|Ann Patchett's Personal Journey|
Award-winning writer Ann Patchett, whose novels includes Bel Canto and State of Wonder, celebrates her 50th birthday on December 2nd. Though she has never written an autobiography, Patchett traces the trajectory of her life as a writer in a new nonfiction collection, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. These personal stories range from an RV trip across the American West to her serious attempt to enter the L.A. Police Academy. The essays are selected and arranged to create a cohesive whole, resulting in a book that's an absolute pleasure to read. The title story of how Patchett found love again after an ill-fated first marriage is well worth the admission price alone, but thankfully this collection offers much more.