Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

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Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott earned every writers' respect with her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. After Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, her largely autobiographical style and self-deprecating wit earned her something of a cult following.

"I try to write the books I would love to come upon, that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness—and that can make me laugh...Books, for me, are medecine." — Anne Lamott

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