Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace (Hardcover)

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Anne Lamott is back! I read her latest book of essays on a plane to India. To write about Anne pales in comparison to reading her. About a peace march in San Francisco, she writes, "My favorites were the people dressed as sheep on stilts, who resembled huge silver masked-ball aliens, with horns and curly tinsel wool, like puppets that Louis XIV might have commissioned. No one had any idea why they were sheep, or why they were on stilts. Maybe they were peace sheep, and maybe they just wanted to see better."

Anne succeeds, at least for me, because she sees herself completely -- with unflinching and hilarious honesty that helps me be willing to see and accept myself. Like a best friend, she alchemizes ordinary life in a way that made me want to hang out reading her all day. I laughed and cried, then I read the book. Just kidding, that's a Steve Martin joke. I love The Anne! -- Mia W.

— From February 2015

December 2014 Indie Next List

“Thank Annie's god for her continued willingness to share the obvious, the hazy, and the crazy with us. This collection of new and selected essays is such that her 'old' stuff sounds new, and Small Victories becomes a refresher course in why we love Annie's books and her advice ' fall in love with your own crazy, ruined self.'”
— HOPE W MAYS, Bookmiser, Inc., Roswell, GA


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.

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 us--our 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 New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594486296
ISBN-10: 1594486298
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: November 10th, 2014
Pages: 286
Language: English