Reviewed by Angie Stava
Children & Teen Selector, Librarian II, Central Library
San Diego Union-Tribune, May 23, 2021
This latest collection of essays by Anne Lamott, bestselling novelist and California native, does not disappoint. In each chapter, Lamott welcomes us into her messy life: her struggles with aging, relationships, sobriety, faith, wildfires near her home, missing pets, and the ever-present anxiety about disappointing everyone, including her long-dead parents. She delivers each story with insightful zingers and turns of phrase that make you laugh, stop and think, and commiserate with the struggle of just existing as a fellow human on this earth. The book itself is a smaller size, ready to be taken out when you have a few minutes waiting in line somewhere. It helps that the luxuriously soft paper is comforting to your hands, too. Above all, this collection of essays offers hope, from one flawed, damaged spirit to another. It’s the cathartic conversation with a best friend that you didn’t know you needed, plus a warm hug and maybe some hot chocolate.