Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

5 CDs. 5:30 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781611763706. $30. digital download. SELF-HELP
Lamott's (Bird by Bird) latest work attempts to guide readers to find the small moments of grace in their lives. The collection includes some new material but mostly comprises previously published works. The supposed theme of grace is only tenuously connected through the essays, and the selections feel rather random. Lamott narrates the audiobook herself, which perhaps heightens the perception of listening to a judgmental, self-centered, and somewhat whiny acquaintance.
VERDICT Dedicated fans will surely praise this collection, but for marginal fans or those new to the author, there is not much here to recommend. ["A must for all Lamott fans and a fine point of entry for newcomers," disagreed the starred review of the Riverhead hc, LJ 11/15/14.]
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