Books by Anne Lamott

The bestselling author of Blue Shoe, Traveling Mercies, Bird by Bird, Operating Instructions, and other books, Anne Lamott is a past recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. She is also a former columnist for Salon magazine.


SMALL VICTORIES by Anne Lamott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Sage advice on finding beauty and happiness in life despite bad circumstances."
Honest, witty essays on the hidden blessings in life. Read full book review >
STITCHES by Anne Lamott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Subtitled as a 'handbook,' this is minor work from an author known for her range and depth."
The author's spirituality pays fewer redemptive dividends than usual in a follow-up guide that falls short of its predecessor. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Though fans may be dismayed at the brevity of the book, there's more here than meets the eye."
A refreshingly simple approach to spiritual practice in a pint-sized reflection on prayer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2012

"A pale companion piece to Operation Instructions."
Being a grandparent is harder than it looks. Read full book review >
IMPERFECT BIRDS by Anne Lamott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2010

"We're all imperfect birds, in a novel that sounds a warning note to parents of 'good kids,' even though some might resist its climactic remedy. In the end, the strengths of central characters and believable complications overcome a tendency toward oracular psychobabble."
Lamott, best known for nonfiction, including popular books on writing (Bird by Bird, 1994) and spirituality (Traveling Mercies, 1999), returns to the novel with a sequel of sorts to one of her earliest and best, Rosie (1983). Read full book review >
PLAN B by Anne Lamott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2005

"Traveling Mercies set a very high standard, and to say that Plan B almost gets there is still to say that it's a wonderful read Lamott's legions of fans will no doubt lap up."
Funny, acerbic reflections on faith and family during George W. Bush's first administration. Read full book review >
BLUE SHOE by Anne Lamott
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Lots of charm in the details, not much for momentum."
Lamott infuses this peripatetic story of a woman's struggles after a divorce with the same quirky brand of Christianity she explored in her wildly popular memoir, Traveling Mercies (1999). Read full book review >
TRAVELING MERCIES by Anne Lamott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"An anguishing account that also heals."
Brutally honest, sometimes funny vignettes about affirming faith and community in the midst of drug-induced angst. Read full book review >
CROOKED LITTLE HEART by Anne Lamott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 1997

"But the greater depth, complexity, and seriousness here make up for the smiley faces and rainbows. (Author tour)"
After a very successful nonfiction run (Bird by Bird, 1994, etc), Lamott returns with her fifth novel seemingly refreshed and invigorated with a further exploration of the world of Rosie Ferguson, the awkward adolescent tennis champion first seen in Rosie (1983). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"A writer's guide that is bound to teach and inspire by example."
Lamott (Operating Instructions, 1993, etc.) gently explodes the fantasy that writing will solve all of a fledgling author's problems—an ailing bank account, low self-esteem—and at the same time argues that writing ``does turn out to be its own reward.'' Beginning with her first exposure to the writing life through her father, Lamott introduces some practical points: shaping credible dialogue; thinking of a first draft as a Polaroid photograph that slowly develops beneath one's fingers. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1993

"She'll nourish fans with her entries, and give birth to new ones as well."
Novelist Lamott (All New People, 1989, etc.) nimbly plunders stores of self-mockery in her role as a new mother and single parent. Read full book review >