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Anne Lamott was born on April 10, 1954 in San Francisco, California. She began writing when she returned to California after spending two years at Goucher College, but her early efforts, mostly short stories, met with little success. The turning point in her writing came with a family crisis, when mostrar mais her father was diagnosed with brain cancer. She wrote a series of short pieces about the traumatic effect that serious illness has on a family. These pieces were published, and they eventually became the basis of her first novel, Hard Laughter, published in 1980. During the 1980s, she wrote three additional novels, Rosie, Joe Jones and All New People. In 1989, her life took another turn when her son was born. Her next book, published in 1993, was a non-fiction effort called Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year. She wrote ironically, but candidly, about her struggles to adjust to her new role as a mother and a single parent, and her experiences with everything from sleep deprivation to financial and emotional uncertainty to concerns about what she would tell her son when he was old enough to ask about his absent father. Operating Instructions proved to be even more successful than her novels, and led to interviews on network news programs and a regular spot on National Public Radio. Her other works include Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life; Crooked Little Heart; Blue Shoe, Imperfect Birds, and Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son. Her title Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. Her title Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair and Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace also made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Anne Lamott

Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith (2005) 2,342 exemplares
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith (2007) 1,892 exemplares
Blue Shoe (2002) 1,245 exemplares
Crooked Little Heart (2011) 929 exemplares
Imperfect Birds (2010) 658 exemplares
Rosie (1983) 632 exemplares
Hard Laughter (1980) 499 exemplares
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope (2018) 475 exemplares

Associated Works

A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contribuidor — 234 exemplares
Wise Women: Over Two Thousand Years of Spiritual Writing by Women (1996) — Contribuidor — 201 exemplares
Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession (2015) — Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2004) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Being Ram Dass (2021) — Introdução, algumas edições44 exemplares
Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2005) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
Between the Listening and the Telling: How Stories Can Save Us (2022) — Prefácio, algumas edições32 exemplares


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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
San Francisco, California, USA
Locais de residência
San Francisco, California, USA
Fairfax, California, USA
Drew College Preparatory School
Lamott, Sam (son)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Guggenheim Fellowship (1985)
Steven Barclay Agency (12 Western Avenue • Petaluma, California • 94952)

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Born in San Francisco, Anne Lamott is the author of five novels and three works of nonfiction, and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. She has been a book reviewer for Mademoiselle, a restaurant critic for California magazine, and a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She also writes a popular column for the on-line magazine Salon, which Time magazine noted "could alone be the Best of the Web." Anne Lamott lives in northern California with her son, Sam.



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This is an excellent book. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to be a writer or thought about writing yourself read this book!
J3R3 | 238 outras críticas | Apr 19, 2024 |
Writing is lonely. So whenever I start a new project, I look for a book about it I haven’t read yet. It’s like having a sympathetic friend holding my hand, reassuring me.
Somehow, the book I choose is precisely what I need. Well, that’s not always true, but when it’s not, I quickly spot it and move on to another. But this one filled the bill. It came out thirty years ago, but I only recently became aware of it, although I remember hearing her spots on NPR way back when.
Lamott’s advice in this book is sensible, even if little of it is new. It’s not a problem; I need to hear it all again with each new project. And I’ve never read it in such a humorous, self-deprecating manner. She and her friends sound like a lovable, walking collective of personality disorders (I think those are really her words, but right now, I can’t find the quote). Somehow, they keep each other’s spirits up.
She is honest about the rivalry and jealousy writers experience. She also makes it clear (repeatedly) that publication is not the main reason to write, much less the gateway to fixing everything wrong in your life. If, toward the end, her reporting of her neuroses wears thin through repetition, along the way, there are descriptions of it that had me laughing out loud.
This book helped me get through the first five days of a new project, allowing me to make a solid start. Thank you, Anne, for being there.
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HenrySt123 | 238 outras críticas | Jan 31, 2024 |
Absolutely charming, but stale and a little oblivious.
ethorwitz | 238 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
I so identify with every small feeling and anxiety she has about herself and others that I'm almost ready to sign up for her support groups and church suppers. The insights into writing and ego and truth reflected and articulated here are so authentic that it seems like revealed truth, like truth I already knew. It also made me feel extremely neurotic.
jennifergeran | 238 outras críticas | Dec 23, 2023 |



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