The ‘Wonder’ of Ann Patchett

By Amanda Festa  

This September, the Literary Traveler Book Club will be discussing Ann Patchett’s 2011 novel, State of Wonder.  Before delving into the text, here are five things you might like to know about the book and its author, who was named one of Time  Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012.

1. Ann Patchett is BFF with Elizabeth Gilbert.

Just like some people watch TMZ and read the tabloids, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite actors canoodling in real life, I like to think that my favorite authors are doing the same.  Only instead of incognito cocktails at Ch...

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