I mean, it's Ann Patchett. So of course, it's amazing. I just love her style so much, both in fiction and non-fiction. Each of these essays captures something unique about her style and you can almost hear her telling you the stories. I think her essays easily rival her fiction. There aren't enough good things to say about her writing where I'm concerned.
I loved them all, but I definitely had some favorites. I loved "The Getaway Car", about the act of writing and her own personal experiences as a writer as well as her advice to aspiring authors. I also loved the title story, "This Is The Story of A Happy Marriage". And, of course, having visited her bookstore, Parnassus, in September, I enjoyed the essay about it, "The Bookstore Strikes Back." Another favorite was "This Dog's Life", about her dog's life and how she loved and then lost her. Having just lost our cat-child, Sly, it really touched a nerve for me.
I've already loaned my copy to a friend, and I plan to keep passing it around until everyone I know has had a chance to read it. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy right away.
Thank you to TLC for a chance to review this book. Click here to see the other stops on the tour.