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TWSM Book Review ‘Almost Everything-Notes On Hope’

Almost Everything:  Notes on Hope is a nurturing read. In this collection of essays, Lamott continues her tradition of speaking to her readers in her optimistic voice which says “I’ve been there, I’ve survived that, and I am still here loving and laughing.”

If you are new to Lamott’s writing, her background includes having raised her son as a single mom, leaning on her faith in God and her church home, having been a recovering alcoholic for many years, being an opinionated woman who is politically liberal, and now being a best-selling author, a wife, and a grandmother.

The thirteen essays in this book are bite-sized bits of wisdom and humor which will make you laugh, cry, and want to read more of her work whether or not your own views resonate with hers. The essays are also short enough that they can be read with that coffee that gets you started in the morning, during nap time for your little one, at the end of a long day, or while you are waiting up for your teenager to get home safely.

Lamott addresses big issues about life, death, love, faith, science, and hope through her essays, balancing big questions with a delightful mix of awe and laugh out loud humor. She meets herself and her readers where they are with complete honesty.

 

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Almost Everything:

 

“Scientists say we are made of stars, and I believe them, although my upper

arms look like hell.” (From Chapter One: Puzzles)

 

“Almost every facet of my meager maturation and spiritual understanding

has sprung from hurt, loss, and disaster.” (From Chapter One: Puzzles)

 

“Don’t let others make you feel unsophisticated if you reach middle age

preferring Hershey’s Kisses. So many of your better people do. Also,

always carry a handful of Kisses in your backpack or purse to give away.

People will like you more.”  (From Chapter Seven: Bitter Truth)

If there is one negative that I would share regarding this book, it is that as an avid Anne Lamott fan, I sometimes tire of her re-sharing stories across her books. In chapter six, she included the story about her brother’s homework project that inspired the title of her book, Bird by Bird. Although I find this story inspiring, I believe she has referred to it in two other books. This was a small distraction for me, and other readers might find it endearing.

I recommend brewing a cup of tea, putting your feet up, and reading “Almost Everything:  Notes on Hope”.  You will be glad that you did.

 

Rating:  4 ½ stars out of 5

 Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

Copyright 2018 by Anne Lamott

ISBN 9780525537441 (hardcover)

ISBN9780525537571 (ebook)

 

Liz is a technical writer by day and a humor writer by night. She lives in Minnesota with her two teenage daughters and their cats, Beau and Phoebe. When Liz is not reading, writing, or searching for new books to review, she can be found practicing yoga or enjoying time with friends and family — usually around a fireplace or a lake. She is savoring the time that she still has with her daughters under her roof, yet she secretly dreams of being an empty nester who can travel more and not have to worry about other people borrowing her socks.

Clean Your Bedroom Like A Teenage Girl

Clean Your Bedroom Like A Teenage Girl

Six Easy Steps to Domestic Bliss

Step 1:​ Organize all of your nail polish by color. This is a critical. If you don’t do this, the next time you want to impress that cute boy who won’t notice your hands, you might have to wave “hi” to him with nail polish that does not match your outfit.

Step 2:​ Organize all of your jewelry. This includes double-checking to see if your sister “borrowed” any of your jewelry without asking. If she did, you will need to spend at least 30 minutes arguing with her. If you can’t find a favorite pair of earrings, the likelihood that you misplaced them in your messy room is extremely low. Make sure to accuse your sister of both stealing your favorite earrings and then lying about it.

Step 3: ​ Organize all of your clean clothes in your closet, hanging them up perfectly and arranging them by season, color, and occasion. Spend at least two hours on this. Then go tell your mom that you have nothing to wear and she needs to take you shopping.

Step 4:​ Scatter all of your dirty clothes across the floor of your room. This will serve the following purposes:

a. Your sister will not want to borrow these clothes because they are dirty

b. The dirty clothes will cover the carpet, disguising the fact that you have not vacuumed

c. The clean clothes hanging in your closet will look even more sparse, which might make your request to go shopping seem reasonable

d. You will have more privacy because your family will not want to set foot in your room

Step 5: ​ Make your bed and arrange the pillows and stuffed animals meticulously. Don’t bother to wash the sheets. At some point your mom will realize that you haven’t done this in ages, get disgusted, and just go ahead and do this for you.

Step 6:​ Plop down on your freshly arranged bed and call your best friend to complain that your mom has been making you clean all morning. Suggest that the two of you go shopping. Ask her what nail polish you should wear to school on Monday.

Liz Possible is a Writer and Single Mom Extraordinaire. She lives in Minnesota with her two teenage daughters and their cats, Beau and Phoebe. “Possible” is her attitude, not her legal name — but then you knew that.

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