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3.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 5 3.06 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Lamott Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597100960
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Mattie Ryder is a marvelously funny, well-intentioned, religious, sarcastic, tender, angry, and broke recently divorced mother of two young children. Then she finds a small rubber blue shoe—the kind you might get from a gumball machine—and a few other trifles that were left years ago in her father's car. They seem to hold the secrets to her messy upbringing, and as she and her brother follow these clues to uncover the mystery of their past, she begins to open her heart to her difficult, brittle mother and the father she thought she knew. And with that acceptance comes an opening up to the possibilities of romantic love.

In a disarming blend of everyday life and the sublime, of reverence and irreverence, and of humor and grace, Anne Lamott speaks directly to our most closely held concerns, bringing comfort to anyone—all of us—whose family life can feel overwhelming and uncontainable.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 2/15/2014

    " Anne Lamott's strength is not fiction, but I sent this to my cousin's wife who is a tennis buff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/13/2014

    " I just love Anne Lamott. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martha | 2/10/2014

    " Nothing good to say about this one, sorry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 1/27/2014

    " Lamott tries to be soulful and quirky, but her writing is just quirky. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sneha | 11/12/2013

    " rather disappointing, but i don't regret reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 11/8/2013

    " The first third of the book was deadly dull - merely this happened and then that happened - but slowly the characters took shape, the prose became more poignant, and there were many moments of insight. By the time I was half-way through, I could not put the book down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 10/12/2013

    " Some good, some bad. A quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/8/2013

    " I am giving this book 3 stars, because i know i read it but still i remember very little of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 9/20/2013

    " I loved this book. Messy,wonderful, not a perfect family. It hit home because of the "my Mom is getting old" theme. Her writing is very lyrical and filled with great imagery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corrine | 9/18/2013

    " I like Anne Lamott's books. This is the first novel of hers that I have read and it was an interesting read (but I still like her essays more). She has captured the life of someone who is raising children at the same time as she is dealing with an elderly parent. I would recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Maxwell | 7/26/2013

    " Love her style of writing, she made me laugh out loud over just the most ordinary things that happen in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/6/2013

    " A little weird but I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/28/2013

    " I found this to be a frank and quietly christian view of broken marriages and their impact on the generations that follow. Lamott is courageously honest and humble in a way that, according to some of these reviewers, seems to strike a little too close for comfort. Good work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 9/18/2012

    " I really liked this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marni | 8/19/2012

    " Was an ok read. Didn't leave me wowed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/19/2012

    " I love the characters: they are real and flawed but totally lovable. However, the plot is too slow for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 4/2/2012

    " It held my interest enough to finish it but that's about it. It kind of skipped around and things were mentioned but nothing ever came of it making me wonder why it was even mentioned. Just not my kind of book I guess "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/30/2012

    " A candid story narrated by someone I can easily relate to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/26/2012

    " More than half way...and as always, cant say anything bad about Anne...just know there is 'language' involved while reading her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/6/2012

    " Love Anne Lamott. Her books are smart, funny, and real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aida | 10/26/2011

    " it was worth the late nights...something that gives hope even to the most cynical. easy read, good for the soul. sometimes quite zexy but down to earth "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ann | 8/21/2011

    " well written, quirky characters- not necessarily believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 8/15/2011

    " Loved the writing, but found the protagonist intolerable. Also found the children's dialogue to be really inauthentic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/14/2011

    " I always enjoy Anne Lamott. Solid read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 6/13/2011

    " I thought it would be unfair to review this book because I thought it probably just wasn't my kind of thing, but then I read another review that said more or less what I thought. I really liked the sound of this book, and the idea of it, but for me none of it rang true and it just didn't work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 6/12/2011

    " I am giving this book 3 stars, because i know i read it but still i remember very little of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monet | 5/28/2011

    " A light read before bed. I'm a huge fan of Lamott's non-fiction...but I wouldn't recommend this book to many of my more literary friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 5/17/2011

    " Well written, real characters. Bit of a downer, however- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soma | 4/26/2011

    " Amazing book so far.
    Great quote: "when God is going to do something wonderful, it starts with something hard, and when God is going to do something exquisite, He or She starts with an impossibility." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valerie | 4/3/2011

    " Ugh. I couldn't read this...the rats are quite noisy quite early on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/17/2011

    " This book is about a neurotic woman and her family and friends, and her issues with her mother and her deceased father. I found it a fascinating read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daisy | 2/12/2011

    " I've lived 44 years and have been reading for 39 of them. This is the only book I've ever thrown in the trash. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 2/9/2011

    " Kind-of quirky, but, a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/30/2011

    " Sometimes life is really hard, but you get through it. Kids are the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 1/10/2011

    " Anne Lamott's strength is not fiction, but I sent this to my cousin's wife who is a tennis buff. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, among others. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.