Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

From Anne Lamott, the New York Times-bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow, comes the book we need from her now: How to bring hope back into our lives. "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 sur From Anne Lamott, the New York Times-bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow, comes the book we need ...

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Title:Almost Everything: Notes on Hope
Author:Anne Lamott
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0525537449
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope Reviews

  • Michelegg
    Nov 06, 2018
    I highlighted pretty much this entire book. It just spoke to my soul. The author and I seem to be kindred spirits, and the thoughts she writes of are the ones that swirl around in my head most days. My biggest takeaway though was how lovely that we can find joy and beauty surrounding u...
  • Kris Springer
    Oct 26, 2018
    Anne Lamott?s books are always funny, self-deprecating, and insightful. In this little chapbook Lamott?s riffing on hope, which is one of my life?s themes, as well as love and the need to stop hating, ?at least 40% of the time.? I used this book as a help when I was very rece...
  • Rebecca Heneghan
    Nov 05, 2018
    There is a lot in this book that I needed to hear at this time. She talks about the current political climate and how it has made her into a person that she is fundamentally not like. This hate is not good for any of us. I love her wit and wisdom and was lucky to hear her speak on ...
  • Mehrsa
    Nov 12, 2018
    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 ...
  • Kelly Hager
    Oct 27, 2018
    This isn't going to be a normal review and I think that's OK. You already know if you should read this or not; hopefully you've already read it anyway. I read this book in one day, most of it after learning a man took a gun and murdered at least 10 people at a synagogue in Pittsburg...
  • Judy
    Oct 21, 2018
    Another slam-dunk for Anne Lamott. She makes sense to Christians, died-in-the wool atheists and secular humanists. She holds out hope and grace and love --real stuff in a world that doesn't always allow us to experience much of any of it. Thanks, Anne. You open my heart. ...
  • Julie
    Nov 19, 2018
    Lamott gets right to the heart of the current cultural climate, and how we can rise above , breathe deeply, and live on the hope that doing good, being compassionate, and standing up for our beliefs will help us overcome all that is wrong in our society. The chapter on hate was most me...
  • Bonny
    Oct 18, 2018
    I read Almost Everything: Notes on Hope looking for exactly that, some notes on hope. Anne Lamott has such a unique style of writing that I wonder if the hope may have gotten tangled up somewhere in the extended stream-of-consciousness voice that is this book. I listened to her read it...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Nov 06, 2018
    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 t...
  • Megan
    Nov 05, 2018
    I started reading this in the middle of Bob Woodward's book, Fear, and I really needed it as a palate cleanser. But then as I continued through her thoughtful notes, I really did start to feel hopeful. I'm returning my library copy ASAP so others can read it, then I'm purchasing my own...
  • Linda
    Aug 29, 2018
    The title of Lamott?s latest book, Almost Everything, seems apropos, since it addresses a variety of topics as diverse as dieting, death, and teaching elementary school children to write. The author, who says that ?almost every facet of my meager maturation and spiritual understand...
  • Alan
    Oct 26, 2018
    Review of the Audible Audio edition. I've been a fan of Anne Lamott's world-weary but hopeful wisdom since her writing memoir "Bird by Bird." Her annual musings have become a standard for me and there are always experiences and observations that come through as starkly true and imme...
  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 20, 2018
    Reading Lamott is a balm to my spirit and my soul. She writes about so many of the things I think about. In this book she writes the things she wants her grandson to know, including the paradoxes of life. "Here is so much going on that flattens us, that is huge, scary, or simply app...
  • Janine Slayton
    Nov 18, 2018
    3.5 stars. This is one of those books that is so full of goodness and hope and some un-nameable quality that I feel like it should get 5 stars. And there were some 5 star moments (which I'll note in a bit), but it's one of those things that also comes across too strongly in certain...
  • Tena Edlin
    Nov 02, 2018
    Anne Lamott's books are always good for my soul. She shares her journey, and it's similar to mine in many ways. Her books are a wake-up call to me, too, to get out of the dumps and take charge of how I'm feeling. It's not easy, but I can help others or go for a walk or snuggle with my ...
  • Jessica
    Nov 07, 2018
    Anne Lamott: still not for me. I have my own form of zen and 'it is what it is,' but somehow hers ('the world is exactly as it should be') rubs me the wrong way. And, hey, it rubs her the wrong way, too, which I appreciate. It just doesn't connect with me and bring hope the way it does...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Oct 09, 2018
    "Stories teach us what is important about life, why we are here and how it is best to behave, and that inside us we have access to treasure, in memories and observations, in imagination." Before Anne Lamott's 61st birthday, she decided to make a list for her grandson and niece of ev...
  • Betsy
    Oct 19, 2018
    For more than 3/4 of the book, I was thinking this was a three star endeavor. Then came the penultimate chapter. Come on, it?s called ?famblies.? And she says this about children who were raised to be anxious perfectionists: ?Praise and cuddling made us soft, distracted us from...
  • Sue Dix
    Oct 29, 2018
    Every Anne Lamott book that I read has me feeling ?oh come on? at the beginning and ?oh wow OK yes? at the end. Her books model life?s trajectory: skepticism, belief, repeat. She is at once our best friend and our pragmatic counselor, tough love and lots of hugs and laughter....
  • Diane Barnes
    Oct 18, 2018
    "A friend once said that at the end of his drinking, he was deteriorating faster than he could lower his standards, and this began happening to me recently with hate". " I don't know if my last day here will be next Thursday or in twenty years. Whenever that day comes, I want to be...
  • Rebecca Renner
    Nov 10, 2018
    Read my interview with Lamott here: https://electricliterature.com/anne-l... Here's the intro I wrote for the interview: If the bleak daily news cycle has you grasping for some comfort, you?re not alone. Google searches for ?anxiety symptoms? hit an all-time high in October...
  • Barbara M
    Oct 27, 2018
    Sometimes you read a book and think "Wow, this book is just what I needed to read right now in my life." Anne Lamott has a wonderful way of describing life as messy, complicated and hard (which it is)....but also filled with beautiful moments, hope and joy. She also has a wonderful ...
  • Jeremy
    Oct 02, 2018
    Excerpt here. ...
  • Sharon
    Oct 27, 2018
    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 weig...
  • Neanderthal
    Aug 11, 2018
    Anne Lamott loosely builds ALMOST EVERYTHING around a list she decides to make for her grandson and niece about everything she knows about almost everything, ideas that she thinks apply to almost everyone and that might help them someday, a list that she wishes her father had written f...
  • Stacey Camp
    Aug 21, 2018
    **5++ Goodreads Stars++ "Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you." "Haters want us to hate them, because hate is incapacitating. When we hate, we can't operate from our real selves, which is our strength." Oh Anne Lamott, how do yo...
  • Angie
    Sep 16, 2018
    Anne Lamott at her best. By her account, she's compiling what she knows that's worth knowing for her grandson, a collection of observations and advice. It's also a guide to staying sane in a crazy world, which she acknowledges in a sideways manner here and there, but doesn't focus on. ...
  • Price
    Oct 27, 2018
    This is a beautiful work. I surprise myself in that I have never described any work as "beautiful". It is a deeply personal affirmation of faith. Ms. Lamott shares with us her intimate reflections and loss and love and tragedy experienced in our everyday existence. She acknowledges th...
  • Lisa
    Oct 30, 2018
    Okay, 2 1/2 stars. This book was marginally better than her last one. My favorite parts of Lamott's writing are her stories - about her life, her family, her work, and her church. She used to use those stories to make her points, but now her writing has become (long, rambling) stream-o...
  • David Dunlap
    Nov 17, 2018
    True confession: On paper, this is an author I should love: a person of faith with a thoughtful bent, a good way with words, etc. However, despite the fact that there are nuggets of wisdom embedded in this slim volume, I did not love the book. I pressed on to the end -- and am glad I d...