The Patron Saint of Liars

  • Filename: the-patron-saint-of-liars.
  • ISBN: 9780547548401
  • Release Date: 2011-04-19
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Since 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 her remarkable career. St. Elizabeth's, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while. Not so 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 she cannot be the mother it needs. But when Cecilia is born, Rose makes a place for herself and her daughter amid St. Elizabeth's 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; she cannot remain untouched by what she has left behind, even as she cannot change who she has become in the leaving.

The Patron Saint of Liars

  • Filename: the-patron-saint-of-liars.
  • ISBN: 0061339210
  • Release Date: 2007-09-04
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial

St. Elizabeth's is a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. Life there is not unpleasant, and for most, it is temporary. Not so for Rose, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed. She plans to give up her baby because she knows she cannot be the mother it needs. But St. Elizabeth's is near a healing spring, and when Rose's time draws near, she cannot go through with her plans, not all of them. And she cannot remain forever untouched by what she has left behind . . . and who she has become in the leaving.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

  • Filename: this-is-the-story-of-a-happy-marriage.
  • ISBN: 9781408842409
  • Release Date: 2013-11-07
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • Publisher: A&C Black

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is an irresistible blend of literature and memoir revealing the big experiences and little moments that shaped Ann Patchett as a daughter, wife, friend and writer. Here, Ann Patchett shares entertaining and moving stories about her tumultuous childhood, her painful early divorce, the excitement of selling her first book, driving a Winnebago from Montana to Yellowstone Park, her joyous discovery of opera, scaling a six-foot wall in order to join the Los Angeles Police Department, the gradual loss of her beloved grandmother, starting her own bookshop in Nashville, her love for her very special dog and, of course, her eventual happy marriage. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a memoir both wide ranging and deeply personal, overflowing with close observation and emotional wisdom, told with wit, honesty and irresistible warmth.

State of Wonder

  • Filename: state-of-wonder.
  • ISBN: 9781408818596
  • Release Date: 2011-06-06
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • Publisher: A&C Black

Heart of Darkness meets The Poisonwood Bible in the most ambitious and mesmeric book yet from the Orange prize-winning author of Bel Canto.


  • Filename: taft.
  • ISBN: 9780547524153
  • Release Date: 2011-03-30
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Best-selling novelist Ann Patchett's second, "strikingly original"* novel tells the moving story of John Nickel, an ex-jazz musician who wanted nothing more than to be a good father. When his lover takes away his son, he's left only with his Beale Street, Memphis bar. He hires a young waitress named Fay Taft who brings with her a desperate, dangerous brother, Carl, and the possibility of new intimacy. Nickel finds himself consumed with Fay and Carl's dead father—Taft—obssessing over and reconstructing the life of a man he never met. A stunning artistic achievement, Taft confirms Ann Pathcett's standing as one of the most gifted writers of her generation and reminds us of our deepest instincts to protect the people we love. *Kirkus Reviews

100 Facts about the Patron Saint of Liars That Even the Cia Doesn t Know

  • Filename: 100-facts-about-the-patron-saint-of-liars-that-even-the-cia-doesn-t-know.
  • ISBN: 5458900677
  • Release Date: 2013-03
  • Number of pages: 44
  • Author: Jacob Darting
  • Publisher: Lennex

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "The Patron Saint of Liars." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

Bel Canto

  • Filename: bel-canto.
  • ISBN: 9780061738883
  • Release Date: 2009-03-17
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

“Blissfully Romantic….A strange, terrific, spellcasting story.” — San Francisco Chronicle “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 “Glorious.” —The New Yorker 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 & Beauty 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.

Truth Beauty

  • Filename: truth-beauty.
  • ISBN: 9780061754814
  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

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 & 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. 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 & 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. 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.

The Guineveres

  • Filename: the-guineveres.
  • ISBN: 9781250086600
  • Release Date: 2016-10-04
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Sarah Domet
  • Publisher: Macmillan

“Deft and lovely...The perfect weight, in all ways. It’s suitable for a vacation, and you can describe it in one inviting line, but then it keeps unfolding and deepening, taking unexpected turns.” —The New York Times Book Review To four girls who have nothing, their friendship is everything: they are each other’s confidants, teachers, and family. The girls are all named Guinevere—Vere, Gwen, Ginny, and Win—and it is the surprise of finding another Guinevere in their midst that first brings them together. They come to The Sisters of the Supreme Adoration convent by different paths, delivered by their families, each with her own complicated, heartbreaking story that she safeguards. Gwen is all Hollywood glamour and swagger; Ginny is a budding artiste with a sentiment to match; Win’s tough bravado isn’t even skin deep; and Vere is the only one who seems to be a believer, trying to hold onto her faith that her mother will one day return for her. However, the girls are more than the sum of their parts and together they form the all powerful and confident The Guineveres, bound by the extraordinary coincidence of their names and girded against the indignities of their plain, sequestered lives. The nuns who raise them teach the Guineveres that faith is about waiting: waiting for the mail, for weekly wash day, for a miracle, or for the day they turn eighteen and are allowed to leave the convent. But the Guineveres grow tired of waiting. And so when four comatose soldiers from the War looming outside arrive at the convent, the girls realize that these men may hold their ticket out. In prose shot through with beauty, Sarah Domet weaves together the Guineveres’ past, present, and future, as well as the stories of the female saints they were raised on, to capture the wonder and tumult of girlhood and the magical thinking of young women as they cross over to adulthood.

The Getaway Car A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

  • Filename: the-getaway-car-a-practical-memoir-about-writing-and-life.
  • ISBN: 9781614520115
  • Release Date: 2011-08-25
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc.

ÒThe journey from the head to the hand is perilous and lined with bodies. It is the road on which nearly everyone who wants to writeÑand many of the people who do writeÑget lost.Ó So writes Ann Patchett in ÒThe Getaway Car,Ó a wry, wisdom-packed memoir of her life as a writer. Here, for the first time, one of AmericaÕs most celebrated authors (ÒState of Wonder,Ó ÒBel Canto,Ó ÒTruth and BeautyÓ), talks at length about her literary careerÑthe highs and the lowsÑand shares advice on the craft and art of writing. In this fascinating look at the development of a novelist, we meet PatchettÕs 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 PatchettÕs 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.Ê The bestselling author gives pointers on everything from finding ideas to constructing a plot to combating writerÕs block. More than that, she conveys the joys and rewards of a life spent reading and writing. ÒWhat I like about the job of being a novelist, and at the same time what I find so exhausting about it, is that itÕs the closest thing to being God that youÕre ever going to get,Ó she writes. ÒAll of the decisions are yours. You decide when the sun comes up. You decide who gets to fall in love...Ó In this Byliner Original, ÒThe Getaway CarÓ is a delightful autobiography-cum-userÕs guide that appeals to both aspiring writers and anyone who loves a great story.


  • Filename: run.
  • ISBN: 9781408822494
  • Release Date: 2012-05-01
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Tip and Teddy are becoming men under the very eyes of their adoptive father, Bernard Doyle. A student at Harvard, Tip is happiest in a lab, whilst Teddy thinks he has found his calling in the Church, and both are increasingly strained by their father's protective plans for them. But when they are involved in an accident on an icy road, the Doyles are forced to confront certain truths about their lives, how the death of Doyle's wife Bernadette has affected the family, and an anonymous figure who is always watching.

So Long See You Tomorrow

  • Filename: so-long-see-you-tomorrow.
  • ISBN: 9780099560661
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 153
  • Author: William Maxwell
  • Publisher: Random House

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ANN PATCHETT In rural Illinois two tenant farmers share much, finally too much, until jealously leads to murder and suicide. A tenuous friendship between lonely teenagers - the narrator, whose mother has died young, and Cletus Smith, the troubled witness to his parent's misery - is shattered. Fifty years on, the narrator mourns words left unsaid, and attempts a reconstruction of those devastating events and the atonement of a lifetime's regret.

Another Brooklyn

  • Filename: another-brooklyn.
  • ISBN: 9780062446329
  • Release Date: 2016-08-09
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Jacqueline Woodson
  • Publisher: HarperCollins

The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in twenty years. Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them. But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion. Like Louise Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood—the promise and peril of growing up—and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.

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