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Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.
Lamott's facing a lot: she's turning 50 as her mother struggles with Alzheimer's and her son acts like the teenager he is. And then there's international terrorism. So what's Plan B? Hope. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Five years after her bestselling Traveling Mercies, Lamott sends us 24 fresh dispatches from the frontier of her life and her Christian faith. To hear her tell it, neither the state of the country nor the state of her nerves has improved, to say the least. "On my forty-ninth birthday, I decided that all of life is hopeless, and I would eat myself to death. These are dessert days." Thankfully, her gift for conveying the workings of grace to left-wing, high-strung, beleaguered people like herself is still intact, as is her ability to convey the essence of Christian faith, which she finds not in dogma but in our ability to open our hearts in the midst of our confusion and hopelessness. Most of these pieces were published in other versions on Salon.com, and they cover subjects as disparate as the Bush administration; the death of Lamott's dog, her mother and a friend; life with a teenager and with her 50-year-old thighs-yet each shows how our hearts and lives can go "from parched to overflow in the blink of an eye." What is the secret? Lamott makes us laugh at the impossibility of it all; then she assures us that the most profound act we can accomplish on Earth is coming out of the isolation of our minds and giving to one another. Faith is not about how we feel, she shows; it is about how we live. "Don't worry! Don't be so anxious. In dark times, give off light. Care for the least of God's people!" Naturally, some pieces are stronger than others-her wonderful style can come across as a bit mannered, the wrapup a bit forced. But this is quibbling about a book that is better than brilliant. This is that rare kind of book that is like a having a smart, dear, crazy (in the best sense) friend walk next to us in sunlight and in the dark night of the soul. Author tour. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"To read Lamott is like finding a friend you can talk to about anything. She starts conversations inside you and helps you begin to talk with yourself in a new way." --The Charlotte Observer "A refreshing mix of both the worldly and the mundane... Lamott deserves to become a noational treasure." --More Magazine "Beyond her bold humor lies a compelling quest to recognize the spiritual challenges that surround us." --People Magazine "[A] book that is better than brilliant. This is that rare kind of book that is like having a smart, dear, crazy (in the best sense) friend walk next to us in sunlight and in the dark night of the soul." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Sturdy hope and valor are to be found in these sometimes painful, sometimes desperate, but always engaging pieces, which Lamott has crafted with equal parts honesty, candor, and wit." --Elle "Funny, acerbic reflections on faith and family... readers have long awaited Lamott's second book on spirituality, and it won't disappoint. Lamott's trademark humor and irreverence mark practically every page... readers will howl with laughter at Lamott's inability to do anything with Mom's ashes other than leave them in her closet. But there's also the real work Lamott is doing here, the slow hard, slow work of forgiveness, and things can get teary... a wonderful read Lamott's legions of fans will no doubt lap up." --Kirkus Reviews From the Hardcover edition.