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Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

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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 u
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Riverhead Books
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Diane S ☔
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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."

She writes with humor, with Grace and with a huge am
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, spirituality

”(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 in your innocence
sail through this to that”

- - -

Lucille Clifton, “blessing the boats”

Reading Anne Lamott, for me anyway, feels like how I imagine how sitting and listening to her talk, perhaps less to a large audience, but a more intimate, person
Stacey Camp
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**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 heart-wrenching pain, pain that, at times, is unb
Diane Barnes
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
"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 teeing up the football".

I read Anne Lamott because of
#mystrangereading Almost Everything by Anne Lamott ⭐️⭐️

I was greatly disappointed by this book. Bird by Bird is easily one of my favorite books, and I just can't wrap my head around how an author who can inspire in such great ways can also be so all over the place.

She titled this 'Almost Everything' and that is really what it is except it's so short. She talks about so much, but doesn't say much. She tries to go deep and get all philosophical and ethereal but then gets lost in her own thoughts
Kate Olson
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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 this book. It’s candid, caring, clever, and at times, hilarious; this is a book only Anne Lamott can write. This book is filled with hope, literally. Lamott gets it, life is hard at times, we have difficult conversations, setbacks & di
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
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 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 she seems different than the last time I heard her s
Kelly Hager
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 read it and that is definitely true this time, as wel
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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, everyday family crises and the indignity of aging – she maintains hope in what divine grace and human kindness can achieve. (Borrowed from my sister.)

Some favorite lines:

“Almost every facet of my meager maturation and spiri
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
"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 Lamott's views on everything from life, death, faith
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 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 is a letter to her grandson, picking up on the strategies of James Baldwin, or Ta Nehesi-Coates, with none of the gravitas or urgency.

At her best she's witty (some would say snarky,) insightful, and acerbic (some
Nov 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Writings seemed to lack a cohesive flow. Her "subtle" references to politics wore me out. ...more
Alan Teder
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 think on the page it would read as more inspirational
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.)
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 Stars !!!!
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Reading Anne Lamott's book felt like a visit with an old friend. Operating Instructions informed my feelings about motherhood and Bird By Bird was instrumental is shaping my feelings about writing. We both have come a long way since 1993. I still love her oversized personality and love what she has to share, she is witty and bright, but this book spoke to a past self. There is a consistency to the author's books and although some of the essays made me smile I wasn't completely taken in. Still, i ...more
Angie Reisetter
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 from a place of reassurance, and she's trying to g ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anne Lamott is so inspiring and speaks in such a down-to-earth way. She is able to write, with humor and understanding, about how people feel and react when life seems hopeless, often speaking from her first-hand experiences. She gives bits of advice and guidance that offer hope and healing.
I just love her, and love listening to her read her own books. I highly recommend this one!
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 struggles, but I found little hope in “almost every facet ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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 me. I think it speaks to a different kind of person. Perhaps these are voices to those in a struggle (and I was when I had babies and when I was writing), but my life thank goodness is free from addiction and daily s ...more
Sue Dix
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little bit of a hug that I needed.
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
“But life holds on. Little by little, nature pulls us back, back to growing. This is life. We are life.”

I had borrowed this from the library, but after reading a bit, I knew I needed my own copy for annotations and rereads.

Almost Everything : Notes on Hope was a little touch of inspiration in this weird time.

This is my first Anne Lamott book and I loved her writing. She keenly observes the human experience and philosophizes on how to have hope in a hard world.
I enjoyed the spiritual aspect
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, nonfiction
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 for her. ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok

##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 spooling of "everything not hopeful." She talks more about failures and inadequacies than ways we can be more hopeful. I thought it started off well enough as she begins her "letter of thoughts about everything she knows" t
Laila (BigReadingLife)
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 than scaring or shaming yourself, congratulating yourself, or reassuring yourself that you are a good person because you’ve kept your weight down - then weigh away. Otherwise, can you put the scale away for a week? How ab
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 points for getting to hear it in her voice. A few things were N/A to my life, but it's a slim read/listen and well worth your time. Perfect end-of-year (or New Year!) read. ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Lamott has pithy comments that make one smile (my favorite from this book, "Many things taste better than thin feels...creme brule and all Mexican food, except Menudo..."(paraphrased)) but her theology will never resonate with me.
It was perfect for a page or two at a time reading.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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 provided her perspectives and insights drawn from her own experiences and the wisdom she has garnered over the years. She shared her own challenges with alcohol, her family dynamics, her estrangement from an uncle, and finall
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Anne Lamott is an author of several novels and works of non-fiction. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her non-fiction works are largely autobiographical, with strong doses of self-deprecating humor and covering such subjects as alcoholism, single motherhood, and Christianity. She appeals to her fans because of her sense of humor, her deeply felt insights, and her outspoken views on topics such ...more

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