Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

Anne Lamott writes, "I think a lot of us felt saved
by the written word when we were young. We
were redeemed by literature. So a lot of people
write, or dream of writing, because books have
been such a gigantic help, such a source of illumination and
pleasure." Through her words, both written and spoken, Lamott
has connected with people worldwide concerning subjects as
important as alcoholism, motherhood, and the search for faith.

All of Lamott's works take a very honest, humorous look at
the subject in question. She gives a real perspective that helps
people see humanity in all of its sadness, frustrations, joy, and
compassion. Her works both inspire and provoke people to
contemplate their own values. Lamott is the author of five
novels: Hard Laughter (1981), Rosie: A Novel (1983), Joe Jones (1985), All New People: A Novel (1989), and
Crooked Little Heart (1997). She has also written three bestselling works
of nonfiction: Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year (1993), an account of life as a single
mother during her son's first year; Bird by Bird: Some Instruction
on Writing and Life
(1995), a guide to writing and the challenge of a
writer's life; and Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith (2000), a collection of autobiographical essays on faith.

Lamott has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship and has taught at UC Davis and at writing conferences
across the country. Lamott's biweekly Salon Magazine online
diary "Word by Word" was voted The Best of the Web by
Time. Moreover, filmmaker Freida Mock has made
a documentary on Lamott entitled "Bird by Bird with
Annie" (1999). Lamott appears at the Athenaeum as part of the
series Women and Spirituality sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.