“The books I love the most are the ones fresh out of the gate,” says Patchett, the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville as well as the author of several novels, including Bel Canto and, most recently, Commonwealth. Since opening her bookstore in 2011, Patchett has made a name for herself as much for her vocal support of independent bookstores as for her stellar writing. Here, the author, whose new novel, The Dutch House, is out September 24 from Harper, shares the recently published books she’ll be encouraging everyone to read in the coming months.
Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss, by Margaret Renkl
I could stand on a street corner and proselytize about Margaret Renkl’s Late Migrations. Renkl, who is a regular contributor to The New York Times, writes about the birds in her backyard, her dogs, parents, in-laws, childhood, motherhood, plants—you name it. She takes the life at hand and shapes it into works of meticulous beauty and insight. What amazes me most is the book’s impeccable shape. The tiny mosaic chips come together to form an indelible whole. As much as I loved each separate essay, I was completely unprepared for the punch the book delivers in the end. Do not miss this one.