Sunday, July 23, 2006
71. "Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith" ~ Anne Lamott
If you are a writer, you must know of the author Anne Lamott via her amazing work, Bird by Bird. Nearly all of us have confessed to writing "shitty first drafts," a term coined by Lamott (which I steal frequently).
Plan B is the nonfiction version of a sequel to Tender Mercies. Didn't read it, so I didn't know what to expect.
If you like dreadlock wearing, hippy-dippy, left-wing radicalism, kid-loving-hating, Bush-bashing, Jesus-adoring essays, then, man, have I found the book for you.
Lamott's essays made me laugh. Made me angry. Made me throw down the book and say, "Blagghh." Made me bored. Made me irritated. Made me hungry (for chocolate, of which she refers to in 13 of her 24 essays).
While I appreciate her absolute dedication to honesty, did I need to know that I have a cellulite-ridden belly to look forward to when I'm fifty years old? Or all the ways that she's a Christian, yet hates - in a visceral, throat-ripping way - George W.? And while I realize she is a master at writing, or at least is portrayed as such, didn't her editors notice that the majority of her poignant essays ended with a sappy metaphor of light? I get it. Don't beat me over the head with any of your books, already.
1.75 out of 5.0 Barely-a-floats.
Posted by Kristin at 6:40 PM