Anne Lamott Biography


Type: Novelist

Born: April 10, 1954


Anne Lamott is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. She is also a progressive political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her nonfiction works are largely autobiographical. Marked by their self-deprecating humor and openness, Lamott's writings cover such subjects as alcoholism, single-motherhood, depression, and Christianity.



  • Hard Laughter
  • Joe Jones
  • All New People
  • Crooked Little Heart
  • Blue Shoe
  • Imperfect Birds


  • Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
  • Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
  • Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
  • Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
  • Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son
  • Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
  • Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair
  • Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

Anne Lamott Quotes

...most of the time, all you have is the moment, and the imperfect love of the people around you.

You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

Laughter is carbonated holiness.

The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines.

Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?

I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.

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