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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Anne Lamott

Anchor, 1995

"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around ...
  
  











  



  
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
Anne Lamott

Anchor, 2000

Anne Lamott claims the two best prayers she knows are: "Help me, help me, help me" and "Thank you, thank you, thank you." She has a friend whose morning prayer each day is "Whatever," and whose evening prayer is "Oh, well." Anne thinks of Jesus as "Casper the friendly savior" and describes God as "one crafty mother." Despite--or because of--her irreverence, faith is a natural subject for Anne Lamott. Since Operating Instructions and Bird by ...
  
  











  



  
Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
Anne Lamott

Riverhead Trade, 2006

With the trademark wisdom, humor, and honesty that made Anne Lamott's book on faith, Traveling Mercies , a runaway bestseller, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith is a spiritual antidote to anxiety and despair in increasingly fraught times. The world is a more dangerous place than it was when Lamott's Traveling Mercies was published five years ago. Terrorism and war have become the new normal; environmental devastation looms even closer. ...
  
  











  



  
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
Anne Lamott

Riverhead Hardcover, 2014

From the bestselling author of Stitches and Help, Thanks, Wow comes her long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace. Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. It’s an approach that has become her trademark. Now in Small Victories , Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories ...
  
  











  



  
Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son
Anne Lamott, Sam Lamott

Riverhead Trade, 2013

“If there is a doyenne of the parenting memoir, it would be Anne Lamott.”— Time In Some Assembly Required , Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter in her own life: grandmotherhood. Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at nineteen, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax’s life. In careful and often hilarious detail, Lamott and Sam—about whom she first wrote so movingly ...
  
  











  



  
Hard Laughter: A Novel
Anne Lamott

North Point Press, 1979

Anne Lamott's poignant first novel, reissued in an attractive new edition. Writer (and sometime housecleaner) Jennifer is twenty-three when her beloved father, Wallace, is diagnosed with a brain tumor. This catastrophic discovery sets off Anne Lamott's unexpectedly sweet and funny first novel, which is made dramatic not so much by Wallace's illness as by the emotional wake it sweeps under Jen and her brothers, self-contained Ben and feckless, ...
  
  











  



  
Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair
Anne Lamott

Riverhead Hardcover, 2013

“Lamott’s …most insightful book yet,  Stitches  offers plenty of her characteristic witty wisdom…this slim, readable volume [is] a lens on life, widening and narrowing, encouraging each reader to reflect on what it is, after all, that really matters.”— People What do we do when life lurches out of balance? How can we reconnect to one other and to what’s sustaining, when evil and catastrophe seem inescapable? These ...
  
  











  



  
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
Anne Lamott

Riverhead Trade, 2008

"Lamott has chronicled her wacky and (sometimes) wild adventures in faith in...the wonderful Grace (Eventually) ." ( Chicago Sun-Times ) In Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith , the author of the bestsellers Traveling Mercies and Plan B delivers a poignant, funny, and bittersweet primer of faith, as we come to discover what it means to be fully alive.
  
  











  



  
Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
Anne Lamott

Riverhead Hardcover, 2012

New York Times -bestselling author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life. Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow , she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals. ...
  
  











  



  
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
Anne Lamott

Anchor, 2005

It’s not like she’s the only woman to ever have a baby. At thirty-five. On her own. But Anne Lamott makes it all fresh in her now-classic account of how she and her son and numerous friends and neighbors and some strangers survived and thrived in that all important first year. From finding out that her baby is a boy (and getting used to the idea) to finding out that her best friend and greatest supporter Pam will die of cancer (and not ...
  
  











  



  
Rosie
Anne Lamott

Penguin Books, 1997

In Anne Lamott’s wise and witty novel, the growing pains of motherhood are portrayed with rare humor and honesty. If Elizabeth Ferguson had her way, she’d spend her days savoring good books, cooking great meals, and waiting for the love of her life to walk in the door. But it’s not a man she’s waiting for, it’s her daughter, Rosie—her wild-haired, smart-mouthed, and wise-beyond-her-years alter ego. With Rosie around, the days ...
  
  











  



  
When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair: 50 Ways to Feel Thin, Gorgeous, and Happy (When You Feel ...
Geneen Roth

Hyperion, 1999

Geneen Roth's pioneering books were among the first to link overeating and compulsive dieting with deeply personal issues that go far beyond weight and body image. Now, in this fun, practical book, she helps readers radically shift their relationships with food and find more life-affirming ways to care for themselves. With an exhilarating combination of intelligence and wicked good humor, she offers bite-sized pieces of invaluable wisdom.
  
  











  



  
Imperfect Birds: A Novel
Anne Lamott

Riverhead Trade, 2011

A powerful and redemptive novel of love and family-from the beloved bestselling author. Seventeen-year-old Rosie Ferguson is smart, athletic, and beautiful- everything her mother, Elizabeth, and stepfather, James, hoped she would be. But as the school year draws to a close, there are disturbing signs that the well-adjusted teenage life that Rosie claims to be leading is a sham. Slowly and painfully, Elizabeth and James are forced to confront ...
  
  











  



  
Blue Shoe
Anne Lamott

Riverhead Trade, 2003

The New York Times Bestseller from the beloved author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies . Mattie Ryder is marvelously neurotic, well-intentioned, funny, religious, sarcastic, tender, angry, and broke. Her life at the moment is a wreck: her marriage has failed, her mother is failing, her house is rotting, her waist is expanding, her children are misbehaving, and she has a crush on a married man. Then she finds a small rubber blue ...
  
  











  



  
What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin' in Your Boots
Diane Conway

New World Library, 2004

Author Diane Conway has a gift: she disarms people with a combination of raw emotional honesty and outrageous, heartfelt humor. Using this gift, asking, "What would you do if you had no fear?" Conway approaches the police officer, the waitress, the politician, the lawyer, the cab driver. They tell her their secrets, their long-hidden dreams and fears. Chronicled in her book, these people's stories are inspiring, surprising, crazy, and sometimes ...
  
  











  



  
Joe Jones: A Novel
Anne Lamott

Shoemaker & Hoard, 2003

"If love is details, so is storytelling, and Anne Lamott excels at it. Her way with analogy, metaphor, and evocative detail is subtle; her ability to shift from the specific to the general to the specific again, superb."—The Nation Joe Jones is Anne Lamott’s raucous novel of lives gathered around Jessie’s Café, "a restaurant from another era, the sort of broken-down waterfront dive one might expect to find in Steinbeck or Saroyan." ...
  
  











  



  
All New People
Anne Lamott

Counterpoint, 1999

With generosity, humor, and pathos, Anne Lamott takes on the barrage of dislocating changes that shook the Sixties. Leading us through the wake of these changes is Nanny Goodman, one small girl living in Marin County, California.. With generosity, humor, and pathos, Anne Lamott takes on the barrage of dislocating changes that shook the Sixties. Leading us through the wake of these changes is Nanny Goodman, one small girl living in Marin ...
  
  











  



  
The Church of 80% Sincerity
David Roche

David Roche, 2012

The Church of 80% Sincerity shares the inspiring, poignant, wickedly funny, and sometimes heartbreaking story of motivational speaker David Roche's journey from shame to self-acceptance. Born with a severe facial deformity, David has had a life that's been anything but easy. Still, over time he's learned to accept his gifts as well as his flaws, and to see that, sometimes, they are one and the same. In this compelling book, he shares his ...
  
  











  



  
Crooked Little Heart: A Novel
Anne Lamott

Anchor, 1998

With the same winning combination of humor and honesty that marked her recent nonfiction bestsellers, Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott's new novel gives us an exuberant, richly absorbing portrait of a family for whom the joys and sorrows of everyday life are magnified under the glare of the unexpected. Rosie Ferguson, in the first bloom of young womanhood, is obsessed with tournament tennis. Her mother is a recovering ...
  
  











  



  
The Hope and Renewal Collection
Anne Lamott

Riverhead Hardcover, 2014

In this special boxed set, bestselling author Anne Lamott chronicles our human search to understand faith, hope, and prayer. In her  New York Times  bestselling  Help, Thanks, Wow , Lamott identifies the three simple prayers that help us get through tough times, overcome everyday struggles, and face the hard work of everyday life. In  Stitches , she explores what we can do when life lurches out of balance and we struggle to find ways to ...
  
  











  








   



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