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Author: Anne Lamott Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9780593149843
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The New York Times Bestseller from the beloved author of Bird by Bird, Hallelujah Anyway, and Almost Everything

Mattie Ryder is marvelously neurotic, well-intentioned, funny, religious, sarcastic, tender, angry, and broke. Her life at the moment is a wreck: her marriage has failed, her mother is failing, her house is rotting, her waist is expanding, her children are misbehaving, and she has a crush on a married man. Then she finds a small rubber blue shoe—nothing more than a gumball trinket—left behind by her father. For Mattie, it becomes a talisman—a chance to recognize the past for what it was, to see the future as she always hoped it could be, and to finally understand her family, herself, and the ever-unfolding mystery of her sweet, sad, and sometimes surprising life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Messy, brave and weirdly lovable...a substantial literary pleasure.”—New York Times Book Review

    "Moving and funny, fetchingly irreverent and soulful, Blue Shoe is an absolute joy."—Chicago Sun-Times

  • ”Everybody loves Anne Lamott...[she] writes with an emotional shorthand that’s instantly decipherable and funny to anyone who’s had children—or parents.”—The Christian Science Monitor
  • Irresistible...Lamott has created a work full of shaggy, truthful charm."—San Francisco Chronicle
  • ”Glorious...After reading Blue Shoe, you feel as if you had sat on the kitchen floor and talked with the author late into the night about your mothers, your bodies, your lovers, and God. And that, in a nutshell, is the minor miracle of Lamott’s writing.”—The Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • ”Philosophical, honest, and poignant, Lamott writes about real life and how it goes on, through good and through bad.”—Boston Herald
  • ”The novel’s effect on the reader is profoundly springlike: It is tonic.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Anyone who's ever had a heartache—or a family—will relate to Anne Lamott's poignant novels."—Rosie Magazine
  • Blue Shoe is a gift you will want to give yourself."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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  • 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 | 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. "

About the Author

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 audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of multiple Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, she teaches college in her home state of Michigan.