Conversations with Authors - Anne Lamott

Saturday, April 4th • 7:00pm EST/4:00pm PST

Anne Lamott

in conversation with Sam 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 as her left-of-center politics and her unconventional Christian faith. She is a graduate of Drew College Preparatory School in San Francisco, California. Her father, Kenneth Lamott, was also a writer and was the basis of her first novel Hard Laughter.

She recommends:

  • Mrs. Bridge by Evan Connell
  • Speedboat by Renata Adler
  • The Opposite of Certainty: Fear, Faith and Life in Between by Janine Reid
  • A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
  • The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
  • A Crooked Smile by Terri Tate
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Her son Sam recommends:

  • It Didn’t Start with You by Mark Wolynn
  • A Song of Ice and Fire (boxed set) by George R.R. Martin

Below, please find links to purchase all of the books mentioned by Anne and her son Sam in the livestream, as well as a selection of her own books.

Mrs. Bridge Cover Image
By Evan S. Connell, James Salter (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781582435688
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 5th, 2010

"Again and again. . . I find myself being a Mrs. Bridge evangelist, telling them that it's a perfect novel, and then pressing copies on them. . . What writing Economical, piquant, beautiful, true." --Meg Wolitzer, The New York Times


Speedboat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612190686
Availability: Special Order
Published: Melville House - February 1st, 2012

One of the most acclaimed novels of the late 20th century is back.


The Opposite of Certainty: Fear, Faith, and Life in Between Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780785230595
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Published: Thomas Nelson - May 12th, 2020

"Brilliant, rich...breathtakingly honest and sometimes very funny." --Anne Lamott"I loved this book."---Glennon Doyle"Extraordinary." --Caroline Leavitt"Observant and warm...the finest company."--Kelly Corrigan"A beautiful sucker punch, like life."--Ron Fournier"Subtle, powerful, and hypnotic..."-


A Map of the World: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385720106
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Published: Anchor - December 3rd, 1999

From the author of the widely acclaimed The Book of Ruth comes a harrowing, heartbreaking drama about a rural American family and a disastrous event that forever changes their lives.


The Book of Ruth: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385265706
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Published: Anchor - December 1st, 1989

Winner of the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award  for best first novel, this exquisite book  confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence  from which the author creates a stunning testament  to the human capacity for mercy, compassion and  love.


A Crooked Smile: A Memoir Cover Image
By Terri Tate, Anne Lamott (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781622037391
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sounds True - November 1st, 2016

"This book is a refreshing story of great courage, revealing how one can embrace life in its entirety in order to live more fully and offering readers a depth of humanity we need badly in today’s world." —Michael Finkelstein, MD, author of Slow Medicine


The Handmaid's Tale Deluxe Edition Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780358346296
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 15th, 2019

This beautiful edition of Margaret Atwood’s seminal work of speculative fiction features a leatherette cover, gilt edging, and ribbon marker—a perfect gift for book lovers and fans of the Hulu series.

The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its image and its forecast.


The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385543781
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE

The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.


It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101980385
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Published: Penguin Life - April 25th, 2017

“This groundbreaking book offers a compelling understanding of inherited trauma and fresh, powerful tools for relieving its suffering. Mark Wolynn is a wise and trustworthy guide on the journey toward healing.” —Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge


Perfect for fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones—a boxed set featuring the first five novels!


Almost Everything: Notes on Hope Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525537441
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 16th, 2018

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


Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780735213586
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

“Anne Lamott is my Oprah.” —Chicago Tribune

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Almost Everything and Bird by Bird, a powerful exploration of mercy and how we can embrace it.


Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Help, Thanks, Wow, Hallelujah Anyway and Almost Everything, Lamott's long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace.


Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781594632587
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 29th, 2013

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Hallelujah Anyway, Bird by Bird, and Almost Everything


Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781594631290
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 13th, 2012

New York Times bestseller from the author of Hallelujah Anyway, Bird by Bird, and Almost Everything.

Author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life.


Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594488412
Availability: Special Order
Published: Riverhead Books - March 20th, 2012

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird by Bird, Hallelujah Anyway, and Almost Everything

“If there is a doyenne of the parenting memoir, it would be Anne Lamott.”—Time


Imperfect Birds: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594485046
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 5th, 2011

From the New York Times bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway, Almost Everything, and Bird by Bird, a powerful and redemptive novel of love and family


Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594482878
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 26th, 2008

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird by Bird, Hallelujah Anyway, and Almost Everything

"Lamott has chronicled her wacky and (sometimes) wild adventures in faith in...the wonderful Grace (Eventually)." (Chicago Sun-Times)


Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594481574
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 28th, 2006

From the New York Times bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway, Bird by Bird, and Almost Everything, a spiritual antidote to anxiety and despair in increasingly fraught times.


Blue Shoe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573223423
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2003

The New York Times Bestseller from the beloved author of Bird by Bird, Hallelujah Anyway, and Almost Everything

Mattie Ryder is marvelously neurotic, well-intentioned, funny, religious, sarcastic, tender, angry, and broke.


Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385496094
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Published: Anchor - February 15th, 2000

Anne Lamott claims the two best prayers she knows are: "Help me, help me, help me" and "Thank you, thank you, thank you." She has a friend whose morning prayer each day is "Whatever," and whose evening prayer is "Oh, well." Anne thinks of Jesus as "Casper the friendly savior" and describes God as "one crafty mother."


Crooked Little Heart: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385491808
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Published: Anchor - May 18th, 1998

With the same winning combination of humor and honesty that marked her recent nonfiction bestsellers, Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott's new novel gives us an exuberant, richly absorbing portrait of a family for whom the joys and sorrows of everyday life are magnified under the glare of the unexpected.


Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385480017
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Published: Anchor - September 1st, 1995

For a quarter century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. Advice that begins with the simple words of wisdom passed down from Anne’s father—also a writer—in the iconic passage that gives the book its title:
 


Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400079094
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Published: Anchor - March 8th, 2005

With the same brilliant combination of humor and warmth she brought to bestseller Bird by BirdAnne Lamott gives us a smart, funny, and comforting chronicle of single motherhood.


Rosie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140264791
Availability: Special Order
Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 1997

From the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Mercies; and Stitches, a wise and witty novel about motherhood. Look out for Anne's next book, Hallelujah Anyway, coming in 2017.