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Ann Patchett was born on December 2, 1963. She received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto. Her other novels include The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician's Assistant, and State of Wonder. She has also written several nonfiction works including Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, The Getaway Car, The Bookshop Strikes Back, and This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Ann's title's Commonweatlth and The Patron Saint of Liars made the New York Time bestseller list. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Bel Canto… (more)
Bel Canto 12,888 copies, 448 reviews
State of Wonder 6,111 copies, 386 reviews
The Dutch House 4,080 copies, 256 reviews
Run 3,690 copies, 182 reviews
Commonwealth 3,438 copies, 184 reviews
The Magician's Assistant 3,173 copies, 125 reviews
The Patron Saint of Liars 2,633 copies, 78 reviews
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship 2,622 copies, 97 reviews
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage 1,299 copies, 74 reviews
Taft 757 copies, 29 reviews
These Precious Days: Essays 739 copies, 53 reviews
Tom Lake 620 copies, 31 reviews
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (Editor) 539 copies, 7 reviews
What Now? 375 copies, 25 reviews
Autobiography of a Face (Afterword, some editions) 2,064 copies, 68 reviews
The Future Dictionary of America (Contributor) 622 copies, 3 reviews
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Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories (Introduction) 497 copies, 23 reviews
Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (Contributor) 252 copies, 14 reviews
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (Contributor) 221 copies, 3 reviews
Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction (Contributor) 183 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Travel Writing 2007 (Contributor) 159 copies
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Bel Canto [2018 film] (Original book) 19 copies

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Ann Patchett was born in Los Angeles in 1963 and raised in Nashville. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 1990, she won a residential fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars. It was named a New York Times Notable Book for 1992. In 1993, she received a Bunting Fellowship from the Mary Ingrahm Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College. Patchett's second novel, Taft, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994. Her third novel, The Magician's Assistant, was short-listed for England's Orange Prize and earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship.Her next novel, Bel Canto, won both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named the Book Sense Book of the Year. It sold more than a million copies in the United States and has been translated into thirty languages. In 2004, Patchett published Truth & Beauty, a memoir of her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy. It was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly. Truth & Beauty was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Alex Award from the American Library Association. She was also the editor of Best American Short Stories 2006.Patchett has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times magazine, Harper's, The Atlantic,The Washington Post, Gourmet, and Vogue. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Karl VanDevender.
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