"I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse, even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites on the windowsill in the kitchen," Anne Lamott writes at the beginning of her latest book, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Divided into short chapters that explore life's essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward.
Which books have given Lamott hope (or at least a diversion) over the last year? See her picks and why she chose them below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites. For even more recommendations, learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.
This novel is SO amazing. It’s the kind of book that fills you with jealousy that you’ll never write anything that good, but it also makes you really grateful and relieved that someone else did.
Dopesick is a breathtaking, riveting account of the opioid epidemic in America, in small towns and big cities. It is so sad, but this book gives me hope, as truth and brilliant writing always do.
This is a rich and entertaining novel about a woman, a seeker, whose life, existence and relationships are all centered around a devout Buddhist mediation practice in Boston—until they aren’t. I couldn’t put it down.