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These Precious Days

By Ann Patchett
  • ISBN Code: : 0063092808
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays. "The elegance of Patchett’s prose is seductive and inviting: with Patchett as a guide, readers will really get to grips with the power of struggles, failures, and triumphs alike." —Publisher's Weekly “Any story that starts will also end.” As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this truth in these wise essays that afford a fresh and intimate look into her mind and heart. At the center of These Precious Days is the title essay, a surprising and moving meditation on an unexpected friendship that explores “what it means to be seen, to find someone with whom you can be your best and most complete self.” When Patchett chose an early galley of actor and producer Tom Hanks’ short story collection to read one night before bed, she had no idea that this single choice would be life changing. It would introduce her to a remarkable woman—Tom’s brilliant assistant Sooki—with whom she would form a profound bond that held monumental consequences for them both. A literary alchemist, Patchett plumbs the depths of her experiences to create gold: engaging and moving pieces that are both self-portrait and landscape, each vibrant with emotion and rich in insight. Turning her writer’s eye on her own experiences, she transforms the private into the universal, providing us all a way to look at our own worlds anew, and reminds how fleeting and enigmatic life can be. From the enchantments of Kate DiCamillo’s children’s books (author of The Beatryce Prophecy) to youthful memories of Paris; the cherished life gifts given by her three fathers to the unexpected influence of Charles Schultz’s Snoopy; the expansive vision of Eudora Welty to the importance of knitting, Patchett connects life and art as she illuminates what matters most. Infused with the author’s grace, wit, and warmth, the pieces in These Precious Days resonate deep in the soul, leaving an indelible mark—and demonstrate why Ann Patchett is one of the most celebrated writers of our time.

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  • Members : 267
  • Pdf File: the-joy-of-small-things.pdf

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'This book is a not-so-small joy in itself.' NIGELLA LAWSON 'Parkinson has the gift of making you look with new eyes at everyday things. The perfect daily diversion.' JOJO MOYES 'Always funny and frank and full of insight, I absolutely love Parkinson's writing.' DAVID NICHOLLS 'I loved this book . . . Parkinson's writing transports you to unexpected places of joy and comfort . . . these pages contain happiness.' MARINA HYDE 'The twenty-first century feels a lot more bearable in Parkinson's company.' CHARLOTTE MENDELSON Drawn from the successful Guardian column, these everyday exultations and inspirations will get you through dismal days. Hannah Jane Parkinson is a specialist in savouring the small pleasures of life. She revels in her fluffy dressing gown ('like bathing in marshmallow'), finds calm in solo cinema trips, is charmed by the personalities of fonts ('you'll never see Comic Sans on a funeral notice'), celebrates pockets and gleefully abandons a book she isn't enjoying. Parkinson's everyday exaltations - selected from her immensely successful Guardian column - will utterly delight. FEATURES BRAND NEW MATERIAL 'A compendium of delights.' OBSERVER 'Delightful . . . a love letter to those little moments of bliss that get us through the daily grind.' RED

Danielle Collins' Face Yoga

By Danielle Collins
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Watkins Media Limited
  • Book Code : 1786782669
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 624
  • Pdf File: danielle-collins-face-yoga.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Have you ever thought why every workout you have ever done stopped at the neck? Or wondered why traditional yoga calms the mind, tones the body but forgets the face? Are you looking for a natural way to look and feel younger and healthier? Danielle Collins, TV's Face Yoga Expert, believes we should all have the opportunity to look and feel the very best we can for our age and to care for our face, body and mind using natural and holistic techniques. Her method requires just 5 minutes a day and could not be easier to get started. Integrating practical facial exercises with inspirational lifestyle tips, including diet and skincare, Danielle Collins' Face Yoga is a revolutionary new programme to help you achieve healthier, firmer, glowing skin..

A Life in Stitches

By Rachael Herron
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  • Publisher : HGA Publishing
  • Book Code : 1940785626
  • Total of Pages : 216
  • Category : Crafts & Hobbies
  • Members : 925
  • Pdf File: a-life-in-stitches.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A hilarious, heartfelt romp that will bring you home to yourself. You don’t have to be a knitter to fall in love with this book—any person who’s ever made anything with their hands will dive joyfully into these pages and come back up renewed and ready to create. Tenth Anniversary Edition - This beloved bestseller is newly updated with fresh stories and extra devotion to the happiness found in everyday tools. Internationally bestselling author Rachael Herron shows that when life unravels, there’s usually a way to knit it back together again, and if there’s not, there’s still hope to be found in the simple tools of the craft. Honest, funny, and full of warmth, Herron’s tales, each inspired by something she knitted, will speak to anyone who’s ever loved (or lost). From her very first sweater (a hilarious disaster) to the yellow afghan that caused a breakup (and, ultimately, a breakthrough), every chapter has a moving story behind it. This beautifully candid collection about crafting the art of happiness through joy and grief is perfect for fans of Elizabeth Gilbert and Glennon Doyle. Click BUY now! Rachael Herron is the author of more than two dozen books, including thriller (under R.H. Herron), mainstream fiction, feminist romance, memoir, and nonfiction about writing. She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, Oakland, and she teaches writing extension workshops at both UC Berkeley and Stanford. She is a proud member of the NaNoWriMo Writer’s Board. An AmeriKiwi, she’s currently living in New Zealand.

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel

By Jane Smiley
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Book Code : 0307480984
  • Total of Pages : 608
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 988
  • Pdf File: 13-ways-of-looking-at-the-novel.pdf

Book Short Summary:

An essential guide for writers and readers alike, here is Smiley’s great celebration of the novel. As she embarks on an exhilarating tour through one hundred titles—from classics such as the thousand-year-old Tale of Genji to recent fiction by Zadie Smith and Alice Munro—she explores the power of the form, looking at its history and variety, its cultural impact, and just how it works its magic. She invites us behind the scenes of novel-writing, sharing her own habits and spilling the secrets of her craft, and offering priceless advice to aspiring authors. Every page infects us anew with the passion for reading that is the governing spirit of this gift to book lovers everywhere.

Dogs As I See Them

By Lucy Dawson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062412892
  • Total of Pages : 96
  • Category : Art
  • Members : 521
  • Pdf File: dogs-as-i-see-them.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A BELOVED CLASSIC FOR DOG LOVERS OF ALL AGES With a new foreword by Ann Patchett In the 1930s, Lucy Dawson’s friendly, sympathetic portraits of dogs were so popular with readers of American and British magazines that she agreed to gather them together in a book, Dogs As I See Them. Now available once again after being out of print for decades, and a complete replication the original 1936 edition, Dogs As I See Them includes all of Dawson’s irresistible graphite and pastel drawings and handwritten notes. Along with her illustrations are her own amusing stories about the conduct of each of her subjects as they posed for her. Her charming reminiscences interpret the character and mood of each dog, and make us friends at once with each and every one in this gallery of endearing portraits. Dogs As I See Them is a remarkable collection dog lovers of all generations will take to their hearts.

The Souvenir Museum

By Elizabeth McCracken
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062971263
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 743
  • Pdf File: the-souvenir-museum.pdf

Book Short Summary:

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AND THE STORY PRIZE Award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken is an undisputed virtuoso of the short story, and this new collection features her most vibrant and heartrending work to date In these stories, the mysterious bonds of family are tested, transformed, fractured, and fortified. A recent widower and his adult son ferry to a craggy Scottish island in search of puffins. An actress who plays a children’s game-show villainess ushers in the New Year with her deadbeat half brother. A mother, pining for her children, feasts on loaves of challah to fill the void. A new couple navigates a tightrope walk toward love. And on a trip to a Texas water park with their son, two fathers each confront a personal fear. With sentences that crackle and spark and showcase her trademark wit, McCracken traces how our closely held desires—for intimacy, atonement, comfort—bloom and wither against the indifferent passing of time. Her characters embark on journeys that leave them indelibly changed—and so do her readers. The Souvenir Museum showcases the talents of one of our finest contemporary writers as she tenderly takes the pulse of our collective and individual lives.

Summary of Ann Patchett's These Precious Days

By Milkyway Media
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  • Publisher : Milkyway Media
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 501
  • Pdf File: summary-of-ann-patchett-s-these-precious-days.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Book Preview: #1 I have married twice, and my sister three times. None of us set out for this. We meant to stick our landing on the first try, but we stumbled. My parents divorced when I was five, and my mother married Darrell when I was twentyseven. #2 The Three Fathers died in the order in which my mother had married them, and they died in the inverse order of their health. My father went first, even though he had made a religion of the elliptical trainer, the treadmill, and the NordicTrack. He spent four slow years dying of a neurological disease called progressive supranuclear palsy. #3 My father had grown up the third of seven children. He was born in 1931, the first of the Patchetts to have been born in America. His parents left England to find work in California, and after a long stretch of nothing, his father landed a job as a machinist at Columbia Pictures. #4 My father, as a writer, believed that childhood development rested on the ability to play volleyball. He wanted me to be athletic, join clubs, and start clubs. But I believed I would be a writer, and he didn’t understand that.

Summary of Ann Patchett's These Precious Days

By Everest Media
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  • Publisher : Everest Media LLC
  • Book Code : 1669357244
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 685
  • Pdf File: summary-of-ann-patchett-s-these-precious-days.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I have married twice, and my sister three times. None of us set out for this. We meant to stick our landing on the first try, but we stumbled. My parents divorced when I was five, and my mother married Darrell when I was twenty-seven. #2 The Three Fathers died in the order in which my mother had married them, and they died in the inverse order of their health. My father went first, even though he had made a religion of the elliptical trainer, the treadmill, and the NordicTrack. He spent four slow years dying of a neurological disease called progressive supranuclear palsy. #3 My father had grown up the third of seven children. He was born in 1931, the first of the Patchetts to have been born in America. His parents left England to find work in California, and after a long stretch of nothing, his father landed a job as a machinist at Columbia Pictures. #4 My father, as a writer, believed that childhood development rested on the ability to play volleyball. He wanted me to be athletic, join clubs, and start clubs. But I believed I would be a writer, and he didn’t understand that.

Precious Days & Practical Love

By James Taylor
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Wood Lake Publishing Inc.
  • Book Code : 9781896836348
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 669
  • Pdf File: precious-days-practical-love.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Caring for an aging parent involves more than finding a care facility or dealing with legal and financial matters. It means feeling the frustration of always being "on call" if you live close by, or feeling helpless and guilty because you live far away and can do relatively little. It means riding the emotional roller coaster of having your roles reversed. It's about the pain of being unable to change the inevitable, but of having an inner compulsion to do what you can to make those final weeks or years as gentle as possible. It's about continuing to love, in spite of everything, until the very end...and beyond. Precious Days & Practical Love will help children of aging parents make the final months or years among the best experiences they'll have to remember. and it will help counsellors understand the joys and challenges families may face.

Greek Tragedies

By Charles Mee
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : New Word City
  • Book Code : 1640191259
  • Total of Pages : 625
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 863
  • Pdf File: greek-tragedies.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"Five Stars." - TimeOut.com Here are six enthusiastically received plays by Charles Mee inspired by Greek tragedies: Iphigenia 2.0, Trojan Women, Orestes 2.0, Agamemnon 2.0, Night and Day, and The Bacchae 2.1. "How fresh can a play based on a 2,400-year-old story possibly be? . . . Iphigenia 2.0 proves to be more timely than any drama in the city today." - nj.com "Playwright Charles Mee is a master at mining ancient myths for the truths that transcend memory-torturing details and reimagining those truths for contemporary theatergoers." - Hyperallergic.com

Believers on a Balance Beam

By Frank Annese
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1664175849
  • Total of Pages : 72
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 777
  • Pdf File: believers-on-a-balance-beam.pdf

Book Short Summary:

It is a life that is second-to-none, with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Yet, there are also trials, difficulties, decisions and obstacles which believers face on an almost daily basis. Believers on a Balance Beam between Here and Heaven, is an honest, Biblically based comprehensive look at the Christian life and experiences. Believers in Christ know that this life on earth is just a dress rehearsal for the wedding which will take place when they see Jesus Christ, the One they’ve waited their whole Christian life to see. In the author’s own style, he takes a sincere look at God’s word, and writes about the eternal importance of believers living for their final exam and evaluation at the judgment seat of Christ. It is the author’s prayer that believers’ who read this book would realize in a powerful way the significance of who they are in-Christ, and would want others to have that same experience of the assurance of life forever in heaven.

"Almost There" Walking through the Valley

By Jack Weitzel
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
  • Book Code : 164191906X
  • Total of Pages : 370
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 436
  • Pdf File: almost-there-walking-through-the-valley.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Just a few moments before his death, my father looked straight ahead and with a calm voice said to me, 'Almost there!' It has been 20 years since his homeward journey and I have been haunted by those words. What was he seeing that we couldn't see? In my career as a surgeon and a witness for Christ, I have observed many deaths when the last moments were calm and unafraid. Four years as a hospice volunteer brought me even more intimate with those last moments. I think that the valley David wrote of could also represent moments of extreme circumstances in our lives when we are in the Shadow of death: an automobile accident with severe injuries, the sudden loss of a child or spouse, the loss of a career, a consuming fire, a devastating flood, the birth of a stillborn. Do you have the Good Shepherd to guide you through these times? We only have this moment, this breath. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Do you have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding? Are you ready to walk through the valleys of your life? Come with me as I walk through the valley of the hospice and witness the grace and comfort that only God can provide for us. Journey with me and meet my Lord. There will be stops along the way as we see how the world deals with the valley. I pray that this book might be a life changing experience for you as we journey to 'Almost there.'

Dr. J'S Year

By Jerry Hammet,Jerry Hammet & Harold Guerry
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 9781465343208
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 335
  • Pdf File: dr-j-s-year.pdf

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