New York Times "Bestseller
Lamott s most insightful book yet, "Stitches"offers plenty of her characteristic witty wisdom this slim, readable volume is] a lens on life, widening and narrowing, encouraging each reader to reflect on what it is, after all, that really matters. Read more...
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New York Times "Bestseller
Lamott s most insightful book yet, "Stitches"offers plenty of her characteristic witty wisdom this slim, readable volume is] a lens on life, widening and narrowing, encouraging each reader to reflect on what it is, after all, that really matters. "People"
What do we do when life lurches out of balance? How can we reconnect to one other and to what s sustaining, when evil and catastrophe seem inescapable?
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 Lamott explores how we find meaning and peace in these loud and frantic times; 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.
It s in these stitches that the quilt of life begins, and embedded in them are strength, warmth, humor, and humanity."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-10-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Lamott's (Help, Thanks, Wow) latest inspirational title explores how we can find significance in the face of pain or disaster. Readers are guided by an older, wiser Lamott than we met 20 years ago, when Operating Instructions was published. This narrator is not afraid to say that she has learned a few things, and that there are not "shortcuts to wisdom and self-knowledge… . I so resent this." This is also vintage Lamott: funny, brilliantly self-deprecating, and insightful. Characteristically, she ruminates about needing help to get through life, and about finding your family in a group of people who love you and who are not necessarily your blood kin. Indeed, faithful readers may be disappointed by the extent to which Lamott reprises earlier themes—as in Traveling Mercies, Lamott here quotes C. S. Lewis on forgiveness and says it is best to start with something small; she rehearses a vignette she previously told in a novel. Still, Lamott succeeds at using "some of Christianity's language and symbols" to offer spiritual truths that will reach beyond a church audience, and the delights of this new offering outweigh the frustrating repetitions. (Oct.)