E Books What Now I really enjoyed this speech turned essay So many wonderful morsels of wisdom to chew on She shares a few personal anecdotes but does not make the speech about herself It is in
E-Books What Now? I really enjoyed this speech-turned-essay. So many wonderful morsels of wisdom to "chew on". She shares a few personal anecdotes, but does not make the speech about herself. It is inspiring and contemplative, encouraging her audience to look inward for happiness; and then sharing it with the world. Because it was a commencement speech that she have at her alma mater, it is almost guaranteed that it will remind you of your college/university days. Unfortunately, I don't remember anything about the commencement speech at my college graduation, so I will keep this one in mind.I see it becoming a bestseller gift around high school and college graduations in May and June of each year, alongside Dr. Seuss's "Oh, The Places You Will Go!". What Now? are Books Based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by bestselling author Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether graduating, changing careers, or transitioning from one life stage to another With wit and candor, Patchett tells her own story of attending college, graduating, and struggling with the iBased on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by bestselling author Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether graduating, changing careers, or transitioning from one life stage to another With wit and candor, Patchett tells her own story of attending college, graduating, and struggling with the inevitable question, What now From student to line cook to teacher to waitress and eventually to award winning author, Patchett s own life has taken many twists and turns that make her exploration genuine and resonant As Patchett writes, What now represents our excitement and our future, the very vitality of life She highlights the possibilities the unknown offers and reminds us that there is as much joy in the journey as there is in reaching the destination.. Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California Her mother is the novelist Jeanne Ray.She moved to Nashville, Tennessee when she was six, where she continues to live Patchett said she loves her home in Nashville with her doctor husband and dog If asked if she could go any place, that place would always be home Home is e stable window that opens out into the imagination Patchett attended high school at St Bernard Academy, a private, non parochial Catholic school for girls run by the Sisters of Mercy Following graduation, she attended Sarah Lawrence College and took fiction writing classes with Allan Gurganus, Russell Banks, and Grace Paley She later attended the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she met longtime friend Elizabeth McCracken It was also there that she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars.In 2010, when she found that her hometown of Nashville no longer had a good book store, she co founded Parnassus Books with Karen Hayes the store opened in November 2011 In 2012, Patchett was on the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world by TIME magazine.. Bestseller Books What Now? A very quick and inspiring read. Originally a commencement speech at her alma mater, Sarah Lawrence, Patchett describes how life continuously presents new "What Nows." F. Scott Fitzgerald had a similar way of dealing with life in "This Side of Paradise" by having his character "Do the next thing." Both sentiments are applicable to the new graduate and anyone on the planet... because when faced with obstacles or doldroms we all wonder "What Now?"Favorite excerpts:"Sometimes the circumstances at hand force us to be braver than we actually are, and so we knock on doors and ask for assistance. Sometimes not having any idea where we're going works out better than we could possibly have imagined.""...people need to talk, and often a willingness to sit and listen is the greatest kindness one person can offer to another.""If you're lucky, putting together your life is a process that will last through every single day you're alive.""Being successful, and certainly being happy, comes from honing your skills in working with other people.""Just because things hadn't gone the way I had planned didn't necessarily mean they had gone wrong.""The secret is finding the balance between going out to get what you want and being open to the thing that actually winds up coming your way.""There's a time in our lives when we all crave the answers. It seems terrifying not to know what's coming next. But there is another time, a better time, when we see our lives as a series of choices... "