From the bestselling author of Stitches and Help, Thanks, Wow comes her long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace.
Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. It’s an approach that has become her trademark. Now in Small Victories, Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she writes, but they change usour perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives. Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found.
Profound and hilarious, honest and unexpected, the stories in Small Victories are proof that the human spirit is irrepressible.
About the Author
Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.
Praise for Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace…
“Lamott is beloved by legions for her smart, irreverent take on the human condition, filtered through her unique brand of compassionate Christianity and delivered with delicious, self-deprecating wit. Lamott goes even deeper in these essays.”
“A collection of beautifully written essays, filled with nuggets of wisdom gathered over years of mindful living. The stories tackle some heavy topics … [but] Lamott's candor, and sarcastic, self-deprecating humor lighten the content and engage readers. …Her words heal us all.”
“[Lamott’s] insightful and often hilarious prose celebrates the little lessons that everyday challenges can teach us.”
“Lamott can infuse even the darkest material with humor and uplifting revelations. Much loved by fans, her books are on many a nightstand within reach for hour-of-the-wolf reading.”
—New York Daily News
“Lamott is funny, witty and irreverent…Her basic message is love and forgiveness…Not a bad message for any faith.”
—The Denver Post
“Lamott once again summons her calm and reassuring voice to tenderly grab us by the hand and walk us through the most uncomfortable moments we may ever encounter in life: pain, suffering, betrayal and loneliness. Lamott masterfully and matter-of-factly recounts her battles with sobriety, her complex relationship with her family, and how she ultimately found her voice through spirituality. Heavy? Yes. But within each bracingly honest story, Lamott lathers on her trademark humor.”
“Anne Lamott embraces language and life with equal zest, squeezing from the intersection wisdom of the most soul-stretching kind…A master of the touchpoint between wit and wisdom, Lamott adds to the poignant a wink of the playful…Small Victories is an enormously ennobling read in its entirety.”
“[Lamott is] perhaps the best popular essayist America has produced in decades…[Small Victories] brings together a range of heartfelt journalistic and spiritual writings, which have all the pleasures and accessibility, the humor and surprise, of her longer books…A must for all Lamott fans and a fine point of entry for newcomers.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
"Honest, witty essays on the hidden blessings in life…Sage advice on finding beauty and happiness in life despite bad circumstances.”
“An essay collection that tackles tough subjects with sensitive and unblinking honesty…Lamott is refreshingly frank…[and] has the rare ability to weave bracing humor seamlessly with earnest, Christian faith.”
Praise for Anne Lamott
“Lamott writes essays…that are howlingly funny mini-sermons, reminding us of what’s important in life.”
—Los Angeles Times
“[Lamott] has a gift for putting into words what it means to accept and ultimately embrace the beauty, mystery, and pain that is life.”
—San Antonio Express-News
“The wickedly witty and very funny Lamott…makes you laugh at the same time she makes you think.”
“[Lamott] can capture the bliss and beauty of tiny emotional events in a few perfect words, then skewer her own worst impulses with brutal hilarity.”
“Anne Lamott is a cause for celebration. [Her] real genius lies in capturing the ineffable, describing not perfect moments, but imperfect ones…perfectly. She is nothing short of miraculous.”
—The New Yorker
“Anne Lamott has married a razor-sharp wit to a disarming spiritual sincerity. A ferociously smart, droll, and original writer.”