Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair by Anne Lamott

Title: Stitches:  A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair
Author: Anne Lamott
Read by: Anne Lamott
Penguin Audio
Length: 1 hour and 47 minutes (2 CDs)
Source:  Review Copy from Penguin Audio – Thanks!

Stiches was unfortunately, an audiobook I could not finish.  I did listen to one CD, but could not compel myself to listen to the second CD.  I think it was because I was hoping for a book on meaning and hope, but instead found the audiobook to be rather depressing.  Driving back and forth to work during endless cold and snowy days, listening to Anne Lamott tonelessly discuss her friend’s untimely death from cancer, and her own inability to let go did not really inspire me.  I’m not sure if I needed to listen or read some of her other work first to feel inspired, but this audiobook did not catch me or make me want to listen to more.  What are your thoughts?  What am I missing with Anne Lamott?


  1. I've read a couple of Lamott's early books on her faith and liked them, and I love Bird by Bird, which I've read about 3 times. I can understand how this one could drag--sometimes a book can be good but just not the right thing to read at the time.

  2. I read Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith - really liked it. Sorry this one didn't work for you but that happens.

  3. I'm putting these two books on my "to-read" list. Thank-you for the suggestions. I will give Lamott another try!!

  4. Here's the thing, Laura: Anne Lamott's books are great, when you read them. But she should NOT be narrating her own books. A total drag, I agree with you.