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.


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

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

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). Safely nestled in suburbia, surrounded by loving adults, and bolstered by her success as half of the top-ranked tennis team in the northern California girls 14-and-under doubles, Rosie lives a life sufficiently all-American to include a haunting sense of impending disaster. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 14, 1994

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

Novelist Lamott (All New People, 1989, etc.) nimbly plunders stores of self-mockery in her role as a new mother and single parent. Born August 29, 1989, baby Sam is "like moonlight," and wastes no time in stealing his mother's heart with his beauty and his thin, "Christlike" feet. Read full book review >