Sometimes you just need ice cream – on reading Anne Lamott


For at least 20 years I have heard the refrain “I can’t believe you haven’t read Anne Lamott.” I have heard this from a wide variety of people – young, old, male, female, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Agnostics. You get the picture. One of my oldest friends got tired of saying it and sent me a copy of her book DUSK NIGHT DAWN – On Revival and Courage. I am grateful that he did. The book finally made it to the top of my tsundoku and, really, it was like ice cream. Like ice cream on a really hot day. Satisfying and filled with goodness. And hope. A feeling that we may make it out alive.

Another slim book, at barely 200 pages, even though it is rife with emotion it is an easy read. A lovely balance of tears and laughter. Lots of love. Lots and lots of love. For example –

Hope springs from realizing we are loved, can love, and are love with skin on. Then we are unstoppable.

I like that. Like reading that, like thinking that. So, if the day is hot and smoky, if the state of our world/culture/planet is wearing you down, if you wonder if maybe we are doomed, have some ice cream, read some Anne Lamott. She will remind you that life is a gift and that love is everywhere.

Is there a bingo square for reading a writer that has been recommended to you for over two decades?

3 comments on “Sometimes you just need ice cream – on reading Anne Lamott”

  1. I would have been one of those friends urging you to read Anne Lamott. I’m so glad you gave her a try. She is a breath of fresh air and spreads lots of hope and love with a great sense of humor about life–especially her own. i love her books. I’m glad you are part of her fan club. “Like ice cream on a really hot day” is the perfect tribute.

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  2. I’m glad you finally got around to reading some Anne Lamott — I enjoyed Bird by Bird a lot, which was the first book I read by her. She has a distinct voice that carries through her books, I think. I also read Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy — the concept of radical kindness is something that stuck with me from that book.

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