Anne Lamott has always been honest about the messiest parts of her life, from addiction to parenthood. Now, in her 20th book, she reflects on the beautiful—and complicated—realities of love.

About Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott photographed by her son

Anne Lamott photographed by her son / Sam Lamott

Anne Lamott is the author of twenty books, including the bestsellers Bird by Bird and Operating Instructions. Her most recent book is Somehow: Thoughts on Love. Lamott is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame. She lives in Northern California with her family. She is also a Sunday School teacher.

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