Good Times in Three Days

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I overheard a friend recently say that every woman is afraid every day…. “Your characters are so stupid,” the woman said…. Two weeks in Paris, Philip and I. 

And These Are the Good Times, Patricia Ann McNair

In just three days, I will be celebrating the launch of my second book, And These Are the Good Timeswith friends and family and with the wonderful folks from Side Street Press, my publisher. In honor and anticipation of this life event, I am sharing the first sentence of three essays that hold the third place in each of the three sections of the collection.

Thanks for reading! – PMc

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Good Times in Four Days

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“unselfconsciously sexy” & “arrestingly good” & “superbly well-crafted essays” & “prose is luminous”

And These Are the Good Times, Patricia Ann McNair

In just four days, I will be celebrating the launch of my second book, And These Are the Good Timeswith friends and family and with the wonderful folks from Side Street Press, my publisher. In honor and anticipation of this life event, I am sharing four things reviewers have said about the collection. And by the way…today is the official book birthday!

Thanks for reading! – PMc

Good Times in Five Days

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I regret that when we were children on a plane flying with our family from Spain to Portugal, while he slept I took the postcard Roger had written to our grandparents from the seat pocket in front of him and erased what he had written. ~ From “Roger the Dodger”

And These Are the Good Times, Patricia Ann McNair

In just five days, I will be celebrating the launch of my second book, And These Are the Good Timeswith friends and family and with the wonderful folks from Side Street Press, my publisher. In honor and anticipation of this life event, I am sharing a little teaser: after opening the collection to five different, random pages, I came to the line above.

Thanks for reading! – PMc

Good Times in Six Days

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Photo by Philip Hartigan

This place that is settled somewhere between what is real and what is imagined is where I come to do my work; this is where I live my storied life. ~ From “A Storied Life”

And These Are the Good Times, Patricia Ann McNair

In just six days, I will be celebrating the launch of my second book, And These Are the Good Timeswith friends and family and with the wonderful folks from Side Street Press, my publisher. In honor and anticipation of this life event, I am sharing a little teaser: the last line of the sixth essay.

Thanks for reading! – PMc

Good Times in Seven Days

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Loneliness, my friends, is a scary thing. But here’s what I know now: it can be a good thing, too, being alone in the woods in a two-room cabin with snow outside and black squirrels like ink blots on white, and you’re so far away from the noise of the city where planes can crash into towers and mothers can die—will die—in your arms, but not yet, not yet. ~ From “Return Trip”

And These Are the Good Times, Patricia Ann McNair

In just seven days, I will be celebrating the launch of my second book, And These Are the Good Timeswith friends and family and with the wonderful folks from Side Street Press, my publisher. In honor and anticipation of this life event, I am sharing a little teaser: a reflection on “loneliness,” the seventh thing I riff on as mentioned in the subtitle of the collection.

Thanks for reading! – PMc

Good Times in Eight Days

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“We Are All Just Stupid People”

And These Are the Good Times, Patricia Ann McNair

In just eight days, I will be celebrating the launch of my second book, And These Are the Good Timeswith friends and family and with the wonderful folks from Side Street Press, my publisher. In honor and anticipation of this life event, I am sharing a little teaser: the title of the eighth essay.

Thanks for reading! – PMc

Good Times in Nine Days

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source: BBC One

No one talks all that much in public, in that polite-society way we North Americans, we midwesterners especially, do. ~ From “Your Comfortable Shopping”

And These Are the Good Times, Patricia Ann McNair

In just nine days, I will be celebrating the launch of my second book, And These Are the Good Timeswith friends and family and with the wonderful folks from Side Street Press, my publisher. In honor and anticipation of this life event, I am sharing a little teaser from the ninth essay and its ninth sentence.

Thanks for reading! – PMc