Blue shoe

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Riverhead Books, Sep 1, 2003 - Fiction - 319 pages
21 Reviews

The New York Times Bestseller from the beloved author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies.

Mattie Ryder is marvelously neurotic, well-intentioned, funny, religious, sarcastic, tender, angry, and broke. Her life at the moment is a wreck: her marriage has failed, her mother is failing, her house is rotting, her waist is expanding, her children are misbehaving, and she has a crush on a married man. Then she finds a small rubber blue shoe—nothing more than a gumball trinket—left behind by her father. For Mattie, it becomes a talisman—a chance to recognize the past for what it was, to see the future as she always hoped it could be, and to finally understand her family, herself, and the ever-unfolding mystery of her sweet, sad, and sometimes surprising life.

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But I found Lamott's writing style so very irritating! - Goodreads
I always enjoy Anne Lamott's writing. - Goodreads
I feel like it's impossible not to enjoy her writing. - Goodreads
Operating Instructions is a fabulous book. - Goodreads
Some of the writing is downright confusing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Megan Anderson - Goodreads

Mattie Ryder adjusts to life with her children after divorce. Her life is falling apart around her: her house, her relationship with her mother and her children, her will power, and her finances are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

This is my first Anne Lamott book. I have many friends who like her. Sorry, but I had a hard time slogging through this one. Long ago I decided to give myself permission to abandon books I'm not ... Read full review

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Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; and Operating Instructions, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds, Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in northern California.

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