With disarming familiarity, Anne Lamott tackles what most don’t like to consider. Her honest writing helps us make sense of life’s chaos.

Why you should listen

Anne Lamott hooks into our common experience and guides us to an understanding infused with openness. An activist, former alcoholic and Sunday School teacher, Lamott uses humor to weave through loss, parenthood, faith and the cancer diagnosis given to her best friend, in beloved books like Bird by Bird and Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. She says, "Hope begins in the dark ... 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."

Her next book, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, was released in April 2017.

What others say

“Lamott ... isn’t writing to placate a particular group. She's addressing herself to anyone who's ever awakened in the morning with no clue about what happened the night before, to people who understand that sarcasm, pettiness, self-centeredness and doubt can peacefully coexist with a love for whatever divinity you worship.” — SFGate

Anne Lamott’s TED talk