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All New People

by Anne Lamott

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This is vintage Anne Lamott -- and I'm a big fan of Anne Lamott. The territory and characters will be familiar to her fans -- coming of age in California at a time and place when children are sophisticated and adults are childish; where even the pets are flawed (the old dog is gassy and the young ones are neurotic); where development is taking over the history and charmof the area; where family members are full of quirks, addictions, angst of so many kinds -- and yet manage to show love and grace. Anne Lamott seems to be speaking about various characters in her own life, her father, for instance, and her own son Sam becomes the brother in the novel, and the mother seems to be an amalgam of herself and her mother, her best friends appear, and Nanny is surely Anne. God and faith are leading characters, as well as Nanny/Anne's unlikely hair. ( )
  MarthaHuntley | Mar 26, 2008 |
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With generosity, humor, and pathos, Anne Lamott takes on the barrage of dislocating changes that shook the Sixties. Leading us through the wake of these changes is Nanny Goodman, one small girl living in Marin County, California.. With generosity, humor, and pathos, Anne Lamott takes on the barrage of dislocating changes that shook the Sixties. Leading us through the wake of these changes is Nanny Goodman, one small girl living in Marin County, California.A half-adult child among often childish adults, Nanny grows up with two spectacularly odd parentsa writer father and a mother who is a constant source of material. As she moves into her adolescence, so, it seems, does America. While grappling with her own coming-of-age, Nanny witnesses an entire cultures descent into drugs, the mass exodus of fathers from her town, and rapid real-estate and technological development that foreshadow a drastically different future. In All New People , Anne Lamott works a special magic, transforming failure into forgiveness and illuminating the power of love to redeem us. With generosity, humor, and pathos, Anne Lamott takes on the barrage of dislocating changes that shook the Sixties. A half-adult child among often childish adults, Nanny grows up with two spectacularly odd parentsa writer father and a mother who is a constant source of material. As she moves into her adolescence, so, it seems, does America. While grappling with her own coming-of-age, Nanny witnesses an entire cultures descent into drugs, the mass exodus of fathers from her town, and rapid real-estate and technological development that foreshadow a drastically different future.In All New People , Anne Lamott works a special magic, transforming failure into forgiveness and illuminating the power of love to redeem us.

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