Tag: Ann Patchett

Favorite Author

I’ve talked about Ann Patchett on this blog before, but I’ve recently collected more of her books, and they are right in my eye line when I’m sitting at my desk. I can’t wait to read Bel Canto again soon. It is one of my absolute favorite books. The prose is just spot on.

Newest Purchase

I had a pretty great book haul in September. Some new books, some used ones. Even a free one, thanks to a Twitter contest! Here’s what I picked up:   I’ve blogged about most of these already, so I’ll keep this short. But LOOK at that gorgeous purple Drop Caps from Penguin Books! Sorry if

Top 3 Favorites

These are not the usual three that I give when people ask for my three favorite books, but they rank pretty high. And, since I just picked them up on clearance at Half-Price this week, I’m anxious to reread them soon. Bel Canto was the first book by Ann Patchett that I read, and the

Taft

I’ve reviewed Ann Patchett here before, and I just love her writing style. It’s simple, but her voice always changes to fit the characters–and those characters are never the same from book to book. Taft is one of her lesser known books, but just as well written as Bel Canto and Run. It follows an ex-blues musician,

Favorite Author

What is my favorite author? Is that a trick question? I don’t have one. Yes, I’m serious. Source:  The Relentless Reader I don’t have one. I have several. Austen, Hemingway, Wolfe. Michael Cunningham. Regina McBride. Ann Patchett. Wilde has now been added to the list. Countless authors who I’ve only read one of their books

The Long Goodbye

Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye was my first dive into noir, but it was immediately familiar to me. I grew up with all kinds of pop culture references to old school gangsters and private detectives. Ann Patchett actually recommended this book when I read This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. She talks about Chandler’s chapter

If you wind up …

If you wind up boring yourself, you can pretty much bank on the fact that you’re going to bore your reader. I believe in keeping several plots going at once. The plot of a novel should be like walking down a busy city street: first there are all the other people around you, the dog
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