Almost Everything by Anne Lamott

Almost Everything

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 surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even...

Details Almost Everything

TitleAlmost Everything
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Self Help, Spirituality, Religion

Reviews Almost Everything

  • Diane S ☔
    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 appalling. We're doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over caffeinated. And yet, outside my window, yellow roses bloom, and little kids horse around, making a joyous racket."Sh...
  • Stacey Camp
    **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 you manage to rip my heart into pieces and then mend it ever so carefully back together? This is what Lamott calls a paradox or conundrum, that life brings both immense joy and h...
  • Diane Barnes
    "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 living, insofar as possible, in the Wendell Berry words "Be joyful though you have considered all the facts", and I want to have had dessert". " The world is Lucy teei...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    "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 everything she knows that could apply to almost everyone hoping that it will one day help them in their lives.What we get is a touching and random but poignant look at La...
  • Neanderthal
    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 for her. She writes humorously and lovingly about topic like serenity, food, hate, God, "famblies," and hope.(I received pre-publication access thanks to Edelweiss.)
  • Kelly Hager
    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 Pittsburgh. It wasn't a good day, but I trusted that Anne Lamott was what I needed to be reading.For years now, a new Anne Lamott book will emerge at the time I most need to rea...
  • Alan
    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 immediately identifiable that cut right to the bone.I'm giving it a 3 star rating only because on audio it sometimes comes across as a bit too weary and tired whereas I thi...
  • Angie
    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. It's intensely personal and deeply loving. There are weaknesses here and there; for instance, I don't know that I can recommend her health advice, but it does come ...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    An Evening with Anne LamottOctober 19, 2018St. Paul's United Methodist Church, HoustonPeople 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 the pulpit.I am surrounded by people with strong political and spiritual views, and we talk about important things while we wait.And then she arrives. It's Anne Lamott, and sh...
  • Sue Dix
    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. If you’re not more hopeful by the end of this book, you need to reread it.
  • Bonny
    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 as an audio book, and that made it seem even more like a long conversation with Anne, telling me her story. It's an interesting and difficult story of her struggle...
  • Tena Edlin
    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 husband or dog. I can remember what is good in the world. Some of my favorite quotes from this latest book:"I have known hell, and I have also known love. Love was ...
  • Megan
    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 copy to have at home so I can return to these little hope notes as needed. Definitely worth reading! 5 stars
  • Betsy
    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 the scent of the mechanical rabbit.” Wow, my parents went to the same school. The Coda is lovely, and says it all.
  • Sharon
    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 weight loss? Hmmm.... The most important thing I took from it was help is the sunny side of control. I get enough of politics on TV, in my newspaper and on social media...
  • Judy
    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.
  • Linda
    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 understanding has sprung from hurt, loss, and disaster,” offers some challenging pronouncements, such as when she confesses that her reaction to hearing about Syrian refuge...
  • Price
    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 the sense of fear and foreboding that haunts us 24/7.The world is going to hell in a hand basket and our fears of the horrors of global conflict, political turbulence, ...
  • Barbara M
    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 sense of humor.I have noticed that some reviewers comment that Anne Lamott rambles. Yes, she does ramble at times, in her own "Anne Lamott" sort of way. However, amid t...
  • Rebecca Heneghan
    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 this book last week. I always get something out of her books and am glad to have her teachings as part of my journey.
  • Michelegg
    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 us everyday if we will just look. I plan on doing that every day from now on.
  • Lisa
    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-of-conciousness, and that makes it harder to follow.
  • Kris Springer
    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 recently angry and Lamott reminded me to give it time and see if my mind was better later, that I didn’t have to do or say anything immediately. That was a good reset...
  • Courtney
    Audiobook version.
  • Nancy Baumgardner
    I have read many of Anne Lamont’s books, and I was holding off even opening it. Her books are like chocolate to me. Once I open it, I can’t put it down and it’s gone way too fast. Her words and stories help me try to hold the opposing forces of life in each my hands and stay sane, grateful, and joyful.
  • Patricia
    I like Anne Lamott, but this one seemed like more of the same.
  • Chain Reading
    I feel like when I read Bird by Bird and Operating Instructions, it totally changed my attitude to life. I haven't had such radical insights from her latest books, but I think this is basically because she already told me her big truth. So these short later books are just like little hangout sessions, just hanging out with Anne.
  • Don Watkins
    This is a great book as are all the books I've ever read by Anne Lamott. This one had some key insights for me or maybe they were key because I was finally ready for them.
  • Margaret
    Liked many of the insights in this book, but the author rambled at times.