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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,031 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Patchett Narrator: Ann Patchett Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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.

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  • “A wise, generous and compact primer for life that could well become a touchstone, readers will return to this book, and probably find something new each time they do; deserves to be given often and enthusiastically.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria | 2/16/2014

    " I really like this author, and I requested this book from the library not realizing it was an essay. I read it very quickly, and it was good. It was taken from her commencement address and was just a nice, uplifting read that didn't waste my time! And that is what is most important to me right now. I hate time-wasters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marley | 2/16/2014

    " Ann Patchett's commencement address to her old college. There are several inspirational quotes that are refridgerator-door-worthy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Delight | 2/15/2014

    " This was a recent graduation speech by the author of Bel Canto, one of my favorite books ever. Patchett's observations and own experiences makes for some excellent nuggets of wisdom about life, the gift of the unexpected, and making the most of where you are now. I really loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by B | 2/12/2014

    " An essay based on a commencement speech, Ann Patchett addresses that uncertain feeling many people have when they come to an end of one road such as college or high school through stories about her own life. This short, (97 pages with many illus.), book demonstrates how an enormously skilled writer can hold your attention and provide inspiration. "

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