All New People Author:Anne Lamott 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 parents-a writer father an... more »d 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 culture's 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.« less
I like Lamott's writing style and in this case it felt like she had lived some of my life! Could not put the book down - good page turner! Can't wait to read a few more of her books - and get them into circulation with PBS.
I loved this book! LaMott has an easy sort of candor that moves the story along at smooth pace. The characters and the way she introduces them reminds me very much of Grace Paley's characters, they have good common horse sense, but are faulty and humorous as well.
This book is an interesting stream-of-consciousness-type book. At first I found it slightly difficult to follow, but I think that was my fault because I was only reading a few pages here and there. Once I got to know the characters better, I found that I could get more into their lives. Anne Lamott's writing is descriptive without being flowery or syrupy, and I did enjoy this book. I would recommend this if you enjoy memoir-type fiction, especially books as told from the point of view of a young child.
Anne Lamott is at her best with this story of a girl's growing up experiences in a fairly dysfunctional family. As with just about all--if not all--of Lamott's books, fiction and nonfiction, the story has much of Lamott's own story woven throughout.
This piece brings a sense of compassion and forgiveness toward the child in all of us, as well as an awareness of the means of grace that come to us through our family members and community in spite of their failings.
A beautiful story, sensitive, insightful, compassionate, tightly woven.