Patricia Hampl



Patricia Hampl’s most recent book is The Florist’s Daughter, winner of numerous “best” and “year end” awards, including the New York Times “100 Notable Books of the Year” and the 2008 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction. Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime, published in 2006 and now in paperback, was also one of the Times Notable Books; a portion was chosen for The Best Spiritual Writing 2005.

Patricia Hampl first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her memoir about her Czech heritage, awarded a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. This book and subsequent works have established her as an influential figure in the rise of autobiographical writing in the past 25 years.

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The Florist's Daughter

3.44 avg rating — 921 ratings — published 2007 — 9 editions
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The Art of the Wasted Day

3.35 avg rating — 657 ratings — published 2018 — 7 editions
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I Could Tell You Stories: S...

3.94 avg rating — 372 ratings — published 1999 — 2 editions
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A Romantic Education

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Blue Arabesque: A Search fo...

3.60 avg rating — 244 ratings — published 2006 — 8 editions
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Virgin Time: In Search of t...

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Spillville: A Collaboration

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Tell Me True: Memoir, Histo...

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Ploughshares Fall 2012 (Vol...

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Burning Bright: An Anthology

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“I don't write about what I know: I write in order to find out what I know.”
Patricia Hampl

“You can’t put much on paper before you betray your secret self, try as you will to keep things civil.”
Patricia Hampl, I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory

“I waste my life. I want to. It's the thing to do with a life. We were wrong about work--it isn't the best thing, no matter how much you love it. Wasting time is better.”
Patricia Hampl, The Florist's Daughter

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