Lamott explores how we find meaning and peace when life lurches out of balance; where we start again after personal and public devastation; how we recapture wholeness after loss; and how we locate our true identities in this frazzled age. We begin, Lamott says, by collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric and sewing them back together, one stitch at a time.
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When I picked up this book, I did not realize that it was a follow up to Lamott's last book "Help, Thanks, Wow". Unfortunately I haven't gotten to read that book yet although I
The title of the book is Stitches, and that is also the theme of the book. She uses the metaphor of stitches throughout the entire book, showing how lives can be torn apart and stitched back together. The end result won't be perfect but it will be beautiful.
This book is less than 100 pages and can easily be read in a day or two depending on your personal reading habits. I wish it was longer, I was left wanting more.
I would recommend this book to fans of Anne Lamott's memoirs, but I would also recommend reading "Help, Thanks, Wow" first.
Anne Lamott's 'Stitches' is a laid back, low key dissertation on survival. How does one justify the tragedies and injustices of modern life? Are there words of wisdom that can get us through the bad times?
Lamott gently shares her own coping
Life is hard and then you die. Consider Lamott a guide on the path to making that life worth the effort.
There are no easy answers. But if life is truly worth living, then each of us does need a path through its dark moments.
Though this wasn't my favorite Lamott book, you can still count me in on her next one.
Lamott begins this little book while reeling from the Sandy Hook school shootings and trying to find her way back to hope the same way she did while recovering from alcoholism, and after 9/11, and after other personal and public tragedies. Her way is
[T]he secret of life is patch patch patch. Thread your needle, make a knot, find one place on the other piece of torn cloth where you can make one stitch that will hold. And do it again. And again. And again. [...] Ram Das, who described himself as a Hin-Jew, said that ultimately we’re all just walking each other home. [...] Only together do we somehow keep coming through unsurvivable loss. [...] This is all that restoration requires most of the time, that one person not give up.
In size and format and compassionate tone, this little book is very much like Lamott’s previous Help Thanks Wow. In content, it’s perhaps a prequel to that volume -- a way to awaken from trauma to the point of asking for help. It’s extremely comforting ... a book that reads and rereads like a meditation.
Anne provides some tools. Through anecdotal stories and unashamed candor, she tells it like it is for her...and with that she gives us something to hang on to in the midst of all of it...she gives us hope.
I have loved Anne Lamott's writing for years. I have read her advice to fellow writers, her novels and her other memoirs. She delivers each time...with authenticity and humor. She says what we may whisper in the "silence of our hearts" and we sit back and say..."I can't believe she really said that!"
A short book, "Stitches" can be read through quickly and also picked up quickly in the midst of an emotional emergency! Again, thank you Anne Lamott!
This is a very short work and can be read in a couple hours. I enjoy Ms. Lamott and believe you can't tell the quality of a book by its length. This one, however, I felt lacked meat and didn't get beyond platitudes, although, as usual, Ms. Lamott has some very nicely turned phrases.
I could have read this book in a few hours, but I took my time, reading in bits and pieces so I could ponder how succinctly she can sum up some of life's most heartbreaking scenarios and realities; and how she, and we all stitch together our lives, patching as we go, leaning on others and being leaned on in return. It is a guidebook for getting through life, even when you think you can't bear any more. This tiny book is a lovely sewing metaphor for life, written by a woman who knows well how the fabric of life can wear and tear, how dearly beloved people come and go in our lives, and how we patch and mend and darn and we go on, because that is what we do.
I know I will read this book again. It is full of grand observations, helpful coping hints and surprising optimism.
I'm not sure how well this condensed Anne world view will translate for a novice reader. For me, reading more about Pammy, Sam, all main characters who are woven into all her earlier works was like visiting with old friends, and I loved, understood and got every page of Stitches. For the die hard fan, this is a must read and re-read book.
These questions lie at the heart of Stitches, Lamott’s profound follow-up to her New York Times–bestselling Help, Thanks, Wow. In this book
It’s in these stitches that the quilt of life begins, and embedded in them are strength, warmth, humor, and humanity.