Anne Lamott is one of my few “Tyler Durdens” of writing: she writes like I wanna write, she’s smart, capable, and most importantly, free in all the ways that I am not.
Alright, the last bit is a stretch, but seriously, Anne isn’t just a great writer, she’s extraordinarily insightful, charming, funny, and honest, and I’m a huge fan. She’s one of the rare breeds of writers whose quirky mind and choice vocabulary can make just about anything interesting, and I thoroughly enjoyed Bird by Bird.
The title would lead you to believe it’s just about the art of writing, but it’s much more than that–it’s an endearing and heartening exploration of self-expression, finding love in your work, overcoming challenges, and leaving the world a little better than you found it.
This isn’t a book you just read. This is a book you come to know and love, and that you will return to when you need a laugh, a pick-me-up, a friendly reminder that everything is going to be okay.
This is a book that makes you a better person. It gets my highest recommendation.