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Plan B finds Lamott wrestling with mid-life hormones and weight gain while parenting Sam, now a teenager with his own set of raging hormones. Her observations cover everything from starting a Sunday school to grief over the death of her beloved dog, Sadie; lamenting the war to bitterness over her relationship with her now-departed mother.
As she tugs and pokes out the knots in a slender gold chain necklace, it becomes a metaphor for letting go and learning to forgive. "…any willingness to let go inevitably comes from pain; and the desire to change changes you, and jiggles the spirit, gets to it somehow, to the deepest, hardest, most ruined parts." Its her willingness to show us the knotted-up, "ruined parts" of her life that make this collection of sometimes uneven essays so compelling.
"Everything feels crazy," writes Lamott, adding, "But on small patches of earth all over, I can see just as much messy mercy and grace as ever…." Lamotts essays will serve as reminders to readers of the patches of messy mercy and grace in a chaotic world.--Cindy Crosby --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Anne Lamott writes with truth, insight and love. A wonderful book.Published 1 month ago by Greta Macias
I love Anne Lamott. She is the only writer I know who can exquisitely hold the tension between reverence and irreverence. She is paradoxically both at the same time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amos Smith
Lamott's honesty and the complexity of her views show faithfulness as it really is--a journey that you take, not a something that you are.Published 2 months ago by Michael P. King
Essays about faith, single-motherhood, human relationships, self-actualization. Easy reading. At turns sad, humorous, wise, self-indulgent, self-deprecating. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. L. Parker
Great book. Entertaining stories. Loved getting to know more about author'a life after reading some of her interesting earlier works.Published 5 months ago by LSC
Deeply reflective in a very accessible and humorous way, she chronicles what it means to be human. I guess I'll have to read all her books now.Published 5 months ago by David Kasperek
I was separated at birth from this woman. I am convinced of this fact. This is a funny, uplifting, inspiring book.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Love Anne Lamott always.My favorite author. Book is true, entertaining and soulful. A white cloud I can always rest on.Published 7 months ago by McLaughlin
This book was part of our book club reading list. Mixed review. Seemed very 1960's California drug culture now rehab'd in the 2010's. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Veda W. Elbe