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Crooked Little Heart by Anne Lamott
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Apr 18, 14

Read in March, 1998

I liked discovering that the title originated from a line in a poem by W.H. Auden, which the author quoted on p. 181

O stand, stand at the window
As the tears scald and start;
You shall love your crooked neighbour
With your crooked heart.'

It was late, late in the evening,
The lovers they were gone;
The clocks had ceased their chiming,
And the deep river ran on.

"Expectations are resentments waiting to happen" (185).
I just found this quote in a journal from Jan 25, 1998 - My ex-husband's 48th Birthday. Our daughter was not yet 2 years old, and I was already feeling the frustrations of expecting him to do certain things to help around our home and with our daughter. Just one of the million times a book held clues and relief.
"...so easy to make something beautiful out of her life with little acts of goodness and attention" (211).

“The older part of the moon was showing” an eerie circle of shadow at the base of the full moon, as if the shining crescent were holding the missing part of itself in its own arms” (222).
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