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Then, when Lamott suggests that she'll finally be able to forgive W.when they're sitting side by si I read this book on a binge.Started it and couldn't put it down, the reading equivalent of a bag of chocolate chip cookies in front of the T. I've read her other books and still think Bird by Bird is the best book on writing I've ever read, but this one kinda snuck up on me.At first, I thought it was just going to be some funny bits, some thoughts on spirituality, and some ranting about Bush.Maybe Lamott should have let some time pass before publishing her anti-Bush rants. Ex: "One reason I think we get so angry with our children is that we can. Can you imagine saying to your partner, "You get off the phone now! Our surface and persona are so calm that when a problem beings, we sound in control when we say, "Now honey, stop that," or "That's enough." But it's only an illusion. She says things she doesn’t mean (and says mean things she does mean). Yet she still manages to practice a very real grace to those around her. She is self-depricatin Anne Lamott is sort of off her rocker. Whereas so many Christian writers seem pulled together, even in the worst of times, Lamott is not. This is the second book I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.In fact, all day we've been nursing anger toward the boss or boyfriend or mother, yet since we can't get mad at nonkid people, we stuff it down. Since I believe in God, I love reading books by other believers who aren't ashamed of their faith.I have done this so often and then just shrug, well, "at least I'll clean my glasses too." Anne laments (sorry for the weakened watered down pun, just coming from the shower) that this is why people should have children while they are young, so that at least some of the time there is one sane person in the house. She wants me to see each and every change she thinks her still-childlike body is making; which is way more information than I need or want at this juncture, and I would have taken 2 million dollars rather than show my changing body to my mother, of all the people on the planet. She has to take a walk with me along the rugged beach she loves and describes so well.
I am going through her Thoughts on Faith" series backwards, since first I read "Grace Eventually" which was the most recent.It is further evidence that, as The New Yorker has written, "Anne Lamott is a cause for celebration." On re-reading this, I am finding much more to like.She's definitely the kind of girl who wouldn't go to the bathroom with a toothpick at a barbecue, and I like that..oh fucks, the shitty days, the raw admittance of real struggles, past and present.Like teeth grinding while quitting cocaine and bad boyfriends all the way to grief over losing a pet but also wanting to gather a small pile of stones just in case you need to resort to the Old Testament stoning method for a moody, rebellious t On re-reading this, I am finding much more to like.Like teeth grinding while quitting cocaine and bad boyfriends all the way to grief over losing a pet but also wanting to gather a small pile of stones just in case you need to resort to the Old Testament stoning method for a moody, rebellious teenager. There would be firestarting, fireworks, loud arguments. In fact, on my trip to northern California next weekend to the Mt. I am bugging out on Sunday to drive a rental car to Marin County to attend her church and just MAKE her be my friend and read my book. We both have memorable hair, hers in dreadlocks, mine sticking straight up from m I love Anne La Mott.