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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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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. ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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. ...
  
  











  



  
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." ...
  
  











  



  
Blue Shoe

Brilliance Audio, 2004

Mattie Ryder is a marvelously funny, well-intentioned, religious, sarcastic, tender, angry, and broke recently divorced mother of two young children. Then she finds a small rubber blue shoe - the kind you might get from a gumball machine - and a few other trifles that were left years ago in her father's car. They seem to hold the secrets to her messy upbringing, and as she and her brother follow these clues to uncover the mystery of their past, ...
  
  











  



  
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, ...
  
  











  



  
Word by Word

Writer's AudioShop, 1996

Writing, like life, can be a difficult process, you just have to take it Word by Word . Provocative and witty, Lamott takes you beyond her book Bird by Bird and into her "writer's mind". She won't tell you about plot points or how to get published, because, frankly, she doesn't think they're important. Good writing, she says, slows you down, opens your heart, and arrives through your fingers, knowing what it's about. You'll learn how to keep ...
  
  











  



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

New World Library, 2004

For this book, author Diane Conway approached a police officer, a waitress, a politician, a lawyer, a cab driver, and many others, and asked them each the same question: "What would you do if you had no fear?" The results, chronicled in this book, were both surprising and enlightening. Her respondents told her their secrets, their long-hidden dreams, and their fears. Their dreams included quitting mind-numbing jobs, applying to medical school, ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
Anne Lamott

Hardcover, 1999
  
  











  



  
Crooked Little Heart: A Novel

Anchor, 2011

With the same brilliant combination of humor and warmth that marked Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird , her two bestselling works of nonfiction, Anne Lamott now 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. The Fergusons make their home in a small California town where life is supposed to resemble paradise, but for ...
  
  











  



  
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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