Spotlight: Ann Patchett’s ‘These Precious Days,’ Nov. 2021 | Prepub Alert

Celebrated novelist Ann Patchett offers an illuminating essay collection.

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cover of Ann Patchett's Three Precious DaysPatchett, Ann. These Precious Days: Essays. Harper. Nov. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780063092785. $26.99. LITERARY ESSAYS

In this essay collection, the New York Times best-selling, Pulitzer Prize finalist Patchett reveals the pleasures of the unexpected, looking at her own life to illuminate ours. The title essay, for instance, relates how reading an early galley of actor Tom Hanks’s story collection led to a meaningful friendship with his assistant, while “My Three Fathers” maps her complex interactions with her biological father and the two other fathers she acquired along the way, showing what each has contributed to her life. Elsewhere, she ranges from the particular charms of Kate di Camilo’s children’s books and Charles Schultz’s Snoopy to memories of Paris and the joys of knitting. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

 

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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