Search Results: "Ann Patchett"


BOOK REVIEW

BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2001

"Brilliant."
Combining an unerring instinct for telling detail with the broader brushstrokes you need to tackle issues of culture and politics, Patchett (The Magician's Assistant, 1997, etc.) creates a remarkably compelling chronicle of a multinational group of the rich and powerful held hostage for months. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAFT by Ann Patchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

"A strikingly original and thoroughly conceived bluesy voice, though the story it tells has some holes in logic. (Author tour)"
The author of The Patron Saint of Liars (1992) takes risks in her absorbing second novel—about a middle-aged black man who runs a blues club in Memphis—which has a good beginning and end but a static middle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE by Ann Patchett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Wise, humane and always insightful."
A well-organized collection of a beloved, award-winning writer's nonfiction essays about her personal and literary lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2006 by Ann Patchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2006

"Though more radical narrative strategies aren't represented, the selection is of such consistently high quality that almost any of these stories could be some reader's favorite."
Among the 20 competitors in what novelist Patchett (Bel Canto, 2001, etc.) terms "the short story Olympics," there are plenty of worthy contenders for the gold medal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STATE OF WONDER by Ann Patchett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 7, 2011

"Thrilling, disturbing and moving in equal measures—even better than Patchett's breakthrough Bel Canto (2001)."
A pharmacologist travels into the Amazonian heart of darkness in this spellbinder from bestselling author Patchett (Run, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUTH & BEAUTY by Ann Patchett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2004

"A tough and loving tribute, hard to put down, impossible to forget."
In her first nonfiction, novelist Patchett (Bel Canto, 2001, etc.) paints a deeply moving portrait of friendship between two talented writers, illuminating the bond between herself and poet Lucy Grealy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PATRON SAINT OF LIARS by Ann Patchett
Released: May 1, 1992

"In an assured, warm, and graceful style, a moving novel that touches on the healing powers of chance sanctuaries of love and fancy in the acrid realities of living."
Patchett's first novel, set in rural Kentucky in a castle-like home for unwed mothers—where a good woman finds she cannot lie her way beyond love—has a quiet summer-morning sensibility that reminds one of the early work of Anne Tyler. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A satisfying meat-and-potatoes domestic novel from one of our finest writers."
Two families are fused, atomized, and reconfigured by a stolen kiss, a child's death, and a bestselling novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUN by Ann Patchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Compelling story but thematically heavy-handed."
A family-of-man fable that reads a little too pat to ring true. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGICIAN'S ASSISTANT by Ann Patchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Masterful in evoking everything from the good life in L.A. to the bleaker one on the Great Plains, and even to dreams of the dead: a saga of redemption tenderly and terrifically told. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Having produced wonders in two earlier novels (The Patron Saint of Liars, 1992; Taft, 1994), Patchett here conjures up a striking tale of pain and enchantment as an L.A. woman, who lost the love of her life after a few short months of marriage, finds unexpected consolation from her husband's family—a family she never knew he had. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY ANN by Betsy James
by Betsy James, illustrated by Betsy James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A note offers sensible advice on keeping a mantis. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her best friend moves away, Amy feels bereft: ``I wish there were hundreds and hundreds of Mary Anns,'' she tells Daddy, imagining that it wouldn't matter, then, if one moved away. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALLY ANN THUNDER ANN WHIRLWIND CROCKETT by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The straight-faced recounting of these far-fetched adventures is paced perfectly for a read-aloud; readers will yearn for Kellogg (who includes a careful source note) to hatch still more eggs from his storytelling basket. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
A perennial favorite follows Kellogg's other tall tales (Mike Fink, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >