From the Library – Iron Book Discussion Group Will Read Ann Patchett’s “These Precious Days” in November 2022

Ann Patchett has written several award-winning, but did you know she’s also an accomplished essayist?

The Iron Book Discussion Group will talk about her latest collection of essays, These Precious Days, during their meeting in November 2022:


BOOK DESCRIPTION: 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.


Copies of These Precious Days can be picked up from the Book Discussion Shelf on our first floor. The book is also available to download through Overdrive as an ebook or an audiobook.

An in-person discussion of These Precious Days will be held at the library on Tuesday, November 8, at 7:00 PM.

And an online discussion of the book will be held via Zoom on Thursday, November 10, at 3:00 PM. Participants will receive an email with the login information for Zoom after registering.

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