A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair

By Anne Lamott

Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9781594632587, 96pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

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.

About the Author
Anne Lamott is the author of six novels including, Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, All New People, and Crooked Little Heart, as well as three best-selling books of non-fiction, Operating Instructions, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, and Traveling Mercies. Anne Lamott has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she has taught at UC Davis, as well as at writing conferences across the country. Lamott's biweekly Salon Magazine online diary Word by Word was voted The Best of the Web by Time magazine. Filmmaker Freida Mock (who won an Academy Award for her documentary on Maya Lin) has made a documentary on Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird with Annie (1999). Her latest novel is The New York Times bestseller, Blue Shoe.