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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Help, Thanks, Wow comes an honest, funny book about how to make sense of life's chaos.

What do we do when life lurches out of balance? How can we reconnect to one other and to what's truly important when evil and catastrophe seem inescapable?

These questions lie at the heart of Stitches, Anne Lamott's captivating follow-up to her New York Times best-selling Help, Thanks, Wow. In this book, Lamott explores how and where we find meaning in our modern, frantic age, especially after personal and public devastation; how we recapture peace and balance after loss; and how we locate our spiritual identities in these frazzled times. We begin, Lamott says, by collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric and sewing them back together, one stitch at a time. It's in these stitches that the quilt of life begins, and embedded in them are strength, warmth and humanity.

©2013 Anne Lamott; 2013 Penguin Audio

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  • Teresa
  • TRINIDAD, CA, US
  • 11-12-15

Lifesaver for me

I got this book when I was going through a really difficult time (death, betrayal, general ugliness), and I not exaggerating when I say that some days I listened to this over and over. I loves me some Anne Lamott!

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Emotional B-12 shot.

Anne and my dogs keep me afloat. Love it that she narrates her own books.

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Great spiritual book!

I really enjoyed this book as it was spiritual but without overt denominational influence. It was very inclusive and had a good heart to it. I definitely recommend it to anyone.

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Boring, boringer, oh my god, really?

The narration on this book is too fast, I tried slowing it to x.75 but it seemed even more robotic. I couldn't get into this book whatsoever. I am asking for a refund. I was so full of hope for this book being an answer to my current place of hopelessness. Maybe I'll get a hard copy from the library and see if I can READ it.

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  • MJ
  • 05-11-14

Loved it

This is one of Anne's best. As she gets older, her insights into the human condition (along with her empathy and compassion) gain depth and become more illuminated, though her trademark dry humor is no less present. The unifying theme/metaphor of stitching together that which has been torn apart weaves its way through this short collection of essays and gains power as the book unfolds...by the end, I was ready to start listening all over again.

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  • EC
  • Reston, VA, United States
  • 12-03-13

Surprisingly, Ms. Lamott is weak as a narrator.

Would you consider the audio edition of Stitches to be better than the print version?

No.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stitches?

I can't remember much other than how surprised I was at Ms. Lamott's narration style.

What didn’t you like about Anne Lamott’s performance?

She is among the most uninspired and uninspiring narrators I have experienced. Her monotone and too rapid narration takes all the life out of her beautiful prose. It was as if she just wanted to get through it as fast and with as little effort as possible.

Any additional comments?

A fine narrator would have made this fine collection of exquisitely written and inspiring stories a joy to experience.

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A balm

This book has helped me through periods of deep grief. It’s been foolproof as far as I can tell for helping me find some peace, some gratitude, some humor, to begin to consider it possible to make meaning of senseless pain and tragedy.
I’m hauling it out tonight as I’m faced with loss. Getting out the needle and thread, feeling the ragged edges where life was rent today.

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not exactly a handbook but still good

I enjoyed it very much and found it to be soothing to my soul although it felt like it was wandering and much less of a "handbook" than I expected.

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A friend in times of need

As a caretaker for an elderly arthritic husband and a terminally ill daughter, I devoured my hardcover edition of Stitches as a source of solace. I then secured the recording. After a challenging day, when I can't drop off to sleep, Anne Lamott's voice and words are quieting. (As someone whose mom taught her to sew, I enjoy her references: to the fabric of family, friendships and community, etc.) Enjoy!

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Like book

I liked the book content but I didn't care for her reading voice. It was too monotone.