Ann Patchett is well known for her fiction, such as Bel Canto, State of Wonder and Commonwealth. But before she published fiction she supported herself as a magazine writer, and her essays, collected here, are quite wonderful. They range from essays about her writing process, autobiographical glimpses and travel pieces to an impassioned defense of reading. I listened to this as an audiobook read by the author and this added an authenticity that could not be duplicated. If you love Ann Patchett, as I admit I do, this collection will add to your understanding of her work.