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Almost Everything
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope | Anne Lamott
From Anne Lamott, bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway, Bird by Bird, and Help, Thanks, Wow, comes a new book about the place hope has in our lives. "I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse, even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites on the windowsill in the kitchen," Anne Lamott admits at the beginning of Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. Despair and uncertainty surround us: in the headlines, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest--when everything makes us feel, as Lamott puts it, "doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over-caffeinated"--the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. "All truth is paradox," Lamott writes, "and this turns out to be a reason for hope. If you arrive at a place in life that is miserable, it will change." That is the time when we must pledge, she says, "not to give up, but to do what Wendell Berry wrote: 'Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.'" Lamott calls for all of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried in us that will make tomorrow better than today. Divided into short chapters that explore life's essential truths as she sees them--"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you"--Lamott pinpoints these moments of insight and shines an encouraging light forward. Candid and funny, insightful and caring, Almost Everything is the book of hope we need and that only Anne Lamott can write.
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UwannaPublishme
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Found this on display at one of my favorite indie bookstores. Thanks Anne! Just what I needed today.
#ThinkPositiveBePositive
#AnneLamott
#Soulscape

AmyG Anne‘s the best. 6mo
UwannaPublishme @AmyG Yaaass!🙌🏻 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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UwannaPublishme @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hope you have some time off this week to relax and read, and of course feast on some delicious food and desserts! 🤗❤️ 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @UwannaPublishme thank you Donna!! I hope you do as well 🧡 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin That is lovely! Thanks for sharing, Donna. So sweet! Hope you're keeping well.💜 6mo
UwannaPublishme Hugs to you @PurpleyPumpkin ! Having fun here and hope you‘re doing the same. 🤗❤️ 6mo
BookBabe Lovely quote! Hope you‘re doing great 😊 5mo
UwannaPublishme @BookBabe I just love Anne‘s books and inspiring wisdom. Life is grand here, hope all is well with you. 🤗 5mo
Nute That‘s pretty neat! Are they little pop-open messages that are for sale? 5mo
UwannaPublishme @Nute Yes! They come in a little box of 20 or 25 with all kinds of themed messages. You can find them in stationery stores, some bookstores or Amazon. 5mo
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I have known hell, and I have also known love. Love was bigger.

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I picked this up today. I‘m hoping it‘s going to be hopeful in some way, as I could use some hope as we‘re going into the holiday season, and things feel a bit overwhelming.

AmyG She is wonderful. I rely on her to keep ME hopeful. Sending a hug. 6mo
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Caroline2
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This is a weird one! At times it was hopeful and deep and insightful but other times it was bleak, depressing and kinda whiney!

paulfrankspencer I think that's what I would expect from Lamott. 9mo
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TK-421 Love this! 11mo
lazydaizee I must remember this. 11mo
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maich
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#QuotsyMar21 #unplug #march
@TK-421

I love quotes. Collect them, write them in my notebook diary and planner. Not sure how I didn't find this challenge earlier🙈🙈

wanderinglynn I collect quotes too! I have files of quotes on my computer! 🙌🏻 1y
maich @wanderinglynn Me too😊 And always searching in this files😍 1y
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Kdgordon88 Great quote! 1y
TK-421 Excellent choice! 💖 1y
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PurpleTulipGirl
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I generally enjoyed this, and found it to be a good message of hope. But there were times when it felt disjointed. She would bring up an idea but not seem to finish addressing it, move on to another, and I'd be waiting for her to go back to the idea. Sometimes she did, sometimes she didn't. Still, I enjoyed it and it made for good book group conversation.

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sophierayton
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Ahh, Anne Lamott! She releases a lot of books, and I like them all. I am grateful for people like Anne putting out such works into the world.

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SW-T
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😊😊😊

#reread

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UwannaPublishme
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Anne Lamott really gets us, doesn‘t she? 🤣

In this latest book, she‘s back with more provoking wisdom on finding hope and joy in our complicated lives and chaotic world. 🙌🏻
(Image credit: Pieces of Soul/Pinterest)

wanderinglynn ❤️❤️❤️ so true. 3y
AmyG I so love Anne. 💕 3y
UwannaPublishme @AmyG 😊👍🏻 And her books are sooooo good! 3y
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Jenken1998 I 💚 green! 3y
Kdgordon88 So pretty! 3y
readordierachel 😍😍 3y
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One of the things I love about Anne Lamott is that I don't agree with everything she says. I feel confident if she heard me say this though, she'd shrug and go, "that's cool. I don't agree with everything you say either." ? What I love most about her is this: the nuggets of wisdom in her work are so vast there's not a tote bag in the world that could hold them.
Letter A for #LitsyAtoZ
@BookishMarginalia

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SheReadsAndWrites
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Because every day needs a bit of hope...

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WanderingBookaneer
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Now I want cheese.

Thankfully, I went to Artisan Cheese Company and can make myself a cheese plate with the yummy cheeses and cured meats recommended by the cheesemongers there. ❤️

Lcsmcat ❤️ Annie Lamont! 3y
BibliOphelia ❤️ Anne AND cheese!! 😍😬😬 3y
Megnogged Haha. Cheese. I‘m enjoying some now, actually. 🧀😈😂 3y
BethM Nothing better than Wisconsin cheese! 3y
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AmyG Anne‘s just wonderful. 3y
rretzler I guess I must be a snake - l love dark chocolate! 3y
Leniverse 81% is a bit on the dark side. 60-70% is great. 😂 But I have to say that Hershey's chocolate smells like vomit to me. 🤢 3y
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KatieDid927 She blocked me on twitter for calling her a prolapsed rectum. I wear it as a badge of honor. 3y
WanderingBookaneer You are my kind of people @KatieDid927 ! 😂 3y
Leftcoastzen @KatieDid927 😎👍👏👏👏👏👏 3y
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hermyknee I Love Anne Lamott 3y
AmyG Anne‘s the best! @KatieDid927 👊🏻 3y
TheBookHippie 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
TheBookHippie @KatieDid927 I got blocked by so many after the first women‘s march -cracks me up -you go girl ❤️ 3y
BibliOphelia Well done @KatieDid927 !! I could listen to Anne preach all day, and I‘m not really a God person. 3y
Weaponxgirl @KatieDid927 that‘s so awesome! You go! 3y
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Lindy 😁👍 3y
KathyWheeler I love her books, but I didn‘t know about this one. Thanks! 3y
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JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 3y
Leftcoastzen 🤩❤️ 3y
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❤️❤️❤️

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I don‘t usually read people who are connected to Jesus or spirituality, but I also think it‘s important for me to branch out and hear their stories too. Lamott does well with this. She cites Bible passages but also acknowledges that there are many things to believe in. These words, many of them, but not all, came to me at a really good time.

BibliOphelia She‘s one of the VERY few people I can tolerate ‘God talk‘ from. She‘s very human and her writing is gorgeous. (edited) 3y
tholmz @BibliOphelia Absolutely. Well said and I‘m glad you relate! 3y
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I take a break from current reads every evening to read a chapter in the tagged book. Anne Lamott has kept me sane during the chaos in the world over the last couple of years. Hot cocoa helps, too.

wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 your mug! 3y
HufflepuffGirl90 Absolutely love your mug!! The Little Prince is amazing!! 3y
RadicalReader @goodbyefrancie I always love a mug of hot cocoa when reading such simplistic perfection 3y
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AnansiGirl Love your little prince mug 😍 3y
Sweetkokoro That mug is absolutely adorable! I love The Little Prince. 3y
Aaronlisa That mug is awesome 3y
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Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, even you.

We definitely need to unplug now and then and reset ourselves 🙂

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Some parts are better than others, but overall it‘s a good book. Insightful, thoughtful, hopeful, and real.

“...we are fused with people when we hate the. We‘re not us anymore. We become like them.”

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"Almost everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, scared, and yet designed for joy."

Love this. Happy Monday, #littens. Photo is my fat Lola in her natural habitat. #CatsofLitsy

Crazeedi My kitties love boxes too! So adorable ! 3y
Velvetfur Pretty puss! 💜 3y
AmyG Anne‘s the best! 3y
Leftcoastzen 😻 3y
LauraBeth 😻😻 3y
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Grace, hope, grief, love, and so much more. This hits exactly the right notes. It made my soul happy.

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#sundayfunday @sebrittain

Almost Everything, Anne Lamott
Ten Steps to Nanette, Hannah Gadsby
The Diary of a Bookseller, Shaun Bythell
The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers, Terri-Lynne DeFino

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Three hours in the service department this morning to fix a couple of minor things on my car. Good thing I was prepared. #Ibroughtabook #IReadAnywhere #AlwaysBringABook

Ruthiella Well done! A few months ago the same thing happened to me and I only had my e-reader and THE BATTERY DIED 😂 Lesson to self: have a back up book! 3y
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Lauren.Archer
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There is a lot to ponder with this essay collection. I could probably read this several times and get something different out of it each time.

minkyb That is so true of all her writing! 3y
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Grabbed this from the library, maybe I can knock this out tonight.

OrangeMooseReads Love her 3y
jillrhudy She rocks and I highly recommend this book 3y
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Beautiful. Balm for the soul. And I love it when I find the perfect bookmark. #inspiration

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“Scientists say we are made of stars, and I believe them, although my upper arms look like hell. Maybe someday the stars will reabsorb me. Maybe, as fundamentalist Christians have shared with me, I will rot in hell for all eternity, which I would hate, because I am very sensitive. Besides, I have known hell, and I have also known love. Love was bigger.”

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Jodi Picoult and Annie Lamott both on C-SPAN2 today 😃

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I seem to need a good dose of Anne Lamott about as often as she releases a new book. I certainly needed this one, with its very Lamott-ish thoughts in defense of hope and against hate. 💚✨

AmyG I love her. 4y
Blueberry Watching her right now on C-SPAN2 on BookTV. 4y
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Every Anne Lamott book that I read has me feeling “oh come on” at the beginning and “oh wow OK yes” at the end. Her books model life‘s trajectory: skepticism, belief, repeat. She is at once our best friend and our pragmatic counselor, tough love and lots of hugs and laughter. If you‘re not more hopeful by the end of this book, you need to reread it. And isn‘t the cover gorgeous? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Deborah42 I had this in my hand at the bookstore this morning. I should have added it to my stack (but I was trying to be good). 4y
Suelizbeth @Deborah42 I admire your restraint. 🙂 4y
Deborah42 @Suelizbeth I‘m regretting it now. 4y
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Candid and caring, insightful and sometimes hilarious, Almost Everything is the book we need and about the place hope holds in our lives.

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UwannaPublishme
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Anne Lamott has a new book coming out in mid October and one of her tour stops is in my neighborhood. Be still my heart! 😍❤️🙌🏻

AmyG Oh, I love Anne. You are so lucky to see her! 4y
UwannaPublishme @AmyG Yay Anne 🙌🏻 I've seen a few of her talks on video and they're priceless. Looking forward to reading this book too. 4y
PurpleyPumpkin Ah lucky you! Sounds like fun. I haven‘t read any of her books, but they look really interesting. 👍🏽 4y
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UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin I may have to send you one of her books, if you read nonfic. 😊 4y
PurpleyPumpkin I‘ve gotten into nonfic in the last few years. If you have recommendations, I‘d love to hear them! I think our tastes are often quite similar. 🙌🏽 4y
UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin I have a feeling when I read this one, it will be the first I recommend. 😁Stay tuned! 💕 4y
minkyb Oh, how I wish I could see her. She is a breath of fresh air! 4y
UwannaPublishme @minkyb She sure is! ❤️🙌🏻 4y
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