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband—creating a resonant portrait of a life in&#xa0;This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.<br /><br />This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett’s life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.<br /><br />As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer.

7 The 10 Best Books to Read for Easter: Selections to Inspire, Educate, & Provoke

Author : James Martin, C. S. Lewis, N. T. Wright, Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu, Catherine Wolff, Ann Patchett, Candida Moss, John Dominic Crossan, Father Jonathan Morris & Thomas H. Groome
Genre :  Christianity  Books  Religion & Spirituality 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2013-03-12
Description :  With an Introduction by New York Times bestselling author James Martin, SJ, HarperOne presents The 10 Best Books to Read for Easter. This free sampler is a curated volume of excerpts from new and classic titles from leading authors in the field, including C. S. Lewis, N. T. Wright, Desmond Tutu, Ann Patchett, Candida Moss, John Dominic Crossan, Father Jonathan Morris, and Thomas H. Groome.<br /><br />The 10 Best Books to Read for Easter: Selections to Inspire, Educate, and Provoke includes:<br /><br />An Introduction from James Martin, SJ<br /><br />And excerpts from:<br /><br />Together on Retreat by James Martin, SJ<br />Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis<br />Simply Jesus by N. T. Wright<br />Made for Goodness by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu<br />Not Less Than Everything by Catherine Wolff (Editor)<br />The Worthless Servant by Ann Patchett<br />The Myth of Persecution by Candida Moss<br />The Greatest Prayer by John Dominic Crossan<br />God Wants You Happy by Father Jonathan Morris<br />Will There Be Faith? by Thomas H. Groome<br />The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin, SJ

8 The Patron Saint of Liars

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Family 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2011-04-19
Description :  Since&#xa0;her first publication in 1992, celebrated novelist Ann Patchett has crafted a number of elegant novels, garnering accolades and awards along the way. Now comes a beautiful reissue of the best-selling debut novel that launched&#xa0;her remarkable career.<br /><br />St. Elizabeth's, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while. Not so&#xa0;Rose Clinton, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed, and stays. She plans to give up her child, thinking&#xa0;she cannot be the mother it needs. But when&#xa0;Cecilia is born, Rose makes a place for herself and her daughter amid St. Elizabeth's&#xa0;extended family of nuns and an ever-changing collection of pregnant teenage girls. Rose's past won't be kept away, though, even by St. Elizabeth's;&#xa0;she cannot remain untouched by what she has left behind, even as she cannot change who she has become in the leaving.&#xa0;

9 Truth & Beauty

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren't bound to by blood? What happens when the person you promise to love and to honor for the rest of your life is not your lover, but your best friend? In Truth &amp; Beauty, her frank and startlingly intimate first work of nonfiction, Ann Patchett shines a fresh, revealing light on the world of women's friendships and shows us what it means to stand together.<br /><br />Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work was. In her critically acclaimed and hugely successful memoir, Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, the years of chemotherapy and radiation, and then the endless reconstructive surgeries. In Truth &amp; Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life, but the parts of their lives they shared. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans twenty years, from the long, cold winters of the Midwest, to surgical wards, to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs, and despair, this book shows us what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined.<br /><br />This is a tender, brutal book about loving a person we cannot save. It is about loyalty, and about being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.

10 What Now?

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Self-Improvement  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Spirituality 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  Based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by bestselling author Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether graduating, changing careers, or transitioning from one life stage to another. With wit and candor, Patchett tells her own story of attending college, graduating, and struggling with the inevitable question, What now?<br /><br />From student to line cook to teacher to waitress and eventually to award-winning author, Patchett's own life has taken many twists and turns that make her exploration genuine and resonant. As Patchett writes, "'What now?' represents our excitement and our future, the very vitality of life." She highlights the possibilities the unknown offers and reminds us that there is as much joy in the journey as there is in reaching the destination.

11 The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2011-08-25
Description :  “The journey from the head to the hand is perilous and lined with bodies. It is the road on which nearly everyone who wants to write—and many of the people who do write—get lost.”<br /><br /> So writes Ann Patchett in “The Getaway Car,” a wry, wisdom-packed memoir of her life as a writer. Here, for the first time, one of America’s most celebrated authors (“State of Wonder,” “Bel Canto,” “Truth and Beauty”), talks at length about her literary career—the highs and the lows—and shares advice on the craft and art of writing. In this fascinating look at the development of a novelist, we meet Patchett’s mentors (Allan Gurganas, Grace Paley, Russell Banks), see where she made wrong turns (poetry), and learn how she gets the pages written (an unromantic process of pure hard work). Woven through engaging anecdotes from Patchett’s life are lessons about writing that offer an inside peek into the storytelling process and provide a blueprint for anyone wanting to give writing a serious try.&#xa0; The bestselling author gives pointers on everything from finding ideas to constructing a plot to combating writer’s block. More than that, she conveys the joys and rewards of a life spent reading and writing.&#xa0;<br /><br /> “What I like about the job of being a novelist, and at the same time what I find so exhausting about it, is that it’s the closest thing to being God that you’re ever going to get,” she writes. “All of the decisions are yours. You decide when the sun comes up. You decide who gets to fall in love...”<br /><br /> In this Byliner Original, “The Getaway Car” is a delightful autobiography-cum-user’s guide that appeals to both aspiring writers and anyone who loves a great story.<br /><br /> ABOUT THE AUTHOR<br /><br /> Ann Patchett is the author of eight books, including “Bel Canto,” which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, England’s Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year and has been translated into more than thirty languages. Her most recent novel, “State of Wonder,” is a “New York Times” bestseller. She is working on a collection of essays.

12 Bel Canto

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Romance  Books 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2013-06-05
Description :  Na casa do vice-presidente de algum país da América do Sul, uma elegante festa de aniversário está sendo realizada. O homenageado é o Sr. Hosokawa, poderoso empresário japonês. Roxanne Coss, soprano de fama internacional, fascina os convidados. É uma noite perfeita – até que um bando armado invade o local pelos dutos de ar-condicionado e torna todos os convidados reféns. O objetivo inicial era sequestrar o presidente, mas ele ficou em casa assistindo à novela. E assim, desde o início, nada sai como o esperado.&#xa0;<br /><br /> No entanto, o que começa como um cenário de pânico e risco de vida evolui para algo completamente novo, com terroristas e reféns desenvolvendo laços inesperados e pessoas de diferentes países agindo como compatriotas. Compaixão, amizade e a possibilidade de um grande amor levam os personagens a esquecer a ameaça real que os cerca.<br /><br /> Ao transitar com maestria pela mente e pelo coração de reféns e terroristas, Ann Patchett constrói um romance que revela uma humanidade profunda. Com sua voz sutilmente lírica e melódica, a autora faz de Bel Canto um gentil lembrete sobre a transcendência e a beleza do amor.

13 The Best Contemporary Women's Fiction

Author : Jenna Blum, Maggie O'Farrell, Molly Gloss, Nicole Mones, Elizabeth Benedict & Ann Patchett
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2010-12-22
Description :  <i>Best Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Six Novels</i> includes works by some of the finest novelists of today.&#xa0;&#xa0;<br /><i><br />Almost</i> by Elizabeth Benedict&#xa0;chronicles the attempt of writer Sophy Chase to come to terms with the death of her almost ex-husband -- who may have committed suicide on the New England resort island where she left him just months before.<br /><br /><i>Those Who Save Us</i> by Jenna Blum&#xa0;follows Trudy, a professor of German history, as she investigates her mother's past and the truth surrounding her life in Germany during WWII.&#xa0;Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother/daughter drama, <i>Those Who Save Us</i> is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame. <i>The Hearts of Horses</i> by Molly Gloss is&#xa0;a heartwarming, greatly satisfying story of a young woman with the rare talent of “gentling” wild horses and the unexpected and profound connections between people and animals.&#xa0;<br /><i><br />The Last Chinese Chef</i> by Nicole Mones takes readers inside the hidden world of elite cuisine in modern China through the story of an American food writer in Beijing. When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husband’s estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life.<i>The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox</i> by Maggie O’Farrell&#xa0;is a&#xa0;gothic, intricate tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the freedom brought by truth that will haunt you long past its final page.<i>The Magician’s Assistant</i> by Ann Patchett tells the story of a secretive magician's death that sets in motion his partner's journey of self-discovery.

14 A Study Guide For Ann Patchett's "Bel Canto"

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Literary Criticism  Books  Fiction & Literature  Professional & Technical  Education 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2015-01-19
Description :  A study guide for Ann Patchett's "Bel Canto" , excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students series. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; themes; style; historical context; suggestions for further reading; critical overview and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs..

15 Stupori

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2012-02-16
Description :  La chiave dell'eterna fertilità: un segreto custodito dalla foresta amazzonica e che da anni la dottoressa Annick Swenson tenta di svelare studiando una tribù indigena per conto di un'azienda farmaceutica americana. Un segreto che potrebbe rivoluzionare la vita delle donne di tutto il mondo, ma che sembra destinato a restare tale, visto che la dottoressa Swenson si rifiuta caparbiamente di comunicare i risultati del proprio lavoro. E così, per far luce sull'attività dell'enigmatica ricercatrice e sulla misteriosa morte di un collega, l'azienda invia in Amazzonia un'altra dottoressa, Marina Singh... Accolto in America con grande entusiasmo dalla stampa e dai lettori, Stupori narra la ricerca della verità da parte di una donna che, lontana dalle certezze della civiltà, prenderà coscienza della vulnerabilità e della fragilità dell'essere umano al cospetto di una natura rigogliosa e brulicante di insidie. Ma soprattutto il nuovo romanzo di Ann Patchett è l'invito a una riflessione sul delicato equilibrio tra etica e scienza, sulle responsabilità che quest'ultima dovrebbe assumersi nei confronti della vita, sotto ogni forma e specie, sui limiti di fronte a cui forse dovrebbe fermarsi per non trasformarsi in una macchina di morte.

16 Bel Canto

Author : Ann Patchett & Karen Lauer
Genre :  Romance  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2016-10-04
Description :  Der Champagner fließt, die wundervolle Stimme einer Weltklasse Sopranistin erfüllt den Palazzo – die politische Elite feiert ausgelassen. Plötzlich fallen Schüsse. Eine Bande von Terroristen stürmt den Raum und nimmt die ganze Gesellschaft in Geiselhaft. Es gibt keinen Ausweg. Und noch ahnt niemand, was die verzaubernde, einende Kraft der Musik in dieser lebensbedrohlichen Situation auszurichten vermag.

17 Estado de Graça

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Books 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2012-10-15
Description :  Dra. Marina Singh trabalha para uma empresa norte-americana que financia o desenvolvimento de uma nova droga na Amazônia. À frente da pesquisa está a Dra. -Annick Swenson, que descobriu uma tribo isolada na floresta cujas mulheres permanecem férteis por toda a vida e dão à luz filhos saudáveis depois dos 60 anos, graças ao hábito de mascarem a casca de determinada árvore. Um medicamento feito a partir dessa substância significaria a solução para os problemas de fertilidade de mulheres em todo o mundo.<br /><br /> Implacável e intransigente, a Dra. Swenson faz de tudo para proteger sua pesquisa dos olhos ambiciosos da indústria farmacêutica e manter em segredo as informações sobre o progresso com os estudos. Após a morte de um colega de laboratório, Marina é enviada ao Brasil com o objetivo de encontrar respostas. Numa odisseia pela Amazônia infestada de insetos, Estado de graça convida o leitor a desvendar os mistérios guardados no coração da floresta.

18 Mirakelfloden

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $26.99
Release Date :  2013-04-08
Description :  Blandt regnskovens stammefolk dybt inde i Amazonas er forsker dr. Annick Swenson i gang med at udvikle et medikament, der vil kunne forandre kvinders liv for al fremtid. Projektet er omgærdet af stor mystik, Swenson nægter at rapportere hjem, og investorerne er ved at miste tålmodigheden. Anders Eckman fra Swensons medicinalfirma sendes ned for at undersøge sagen. Det eneste, der kommer retur, er meddelelsen om hans død.&#xa0;<br /><br /> Marina Singh, kollega til Anders og tidligere student under dr. Swenson, tager nu af sted – helt ind i Sydamerikas mørke hjerte – for at undersøge det påståede dødsfald og for at finde ud af, hvad det er for en velbevogtet hemmelighed, dr. Swenson skjuler. Marina ved ikke, at der i dette ældgamle hjørne af verden lurer farer, som kommer til at overgå hendes vildeste fantasi. Den unge forsker må lære at navigere i et territorium, hvor fornuften er sat ud af spil – og det er kun tiden, der kan vise, om dr. Swenson har lært hende nok.&#xa0;<br /><br /> Mirakelfloden er en fortælling om kærlighed, vanvid og frygt og om de dilemmaer, der opstår, når videnskaben kolliderer med vores forestillinger om fornuft og etik.

19 I undrens tid

Author : Ann Patchett
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $30.99
Release Date :  2013-11-20
Description :  Ann Patchetts nya roman I undrens tid utspelas till stor del i en miljö präglad av giftpilar, ormar, vetenskapliga genombrott och andliga upplevelser. Den har av många hyllats som hennes starkaste bok, är flerfaldigt prisbelönad och har länge legat på topp­listorna runt om i världen. Doktor Marina Singh får ett fruktansvärt besked som gör att hon snabbt packar sina väskor och beger till ett forsknings­projekt i Amazonas. En av hennes närmaste kolleger har avlidit under mystiska omständigheter där. Först måste hon dock få fatt i sin tidigare mentor, doktor Annick Swenson, som tycks ha gått under jorden i sitt intensiva arbete för att hos en viss indianstam finna lösningen på en av vetenskapens hetaste frågor. Doktor Swenson är inte heller någon som är lätt att tas med: hon är excentrisk, hårdhudad och en fanatisk arbetsnarkoman. För Marina väcker mötet plågsamma minnen och uppgörelser. I Amazonas oförlåtande djungel tvingas hon snart fatta beslut som handlar om liv och död, etik och moral, samtidigt som hon bär på en ödesmättad känsla av att hon närmar sig mörkrets hjärta. I undrens tid skildras en värld där naturens allra vackraste konstverk ställs mot människan allra djupaste sorger, förluster och, i en vidare bemärkelse, vår evinnerliga strävan efter evigt liv.

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