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 i...more
"Sometimes the circumstances at h ...more
This was a very powerful and moving essay that I feel like came in my life during the perfect time, considering I just graduated high school and that question seems to be suffocating me. It really offered me a new perspective and made me feel a lot more comforted. I needed this in my life, and I think that I will be re-reading it any time that nagging question pops in my head again. I'd recommen ...more
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 th ...more
I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Ann Patchett's writing in Bel Canto, and I am excited to rediscover her and plan to read several of her novels this year.
"What Now?" is a short Commencement Address that she gave at her alma mater - Sarah Lawrence.
It is full of good advice for anyone.
My favorite passages:
"And sometimes, we don't realize what we've learned until we've already known it for a very long time."
"I never stop having to learn: to pay attention to the thing ...more
What I did not like about this book is the way it is put together. Apparently Patchett's text alone, even double-spaced, would be no more than a bro ...more
Less than one hundred pages in length, What Now? can easily be read in one sitting. Using anecdotes from her own life, Patchett offers many simple truths and life lessons that will inspire anyone at a crossroads, not just newly-minted graduates.
As a recent retiree, I recall facing the What Now? quest ...more
"People need to talk, and often a willingness to sit and listen is the greatest kindness one person can offer to another."
"We are taught to be suspicious, especially of anyone who might not look like us or share our beliefs. By the t ...more
On the importance of listening:
"...people need to talk, and often a willingness to sit and listen is the greatest kindness one person can offer to another. One of the first lessons of childhood is to be w ...more
What Now? is an extended version of a commencement speech Ann Patchett gave at Sarah Lawrence. I loved it because I love commencement speeches and I love Ann Patchett. It gives a lot of reassurance for not knowing what you're going to do in life, and a lo ...more
Favorite quotations: "How much sadness could be averted ...more
I'm not usually a fan of speeches, especially graduation speeches. But I love Ann Patchett, so I was delighted to find out that she revised and expanded a commencement speech she gave at Sarah Lawrence. She discusses unbaked cookies, Hare Krishnas, ...more
I love the part where she talks about meeting new people. That was really easy to relate to, since I recently had a similar experience to her airport experience and wound up making a great new friend out of the whole thing.
I agree with everything she says wholeheartedly, and I'm really glad I read this book, I love how it was wri ...more
It doesn ...more
Like I said, it's short - I ...more
"Sometimes the circumstances at hand force us to be braver than we actually are, and so we knock on doors and ask for assistance." pg.20
"It was for me the start of a lesson that I never stop having to learn: to pay attention to the things I'll probably never need to know, to listen carefully to the people who look as if they have nothing to teach me, to see school as something that goes on everywhere, all the time, ...more
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 ...the stable window that opens out into the imagination."
Patchett attended hi ...more