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A sampling of today’s new releases.

Zisko is really excited about the Valerie Martin. So much so she tried to steal it before I could photograph it.

Valerie Martin’s work is always spectacular. Everyone should buy her new book (and all of her books). In the interest of full disclosure, she was my creative writing professor, but I don’t think it counts as bias if it’s also the truth.

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I’m not sick, I’m not sick, I’M NOT SICK.
I’m sick. But this is how I’m going to fix it. Spicy black bean soup with kale, topped with an enormous dollop of homemade guacamole. I will eat this, read The Most of Nora Ephron, and be well again.

I’m not sick, I’m not sick, I’M NOT SICK.

I’m sick. But this is how I’m going to fix it. Spicy black bean soup with kale, topped with an enormous dollop of homemade guacamole. I will eat this, read The Most of Nora Ephron, and be well again.

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Review: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

You don’t need me to tell you that Ann Patchett has published a new book. If you’re here, then you probably already know that. Pick it up tomorrow at your local indie, or order it from Patchett’s Parnassus Books (I bet she’ll sign it for you).

I hesitate to say that this collection of essays, brought together largely from Patchett’s days as a contributor to publications such as Vogue and Gourmet, offers something for everyone. But in my opinion, that’s exactly the state of things. Whether you’ve devoted many years to the pursuit of a single dream, whether you’re a child of divorce, if you’ve ever loved a dog and lost her—this book is for you. 

This is the story of a happy marriage, but as Patchett will be the first to tell you, it is rooted in divorce. Her parents, her grandparents, her sister, herself. How could a person with so much matrimonial upset make a new marriage work? Patchett shares the whole story, with just as much warmth and grace and generosity as we’ve come to expect from her novels.

As a fiction writer, Patchett says, you lie for a living. You tell stories about people you’ve never met, in places you’ve never been. As an essayist, you tell the truth. As far as I’m concerned, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage is the truth according to Ann Patchett and I want to read all of it, for better or for worse.

For better.

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This weekend my diet consisted primarily of autumnally-colored M&Ms, dry roasted peanuts, and candy corn. After the steady consumption of artificial sweeteners and salt, I feel like a rockstar.
No, actually, I’m comforting myself with a bowl of chili and googling how one might procure a Vitamix on the cheap. I need a green smoothie, stat.

This weekend my diet consisted primarily of autumnally-colored M&Ms, dry roasted peanuts, and candy corn. After the steady consumption of artificial sweeteners and salt, I feel like a rockstar.

No, actually, I’m comforting myself with a bowl of chili and googling how one might procure a Vitamix on the cheap. I need a green smoothie, stat.

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