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Ann Patchett, author of These Precious Days: Essays

“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. 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 assistant, Sooki --- with whom she would form a profound bond that held monumental consequences for them both.

The 2022 Kirkus Prize

The winners of the 2022 Kirkus Prize were announced on October 27th in a hybrid ceremony at the Austin Central Library in Austin, Texas, hosted by Kirkus Media CEO Meg LaBorde Kuehn and streamed live on YouTube.

Week of October 31, 2022

Paperback releases for the week of October 31st include THESE PRECIOUS DAYS, a deeply personal collection of essays from Ann Patchett, who talks about home, family, friendships and writing; COKIE, Steven V. Roberts' loving tribute to his wife of 53 years, legendary journalist Cokie Roberts, in which he reflects not only on her many accomplishments, but on how she lived each day with a devotion to helping others; BEWILDERMENT by Richard Powers, an Oprah's Book Club pick that poses the intriguing question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?; BURNING BOY, Paul Auster's comprehensive, landmark biography of the great American writer Stephen Crane; and the paperback original LAWS OF DEPRAVITY, the first installment in a heart-pounding crime thriller series from actor, director and producer Eriq La Salle, which follows two NYPD detectives and an FBI agent as they race to catch a serial killer before he completes his last cycle of kills and disappears forever.