Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

"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 surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest--when we are, as she puts it, "doomed, stunned, exhausted, and "I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse, even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites on the windowsill in the k...

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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

  • Claudia
    Dec 02, 2018
    Oh, how I needed this book at this time...Anne Lamott tells us 'almost' everything she knows about life...and death. And she ends with hope. So, I read, I highlighted. I sticky-noted. Then, I reread and took notes...the titles of the chapters, and lines that resonated. What has...
  • Michelle
    Dec 29, 2018
    If you need a few "Notes on Hope," this is your book. Utterly winsome in that Anne Lamott way and I love how she can put together some profound, beautiful statement/sentiment and then say "well that sucks" or somehow wind in the word "asshat." I listened to this on audiobook so bonus p...
  • Cheri
    Jan 01, 2019
    ?(at St. Mary?s) may the tide that is entering even now the lip of our understanding carry you out beyond the face of fear may you kiss the wind then turn from it certain that it will love your back?.may you open your eyes to water water waving forever and may you...
  • Laila (BigReadingLife)
    Jan 18, 2019
    I loved this. I recommend getting the audiobook version, read by Anne herself. ?The opposite of love is the bathroom scale. Putting away the scale is important for all but a few people. If you are one of those people who weigh themselves every day for some healthy reason - other...
  • Leah
    Jan 15, 2019
    It took me forever to read this book. I had to digest it in pieces because honestly, it's hard to feel tons of hope these days with the world being the way it is. Anne Lamott speaks to all the fears, the anger, the stress that never seems to go away, and she makes us all feel human aga...
  • 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 ...
  • Richard
    Nov 20, 2018
    I guess I'm just not a big fan of Anne Lamott's warmed over AA self-help. I gave Traveling Mercies three stars a number of years ago, and I gave four stars to Bird by Bird, though I didn't write a review and don't remember what it was I liked - probably some advice on writing. This one...
  • Brandy
    Nov 05, 2018
    Writings seemed to lack a cohesive flow. Her "subtle" references to politics wore me out. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Megan
    Mar 04, 2019
    It?s been ages since I?ve read anything by this author & I?m not sure why, because I adore her !! Reading this book felt like receiving life lessons from an old acquaintance. I?m so glad this was an impulse grab for me at the library, as really, really enjoyed it!! 4 Sta...
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    Feb 06, 2019
    A little bit of a hug that I needed. ...
  • Rosemarie Donzanti
    Jan 30, 2019
    This book really resonated with me. Anne Lamott writes with such warmth and wit. I find her observations spot on and genius at times. She is a recovering alcoholic, has a son she all but gave up for dead due to his addictions, and friends and family who have received devastating diagno...
  • 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...
  • Rebecca
    Dec 24, 2018
    While still not as good as Lamott?s spiritual classics from a decade or two ago, this is a cut above her last couple of books, with quite a few memorable lines. Despite the state of the world ? environmental collapse, a volatile leader taking the country ever closer to chaos, every...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bibi
    Jan 08, 2019
    This book is depicted as a guidance piece to the author?s niece and grandson about ?Almost Everything?. She touched on several topics which range from politics, writing, humans 101, unplugged, food, and hands of time to name just a few. For a total of thirteen chapters, Anne p...
  • Carolw
    Feb 27, 2019
    ?The world is Lucy teeing up the football?. I feel like this some days. You never know if she is going to leave the football there so you can kick it or pull it away so you fall on your ass! Anne Lamont has a wonderful way of showing you that either way, you?re going to make it! ...
  • Kate Olson
    Jan 05, 2019
    This little book was just what I needed to start the year off. Incredibly timely, soothing and inspirational. I listened to it on audio from Scribd but I ended up ordering a paper copy for future re-reads and marking. ...
  • 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. ...
  • skketch
    Nov 24, 2018
    **NOVEL THOUGHTS** ##thanks to Goodreads Giveaway and Riverhead books for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review## I am glad there are fans of Anne Lamott but sadly, I can't say I am one. Her book Almost Everything: Notes on Hope is a long tedious endless s...
  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
    Dec 23, 2018
    Love and goodness and the world?s beauty and humanity are the reasons we have hope. ? Anne Lamott, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope . . Anne Lamott?s ?Almost Everything: Notes on Hope? is a wonderful book to end the year with. My heart is full & hopeful after reading t...