Almost Everything

Almost Everything

Notes on Hope

Large Print - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Random House Large Print,, [2018]
Edition: First large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781984827609
Branch Call Number: 170.44 Lam
Characteristics: 240 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
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Hillsboro_JeanineM Apr 05, 2019

There were a few things that resonated for me from this book: the fires in Santa Rosa, California - my hometown and the week I spent trying to track my family during the evacuations; her quote from the Dalai Lama, " religion is like going out to dinner with friends. Everyone may order something different, but everyone can still sit at the same table." This is something we need more of in our world - basic respect for differing beliefs at a shared table.; the benefit of play in our lives; and finally Bob Ross from the Joy of Painting that the mistake we just made can become a bird - it's all good.

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Uverness
Jan 01, 2019

A serious book on issues of concern to everyone, many pauses worthy of reflection and a good laugh, often terribly funny.

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MB85CAL
Dec 16, 2018

Lamott provides a good meditation on family, friendship, God or god, and moving forward inspite of or despite what life throws at us. If you are an Anne Lamott reader, a must. If you are not, it is worth checking out. Enjoy!

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josiehann
Nov 21, 2018

Enjoyable read even though I am not Christian, religious, or even more than vaguely spiritual.

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nicoleacrow
Nov 18, 2018

This was the first book I have read by Anne Lamott. I was drawn to the book cover and it sounded like an uplifting read and it wasn't long. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed it. I am not particularly religious, but I was raised in a Methodist church and still feel a connection to certain parts of Christianity, particularly when you are in need of something positive in your life, such as hope. I did appreciate the author's candor in the ways she is imperfect and I really connected with her when she wrote about the importance of stories in our lives. If you are open to the idea of any higher power within humanity I would recommend, otherwise this book is probably not for you.

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Inga57
Nov 07, 2018

I like Anne Lamott for the same reason all her fans do, she’s honest and forthcoming in her truth, gratitude, and now, Hope.

Like most Lamott groupies I highlight favorite passages and write my own thoughts in the margins for future reference.

At a time when our country is so politically divided and hate campaign ads populate the television, now more than recent memory, a new Anne Lamott book was really something to look forward to. Or was it?

What kept this book from a five-star read for me was that it too, contains her thoughts on politics, which was so deflating when one seeks solace, an aversion from hate. On this one, we must agree to disagree and move on.

“If we focus on [the elephant in the room] it’s too easy to lose all hope in life and humanity.”

Reset.

ontherideau Oct 26, 2018

I am a big fan of Anne Lamott. Almost Everything is almost bitter and I read put downs of people not afflicted by the same weaknesses as she is. The saving grace of the book is an introduction to https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/wendell-berry

debwalker Oct 16, 2018

Times of despair? Check.
Need for hope? Check.

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nicoleacrow
Nov 18, 2018

I tell the six-year-olds that if they want to have great lives, they need to read a lot or listen to the written word. If they rely only on their own thinking, they will not notice the power that is all around them, the force-be-with-you kind of power. Reading and writing help us take the blinders off so we can look around and say "Wow," so we can look at life and our lives with care, and curiosity, and attention to detail, which are what will make us happy and less afraid. - p. 99

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nicoleacrow
Nov 18, 2018

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.- p. 179

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