Anne Lamott



I’m reading April’s favorite author right now, although April doesn’t yet know that her name is Anne Lamott. As far as I know, April has never read anything by Anne Lamott, and neither have I, although I’ve had good intentions. I have, however, listened to a couple of podcast interviews with Anne while walking the park.

So how do I know Anne Lamott will be April’s favorite author? Because I know April. I know she only reads nonfiction, primarily in the sub-genres of self-help and spirituality, and Anne’s three most recent books are collections of essays on faith.

Anne Lamott’s first book in the collection is entitled Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith. It’s on my nightstand, but I haven’t read it yet.


Her follow-up book is Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith. This is the one I’m currently reading. Why the second book first? Because the library sent the hardcover of Traveling Mercies and the CD audiobook of Plan B. I finished my last audiobook, and Plan B was next in line.



Anne’s most recent book is Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith. Don’t have it yet.




So back to Anne and April. Anne is the most honest, blunt, self-deprecating, hilarious writer I have ever read. She is a carnival of contrasts. She loves Jesus, but she hates George W. Bush. She is a woman of prayer, but she cusses freely, even dropping the F-bomb in the first chapter of Plan B. She is a Presbyterian, but also a left-wing flaming liberal. A former druggie who founded a Sunday School in her church.

I could go on, but for now, enough said. You see, April is a woman of contrasts as well. She has a sharp tongue that will rip you to shreds when you’re wrong, but she will cry with you when you’re down, and she will be the first person to open her wallet when you’re in need.

April, meet Anne.

Postscript: One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Anne Lamott, although she gives credit to a friend. To read the quote, click here.

Published in: on August 22, 2007 at 6:50 pm  Comments (8) Correction

Thanks to the kindness and advice of a gentle, more experienced blogger, it is no longer necessary to navigate through the Nathan’s Uncle blog to locate a link to my favorite books. The link to my favorite books cataloged at can now be found in my blogroll listed in the sidebar, or you can just click here.

Published in: on August 2, 2007 at 11:07 pm  Leave a Comment

I recently found an amazing site called LibraryThing. com. It is a comprehensive site with many features related to books. Although it is possible to catalog your complete library, I plan to catalog just my favorite books. At the moment I only have a few titles listed, but I plan to work on it over the next few days to make the list more inclusive.

I had planned to link to my account through a sidebar widget on this site, then I discovered, after choosing WordPress as the host for this site, that it does not allow live links using JavaScript. Fortunately,, where my Nathan’s Uncle blog is hosted, does allow JavaScript links. I guess isn’t as computer savvy as WordPress. (Yes, you do detect a note of sarcasm in my voice.) So for now you will have to go in the back door to access my library.

To access Howard’s favorite books listed at, click my Nathan’s Uncle blog link and skim down to the My Library heading. Click on the “my library” link to access my catalog. If you click on any of the book covers it will take you to an Amazon page.

Published in: on August 2, 2007 at 3:51 pm  Comments (5)