Recommended Reading…

During my down time last week, I read this essay by Ann Patchett, published in the January 2021 issue of Harper’s Magazine. 

Ann Patchett is a writer whose books I like. 

And she’s a business owner whose bookstore I love. 

She opened Parnassus Books on the south side of Nashville in 2011…

…because the city’s other bookstores had closed. She said she could not stand the idea of living in a city without bookstores. 

The essay is about books and writing and Tom Hanks and his assistant, Sooki Raphael. 

It’s about Nashville…

…which has suffered so much this year. 

But mostly, this essay is about survival and friendship and generosity and grace and dignity and courage…

…and how stories begin…

…how stories unfold…

…how we brace for the ending…

…and how stories keep going. 

It’s a long essay, and it takes a while to read. 

If you can find the time, please read it. It will take you on a remarkable journey. 

And then when you step off the ride, shoot me an email and let me know what you think. 

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Tom Ruwitch

Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.