"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 uncertainty surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest--when we are, as she puts it, "doomed, stunned, exhausted, and ov...
|Title||:||Almost Everything: Notes on Hope|
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Almost Everything: Notes on Hope Reviews
An Evening with Anne Lamott
October 19, 2018
St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Houston
People are fanning themselves in the church. The air isn't on, it's a packed house, and it is a warm October night in Houston. I dare to ask to sit in an open pew less than fifty feet from the pulpit.
I am surrounded by people with strong political and spiritual views, and we talk about important things while we wait.
And then she arrives. It's Anne Lamott, and she seems different than the last time I heard her s ...more
I've read Anne Lamott before so I knew her books are sometimes all over the place. This one disappointed me at times. I'm not quite sure what she wanted the reader to take from it. The chapter about teaching a writing class to young people was really random and then her chapter on weight loss? Hmmm.... The most important thing I took from it was help is the sunny side of control. I get enough of politics on TV, in my newspaper and on social media. I realize a book subtitled Notes on Hope would c ...more
I loved this. I recommend getting the audiobook version, read by Anne herself.
“The opposite of love is the bathroom scale.
Putting away the scale is important for all but a few people. If you are one of those people who weigh themselves every day for some healthy reason - other than scaring or shaming yourself, congratulating yourself, or reassuring yourself that you are a good person because you’ve kept your weight down - then weigh away. Otherwise, can you put the scale away for a week? How ab ...more
I really liked her books on raising children. I read them at a point in my life where it clicked. I also loved her book on writing, bird by bird. But the last 3 or 4 have been an irritating stream of consciousness of feel good sayings and some funny quips. They aren’t doing much for me. I think it speaks to a different kind of person. Perhaps these are voices to those in a struggle (and I was when I had babies and when I was writing), but my life thank goodness is free from addiction and daily s ...more
I guess I'm just not a big fan of Anne Lamott's warmed over AA self-help. I gave Traveling Mercies three stars a number of years ago, and I gave four stars to Bird by Bird, though I didn't write a review and don't remember what it was I liked - probably some advice on writing. This one is a letter to her grandson, picking up on the strategies of James Baldwin, or Ta Nehesi-Coates, with none of the gravitas or urgency.
At her best she's witty (some would say snarky,) insightful, and acerbic (some ...more
While still not as good as Lamott’s spiritual classics from a decade or two ago, this is a cut above her last couple of books, with quite a few memorable lines. Despite the state of the world – environmental collapse, a volatile leader taking the country ever closer to chaos, everyday family crises and the indignity of aging – she maintains hope in what divine grace and human kindness can achieve. (Borrowed from my sister.)
Some favorite lines:
“Almost every facet of my meager maturation and spiri ...more
##thanks to Goodreads Giveaway and Riverhead books for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review##
I am glad there are fans of Anne Lamott but sadly, I can't say I am one. Her book Almost Everything: Notes on Hope is a long tedious endless spooling of "everything not hopeful." She talks more about failures and inadequacies than ways we can be more hopeful. I thought it started off well enough as she begins her "letter of thoughts about everything she knows" t ...more
As with every Anne Lamott book I read, I just wanted it not to end so quickly. Poignant, insightful, encouraging, hilarious.