From Anne Lamott, the New York Times-bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow, comes the book we need from her now: How to bring hope back into our lives. "I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse, even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites on the windowsill in the kitchen," Anne Lamott admits at the beginning of Almost Everything. Despair and uncer...
|Title||:||Almost Everything: Notes on Hope|
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Almost Everything: Notes on Hope Reviews
This is a beautiful work. I surprise myself in that I have never described any work as "beautiful".
It is a deeply personal affirmation of faith. Ms. Lamott shares with us her intimate reflections and loss and love and tragedy experienced in our everyday existence. She acknowledges the sense of fear and foreboding that haunts us 24/7.
The world is going to hell in a hand basket and our fears of the horrors of global conflict, political turbulence, coupled with the uneasy sense that almost everythi ...more
Review of the Audible Audio edition.
I've been a fan of Anne Lamott's world-weary but hopeful wisdom since her writing memoir "Bird by Bird." Her annual musings have become a standard for me and there are always experiences and observations that come through as starkly true and immediately identifiable that cut right to the bone.
I'm giving it a 3 star rating only because on audio it sometimes comes across as a bit too weary and tired whereas I think on the page it would read as more inspirational ...more
Anne Lamott's books are always good for my soul. She shares her journey, and it's similar to mine in many ways. Her books are a wake-up call to me, too, to get out of the dumps and take charge of how I'm feeling. It's not easy, but I can help others or go for a walk or snuggle with my husband or dog. I can remember what is good in the world. Some of my favorite quotes from this latest book:
"I have known hell, and I have also known love. Love was bigger."
"Haters want us to hate them, because hate ...more
Anne Lamott loosely builds ALMOST EVERYTHING around a list she decides to make for her grandson and niece about everything she knows about almost everything, ideas that she thinks apply to almost everyone and that might help them someday, a list that she wishes her father had written for her. She writes humorously and lovingly about topic like serenity, food, hate, God, "famblies," and hope.
(I received pre-publication access thanks to Edelweiss.)
Anne Lamott’s books are always funny, self-deprecating, and insightful. In this little chapbook Lamott’s riffing on hope, which is one of my life’s themes, as well as love and the need to stop hating, “at least 40% of the time.” I used this book as a help when I was very recently angry and Lamott reminded me to give it time and see if my mind was better later, that I didn’t have to do or say anything immediately. That was a good reset. I most enjoy reading Lamott because I hear the voice of a fu ...more
"Stories teach us what is important about life, why we are here and how it is best to behave, and that inside us we have access to treasure, in memories and observations, in imagination."
Before Anne Lamott's 61st birthday, she decided to make a list for her grandson and niece of everything she knows that could apply to almost everyone hoping that it will one day help them in their lives.
What we get is a touching and random but poignant look at Lamott's views on everything from life, death, faith ...more
Sometimes you read a book and think "Wow, this book is just what I needed to read right now in my life."
Anne Lamott has a wonderful way of describing life as messy, complicated and hard (which it is)....but also filled with beautiful moments, hope and joy. She also has a wonderful sense of humor.
I have noticed that some reviewers comment that Anne Lamott rambles. Yes, she does ramble at times, in her own "Anne Lamott" sort of way. However, amid the rambling are pearls of wisdom. I re-read some o ...more
I started reading this in the middle of Bob Woodward's book, Fear, and I really needed it as a palate cleanser. But then as I continued through her thoughtful notes, I really did start to feel hopeful. I'm returning my library copy ASAP so others can read it, then I'm purchasing my own copy to have at home so I can return to these little hope notes as needed. Definitely worth reading! 5 stars