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Anne Lamott Books

Updated on September 19, 2013

Anne Lamott, Humor Writer

Anne Lamott is the author of seven novels and six nonfiction books. She writes with self-deprecating humor and honesty about charged topics and simple every day life.

I saw Anne Lamott in Colorado speak at a Jefferson County Library event in Lakewood. She is as funny in person as she is on the page. And just as neurotic.

Photo of Anne Lamott's famous book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life courtesy of Amazon.

Anne Lamott Biography

Anne Lamott is a fiction novelist as well as the writer of nonfiction books on topics such as child-rearing and faith. Lamott's latest book is Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son. Her newest novel, Imperfect Birds, was published in Spring 2010. Lamott was born in 1954 in San Francisco. As a child, she played tennis and that theme runs through many of her novels.

She attended Goucher College in Maryland but dropped out to write. She has written book reviews for Mademoiselle, was restaurant critic for California magazine, and has written essays for According to an interview with Powell's Books, Lamott states she is an alcoholic and has been sober since 1986, which has influenced her writing in skill and topic. Lamott taught writing at UC Davis.

Anne Lamott - Check out her dreads

Help, Thanks, Wow! - Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

Some Assembly Required - by Anne Lamott

I recently read Some Assembly Required and really enjoyed it. It was a tad heavy on the religious/spiritual parts for me but loved it all the same.

Her take on becoming a grandmother was spot on: The wonder of it all and how doggone tired you are after a few hours with a grandchild!

Anne Lamott Nonfiction Books

Anne Lamott's nonfiction books and their years of publication:

~ Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year, 1993

~ Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, 1995

~ Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, 2000

Word by Word, 2004, is an audiobook by Anne Lamott of how to slow down and write better.

Anne Lamott's Writing Style

Lamott writes with wit and insight on sometimes mundane, every day occurrences like being a single mother and the big topics that many people ponder and discuss, like politics and religion.

Her humor and wisdom are evident in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, when she described developing characters: "You are going to love some of your characters, because they are you or some facet of you, and you are going to hate some of your characters for the same reason."

Lamott writes about loss in her books, which is evident from several of her books. Her first novel, Hard Laughter, was written for her father who had brain cancer and died four months after she completed it.

When Lamott was interviewed by about her book Grace (Eventually) and was asked what grace was to her, she replied, "Grace is that extra bit of help when you think you are really doomed... Grace is not something I DO, or can chase down; but it is something I can receive, when I stop trying to be in charge."

Anne Lamott's Early Novels

Anne Lamott's early novels and the year of publication:

~ Hard Laughter, 1980

~ Rosie, 1983

~ Joe Jones, 1985

~ All New People, 1989

Hard Laughter: A Novel
Hard Laughter: A Novel

I think this is my favorite novel of Anne Lamott. It's funny and pure.


Anne Lamott's Latest Novels

Anne Lamott's later novels and the year of publication:

~ Crooked Little Heart, 1997

~ Blue Shoe, 2002

~ Imperfect Birds, 2010

Anne Lamott's Essays

Anne Lamott is opinionated. She is Liberal with a capital L. She's a self-professed "Jesus lover." And she is funny.

More of Anne Lamott's Nonfiction Books

Anne Lamott's later nonfiction books and years of publication:

~ Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, 2006

~ Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, 2008

~ Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son, 2012

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      6 years ago

      Loved Bird by Bird. Haven't read any of her novels yet, but plan to.

    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image


      6 years ago from McLaughlin

      Anne Lamont sounds like an author I need to get to know! Thanks for introducing her.


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