Thursday, February 27, 2014 Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Smitten Kitchen/Deb is binge-reading on vacation.
J’approve.

The Smitten Kitchen/Deb is binge-reading on vacation.

J’approve.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

proofreadingbooks:

The literature: Ann Patchett’s STATE OF WONDER

The libation: Most of us won’t get to visit the Amazon in our lifetime on fully-funded pharmaceutical research trips, let alone for vacation. The best we can do for you in the interim is an evening in with Ann Patchett’s lush, sensual novel, which does an almost uncomfortably good job of communicating the humidity, claustrophobia, horror, and vibrant beauty of the Amazonian rain forest.

If you need to take a break (we understand, no judgment), try a different kind of intensity. The Wasp Sting shot is made with equal parts pepper vodka and Tingala, a liqueur made from the tingflower native to the Amazon basin which imparts a particularly invigorating prickling sensation. Knock one back or sip for a slower burn.

Photo © Tingala

No I am not drunk, I am in a state of wonder. Gosh.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
lastnightsreading:

Ann Patchett at the New York Public Library, 12/10/13

Went to this last night, left a better person.

lastnightsreading:

Ann Patchett at the New York Public Library, 12/10/13

Went to this last night, left a better person.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder is $2.99 on Kindle today only (the Daily Deal) PLUS it includes an essay from This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Whaaaaaaat.

Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder is $2.99 on Kindle today only (the Daily Deal) PLUS it includes an essay from This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Whaaaaaaat.

Friday, November 22, 2013

harpercollins:

Ann Patchett on Bel Canto, her late editor Robert Jones, and what writers really want. Watch the full video.

This morning I had to ask Ann if she was OK being gif-ed. She said yes.

Friday, October 11, 2013
Want to win an ARE of my favorite book on our Winter 2014 list? Swing on over to Goodreads to enter our giveaway!
P.S. Ann Patchett seems to like it too: 

“In The Free, Willy Vlautin gives us a portrait of American life that is so hard and so heartbreaking that it should be unbearable, but it isn’t. The straightforward beauty of Vlautin’s writing, and the tender care he shows his characters, turns a story of struggle into indispensable reading. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”

Want to win an ARE of my favorite book on our Winter 2014 list? Swing on over to Goodreads to enter our giveaway!

P.S. Ann Patchett seems to like it too: 

“In The Free, Willy Vlautin gives us a portrait of American life that is so hard and so heartbreaking that it should be unbearable, but it isn’t. The straightforward beauty of Vlautin’s writing, and the tender care he shows his characters, turns a story of struggle into indispensable reading. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”

Saturday, October 5, 2013
aseaofquotes:

Ann Patchett, State of Wonder

aseaofquotes:

Ann Patchett, State of Wonder

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ann Patchett Recommends: Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing

bookboundlaurel:

Lydia Peelle’s short story collection is small; it slipped past me unnoticed in 2009. It’s small, but now I see its might. The best service to this book is to share a perfect paragraph from the opening story:

"At night, when he is sure his father is sleeping, he sticks the phonograph needle in a rubber eraser and holds the eraser in his front teeth. Carefully, with his nose inches from the record, he sets the needle down. With a hiss and crackle, the music reverberates through the hollows of his mouth and throat without making a sound in the room. Ignoring the cramp in his neck, this is how he listens to his favorite records night after night. Wild with thoughts of Eula with her hair like oil. Her snake charming eyes. Her long, fine hands. How she teases him. He dreams he finds pieces of his heart in the boot scraper at her door."

Of Peelle’s stories, Ann Patchett wrote “[they are] so artfully constructed and deeply imagined they read like classics.” I couldn’t agree more. 

Lydia Peelle’s stories are bitter tea cut with honey. They are embers glowing at the end of an evening. They are humid summer days giving way to star-filled nights. I’ll return to these stories and wish I were finding them for the first time. They are the perfect send-off to my summer series. Ann Patchett recommends Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, and so do I.

So proud to publish both of these writers, to share their beauty and genius with the world.

Sunday, September 15, 2013
astoriabookshop:

Changing things up in the fully functional typewriter on our front table.

Never be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.
-Ann Patchett, State of Wonder


Perfect.

astoriabookshop:

Changing things up in the fully functional typewriter on our front table.

Never be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.

-Ann Patchett, State of Wonder

Perfect.