Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

"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 when life is at its bleakest--when we are, as she puts it, "doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over-caffeinated"--the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. "All truth is paradox," Lamott writes, "and this turns out to be a reason for hope. If you arrive at a place in life that is miserable, it will change." That is the time when we must pledge not to give up but "to do what Wendell Berry wrote: 'Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.'"

In this profound and funny book, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Divided into short chapters that explore life's essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward.

Title:Almost Everything: Notes on Hope
ISBN:9780525537441
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About Anne Lamott

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


    Almost Everything: Notes on Hope Reviews

  • 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 l...

  • Cheri

    ”(at St. Mary’s)may the tidethat is entering even nowthe lip of our understandingcarry you outbeyond the face of fearmay you kissthe wind then turn from itcertain that it willlove your back….may...

  • 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 opera...

  • 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 he...

  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City

    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 won...

  • Kate Olson

    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-r...

  • 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 lea...

  • 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...

  • Rebecca

    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 – en...

  • 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 L...