Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

Anne Lamott, Author, Anne Lamott, Read by Random House Audio Publishing Group $25 (0p) ISBN 978-0-375-40597-6
Lamott (Bird by Bird) reads a collection of her autobiographical essays, each a heart-wrenching detailing of a life grown up in a world of obsessions: food, alcohol, drugs and relationships. She tells of her childhood and early adulthood in Tiburon, Calif., where she started drinking and drugging young in a permissive 1960s-era disheveled household. The title essay, ""Traveling Mercies,"" dwells on things ""broken,"" such as her body, when she became a bulimic. Lamott's writing is honest and direct, and in her reading she presents her words with emotional insistence. She recalls episodes from her life with vivid ferocity, noticing how ""everything felt so intense and coiled and M bius strip-like."" As she has a son, sobers up, her search for awareness turns spiritual. The sum effect comes across like a hipper version of Melody Beattie's self-help classic, Codependent No More. Simultaneous release with the Pantheon hardcover. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/04/1999
Release date: 01/01/1999
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