90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Anne Lamott On Coming Back After Tragedy

Best-selling soul-keeper Anne Lamott on finding meaning and healing in a frazzled age.

Anne Lamott. Her new book is "Stiches: A Handbook On Meaning, Hope and Repair." (Penguin Books)

Best-selling author Anne Lamott. Her new book is “Stiches: A Handbook On Meaning, Hope and Repair.” (Penguin Books)

Best-selling and beloved author Anne Lamott calls life “erratic, beautiful and impossible.” There is so much that makes us happy, that is incredible and joyful in life. But sometimes, life punches us in the gut. And it hurts—a lot and for a long time. Death, illness, national tragedies—they can tear our lives apart. And it doesn’t seem fair, or right. How we deal with these moments, how we make it through—that can define us, she says.  In her new book — “Stitches”— Anne Lamott discuss how to cope with grief and hard times. Up next, On Point: Anne Lamott on dealing with the tough and the sad.

Guest

Anne Lamott, best-selling author of many books, including “Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair,” “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life,” and “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.”  Follow Anne Lamott’s book tour here. (@AnneLamott)

From The Reading List

Huffington Post: What Author Anne Lamott Says When She Talks To God — “‘It’s very easy for me to see God in my backyard with the dogs and the very bitter cat that I call my own,’ she says. ‘But when someone’s sick, when you get the bad phone call, when someone’s heard from the doctor, when the appearance of life is very, very shaky … it throws me completely off my game. It throws me for a loop. I think, ‘This can’t be right.””

New York Times: Anne Lamott: By The Book — “I like to read away as much of the afternoon as possible, until real life rears its ugly head. During the day, I read on the couch in the living room, and tend to read nonfiction or The New Yorker during this time. Then I am in bed by 11 p.m. and read for an hour or so, often a novel. Sometimes I also sneak into the guest room to read in the early evenings — although since I live alone, sneaking from room to room is just a personal preference.”

Read An Excerpt From “Stitches: A Handbook On Meaning, Hope and Repair” by Anne Lamott

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Sep 18, 2014
Flickr/Steve Rhodes

After a summer of deadly clashes between Gaza and Israel, we talk to Jews on the left and right about the future of liberal Zionism. Some say it’s over.

Sep 18, 2014
(Flickr/AisleTwentytwo)

Billionaires. We’ll look at the super super rich, and their global shaping of our world.

RECENT
SHOWS
Sep 17, 2014
Bob Dylan and Victor Maymudes at "The Castle" in LA before the 1965 world tour. Lisa Law/The Archive Agency)

A new take on the life and music of Bob Dylan, from way inside the Dylan story. “Another Side of Bob Dylan.”

 
Sep 17, 2014
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson watches from the sidelines against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of a preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP/Ann Heisenfelt)

The NFL’s Adrian Peterson and the emotional debate underway about how far is too far to go when it comes to disciplining children.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Talking Through The Issue Of Corporal Punishment For Kids
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

On Point dove into the debate over corporal punishment on Wednesday — as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson faces charges in Texas after he allegedly hit his four-year-old son with a switch.

More »
2 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: September 12, 2014
Friday, Sep 12, 2014

In which you had varied reactions to the prospect of a robotic spouse.

More »
Comment
 
Beverly Gooden on #WhyIStayed
Friday, Sep 12, 2014

Beverly Gooden — who originated the #WhyIStayed hashtag that has taken off across Twitter — joined us today for our discussion on domestic violence.

More »
1 Comment