Book Club: We Talk to Writer Anne Lamott About Love, Family, and Forgiveness

Happier Podcast Book Club

In this Happier Book Club episode, we discuss Somehow: Thoughts on Love  by Anne Lamott.

Anne Lamott is the author of many New York Times bestsellers. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

Here’s the description of Somehow: Thoughts on Love:

“Love is our only hope,” Anne Lamott writes in this perceptive new book. “It is not always the easiest choice, but it is always the right one, the noble path, the way home to safety, no matter how bleak the future looks.”

In Somehow: Thoughts on Love, Lamott explores the transformative power that love has in our lives: how it surprises us, forces us to confront uncomfortable truths, reminds us of our humanity, and guides us forward. “Love just won’t be pinned down,” she says. “It is in our very atmosphere” and lies at the heart of who we are. We are, Lamott says, creatures of love.

In each chapter of Somehow, Lamott refracts all the colors of the spectrum. She explores the unexpected love for a partner later in life. The bruised (and bruising) love for a child who disappoints, even frightens. The sustaining love among a group of sinners, for a community in transition, in the wider world. The lessons she underscores are that love enlightens as it educates, comforts as it energizes, sustains as it surprises. 

In the course of our wide-ranging conversation, we covered questions and topics such as:

  • Why she decided to write about love
  • How she writes both fiction and non-fiction
  • How she thinks about humor–she’s so funny
  • How her own writing process has evolved over the time since Bird by Bird

One listener asked how Annie and I know each other—through my college roommate, Megan, who appears in Annie’s first book, Hard Laughter. Here’s the photo of us as bridesmaids together.  


She mentions the site A Writing Room, “a place for writers—and those who want to be.”

Anne Lamott’s Try This at Home: Keep going outside, no matter how busy you are.

 Remember: Whenever it is and wherever you are, there’s always a book waiting for you. 


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