• Stitches

  • A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair
  • By: Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by: Anne Lamott
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (434 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best seller from the author of Dusk, Night, Dawn, Hallelujah Anyway, Bird by Bird, and Almost Everything.

What do we do when life lurches out of balance? How can we reconnect to one other and to what’s sustaining, when evil and catastrophe seem inescapable? These questions lie at the heart of Stitches, Lamott’s profound follow-up to her New York Times - best-selling Help, Thanks, Wow. In this book Lamott explores how we find meaning and peace in these loud and frantic times; where we start again after personal and public devastation; how we recapture wholeness after loss; and how we locate our true identities in this frazzled age. We begin, Lamott says, by collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric and sewing them back together, one stitch at a time. It’s in these stitches that the quilt of life begins, and embedded in them are strength, warmth, humor, and humanity.

©2013 Anne Lamott; 2013 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Lamott’s...most insightful book yet, Stitches offers plenty of her characteristic witty wisdom…this slim, readable volume [is] a lens on life, widening and narrowing, encouraging each reader to reflect on what it is, after all, that really matters.” (People)

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Lifesaver for me

I got this book when I was going through a really difficult time (death, betrayal, general ugliness), and I not exaggerating when I say that some days I listened to this over and over. I loves me some Anne Lamott!

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Great spiritual book!

I really enjoyed this book as it was spiritual but without overt denominational influence. It was very inclusive and had a good heart to it. I definitely recommend it to anyone.

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voice was a challenge

I think this book had a good message. It was hard to stay focused as the author's voice was flat and awkwardly paced. It felt like hours of run on sentences, resulting in otherwise cute stories and clever thoughts falling flat. This is definitely one of those books that should have been narrated by someone else.

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Emotional B-12 shot.

Anne and my dogs keep me afloat. Love it that she narrates her own books.

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Like book

I liked the book content but I didn't care for her reading voice. It was too monotone.

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Boring, boringer, oh my god, really?

The narration on this book is too fast, I tried slowing it to x.75 but it seemed even more robotic. I couldn't get into this book whatsoever. I am asking for a refund. I was so full of hope for this book being an answer to my current place of hopelessness. Maybe I'll get a hard copy from the library and see if I can READ it.

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Surprisingly, Ms. Lamott is weak as a narrator.

Would you consider the audio edition of Stitches to be better than the print version?

No.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stitches?

I can't remember much other than how surprised I was at Ms. Lamott's narration style.

What didn’t you like about Anne Lamott’s performance?

She is among the most uninspired and uninspiring narrators I have experienced. Her monotone and too rapid narration takes all the life out of her beautiful prose. It was as if she just wanted to get through it as fast and with as little effort as possible.

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A fine narrator would have made this fine collection of exquisitely written and inspiring stories a joy to experience.

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Not what I expected

The narrator was interesting and I liked that it was the author. However, I had hoped to pick up some info on how to handle what the book title suggests. Instead, I grew bored and struggled to finish listening. It was a more of a personal account of hardships the author had endured losing friends to cancer, etc. Not what I had expected.

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Anne Lamott is good for what ails you

I like everything this woman writes. She has much to say that we need to hear. Deep spiritual content, humor, empathy, etc. It's all there. Please read her. You will be glad you did.

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Can’t wait to hear her in person!

Love the way Anne tells the story. Her use of words makes my heart feel safe and heard. I get to see her in Denver in October!