What the book's about: Stitches: A handbook on meaning, hope, and repair contains celebrated author Anne Lamott's reflections following the shootings in Newtown, CT. As it's subtitle suggests, it's a book about meaning, hope, and repair.
Why I read this book: Some friends and I were privileged to go to Anne's book signing for Stitches, where we heard her speak about this book. It somehow sat on my shelf for the next year until I returned home from being hospitalized after a pregnancy scare and realized reading a book about hope might do me good.
My favorite quotes from the book:
- "'Why' is rarely a useful question."
- "Death is not necessarily the enemy, or the end of the story."
- "There can be meaning without having things make sense."
- "Comfort and isolation are not where the surprises are. They are not where hope is. Hope tends to appear when we see that all sorts of disparate personalities can come together."
Thumbs up or thumbs down? Thumbs up
Who I'd recommend this book for: Although this is not my favorite Anne Lamott book, I'd still recommend it for fans of hers as well as anyone looking for hope.