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Anne Lamott’s Unlikely Faith

Novelist Anne Lamott chats with the Boston Herald’s Lauren Beckham Falcone on the occasion of her new book, GRACE (EVENTUALLY): THOUGHTS ON FAITH. She’d been feeling tense of late about touring prospects for the book but the recent midterm elections brightened her mood, as does the possibility of reaching readers with her ruminations on a faith-based life she struggled hard to reach. “I think a lot of the stuff I write is recognizable to people,” she said to Falcone. “I write about the stuff I am really struggling with, the stuff I believe is universal. I think people feel so alone and so stuck and uniquely worried and neurotic. We’re all in the same soup.”

Lamott describes herself as an “unlikely Christian” who writes “lousy first drafts” and freely admits to having a mix of confidence and neurosis. “What can you say when someone calls you with a scary or heartbreaking prognosis? You say that we don’t have to live along with our worries and losses; that all the people in their tide pool will be there for them. You say that it totally sucks, and that grace abounds. You can’t say things will be fine down the road, because that holds the spiritual authority of someone chirping ‘No worries!’ at Starbucks; or my favorite, ‘It’s all good!’ at the market. It’s SO not all good. And I’m worried sick.” But that honesty bodes well not just in life, but in publishing, too…

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Daddies Dish the Dirt on Parenting

Trust the Boston Herald’s Lauren Beckham Falcone to craft a trend piece out of Neal Pollack‘s just-published memoir ALTERNADAD, Steve Almond‘s daddyblog for Nerve and other upcoming books like MACK DADDY: MASTERING FATHERHOOD WITHOUT LOSING YOUR STYLE, YOUR COOL AND YOUR MIND. Because – guess what! – daddy diaries are the new mommy memoirs, as the millennium’s first-time fathers confront the ultimate antidote to cool – a kid. “I’ve never been lumped into a genre,” said Pollack. “When I turned my blog into a daddy blog, I got this sense that there was a vast universe out there with similar concerns and interests.”

Of course, fatherhood led to bestsellers by Bill Cosby and Paul Reiser in the late 80s and early 90s, but as Publishers Weekly’s Karen Holt points out, “what you’re seeing now is the genre of the cool dad – people who always thought they were much too cool to be parents – trying to figure it all out. There’s a built-in conflict that makes for an interesting book.” But will the trend be successful, or will it suffer the same fate as its fictional cousin, lad lit? Holt admits the latter trend “didn’t work” but “this is more of an authentic experience that appeals to an older man in his 30s and 40s. It’s also a way for all of those men out there breaking new parenting ground – the hipster who still goes out, who has a career, who is a good father. They can see themselves reflected in books.”