This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
This December, we are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay,...more
In other words, "Hey, sistah, soul sistah, soul sistah..."
This is an audiobook which Ms. Patchett (I wish she'd finally say, "Call me Ann.") narrates as a brief memoir about her current marriage, but explains that she must first tell the tale of her lineage: four generations of failed marriages. (Ironically, for me, she begins the story by saying that she was never fond of audiobooks...more
First of all, is it just me, or did it seem kind of weird and slightly unbelievable that this woman has known two people that were so ridiculously hot that they like, couldn't go out in public withou...more
I had many of the same flawed reasoning as the author, one of which was if one doesn't get married then one can't get divorced. The author described her happy marriage as a fairytale, "the German kind... with scary things in the dark forests... the kind that's unsweetened by Disney...more
That is the most profound and the best advice I really have heard in the case of relationships between men and women. In a sentence I might have given the "punch-line" of the book away but it needs to be told, repeated and passed on again and again.
This is a great true story about an author and her struggles with what I consider the last barrier of ultimate intimacy--marriage. Ultimate intimacy is what she finds in a beautiful, wounding and fateful path. You can't help b...more
Throughout the essay, Ms. Patchett is not preachy. She is one person sharing her story with others. More importa...more
Like most girls (yes girls) I was always searching for the man I would marry, yet it was only after I ceased searching and focused on growing me that I met my husband.
This story unearthed many truths about relationships and how we grow during the process. I smiled a lot during this reading because I truly truly understood and related.
Marriage is differen...more
She has and had a somewhat interesting life that she explains very well in such a short period of time. She gained wisdom in aspects of relationships and marriage from all her experiences she went through in her life.
I don't agree with everything she had said and the advice the she had given, but there are som...more
I liked how the author read the story, as it was her personal story it made sense. I also liked how honest she was with her life, the good and the bad. The lessons she learned along the way are ones that anyone could put to use in their life. I loved how she fi...more
**Audio Review: Hearing Patchett's own story from her own lips is delightful. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was during her introduction when she spoke of her own en...more
A longer review is on my blog with a short comparison between Pat...more
I remember the first time I heard the basic idea presented here as "Does he make you a better person?"...I was 18 or 19, and Anne Tyler's Accidental Tourist had the line, "Sometimes I think it's not how much you love someone, but who you are when you are with them." Of course, hearing and knowing are two different things. I love Patchett's honesty, though I think her delivery,...more
It's read by the author herself and I think that made the experience even better.
Although the title says that it's a story of a happy marriage, it is more of a story of how the author's personal experience, her family's lovelife and her own lovelife has brought her to the point of being happily married...more
This essay was really interesting in the "behind the scenes" feel of Ann's life and how she came to meet and marry her husband. As I was listening to this the beginning was a little depressing. For some reason I thought it would be a story with feel good moments and...more
It was good. It was honest and it was interesting. I found myself nodding my head at parts and thinking that I wish I would have learned those lessons earlier too. Well worth the listen (or read if it ever makes it to print) if you have th...more
Does my spouse make me a better person? Why, I guess he does. Thanks, Ann Patchett, for a reminder of one of the key components of a good marriage, and thanks for sharing one heck of a good personal story.
"We were not the product of our parents' happy marriage, we were the flotsam of their divorce."
Her biggest question...the driving force behind her essay~
"Does he make you a better person"?
For me, I can say absolutely!