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Anne Lamott admits that she's "ever so slightly more anxious than the average hypochondriac." When faced with a small, irregular mole and a family history of skin cancer, however, she remembers her faith in God and enjoys some peace--despite behaving "a little more like Nathan Lane in The Birdcage than I would have hoped." Author Lamott reads these wonderfully detailed postcards from her meandering journey to faith. With sharp and bittersweet humor, she recounts a past full of bad relationships with men, with food, with drugs, with alcohol, and worst of all, with herself. She battles her demons thanks to the love of her friends and family and her "lurch of faith" to embrace religion, that "puzzling thing inside me that had begun to tug on my sleeve from time to time, trying to get my attention." Inspiring but not dogmatic, Traveling Mercies is a treasure. (Running time: 4 hours, 3 cassettes) --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Lamott (Bird by Bird) reads a collection of her autobiographical essays, each a heart-wrenching detailing of a life grown up in a world of obsessions: food, alcohol, drugs and relationships. She tells of her childhood and early adulthood in Tiburon, Calif., where she started drinking and drugging young in a permissive 1960s-era disheveled household. The title essay, "Traveling Mercies," dwells on things "broken," such as her body, when she became a bulimic. Lamott's writing is honest and direct, and in her reading she presents her words with emotional insistence. She recalls episodes from her life with vivid ferocity, noticing how "everything felt so intense and coiled and M?bius strip-like." As she has a son, sobers up, her search for awareness turns spiritual. The sum effect comes across like a hipper version of Melody Beattie's self-help classic, Codependent No More. Simultaneous release with the Pantheon hardcover. (Feb.)
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A good writer....I am 84 , probably old fashioned so don't care for the language used in some parts of the book.Published 3 months ago by Lorraine
This was a very depressing book to me. It sounded like it was the story of the author and her struggles.Published 13 months ago by Pete
I ordered this book, confirmed payment and it never showed up. I don't believe i was charged the 6 bucks it cost but was not notified of why the order did not go through by the... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2010 by 10186
I had high hopes for this book as it was highly recommended by a friend -- I was deeply disappointed. It's hard to tell what was more annoying... Read morePublished on March 12 2010 by Book Spy
This is the book that got me hooked on Anne Lamott. Most poignant and precious are the insights about life as a recovering alcoholic. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Wordmeisters
This book should be an eye-opener for anyone who is prone to believing in "cookie cutter christians"...
Read with an open heart. God will bless...
There are some great stories in this book but for the most part it is a testament to the author's complete self-centeredness.Published on April 9 2004