Friday, May 13, 2011

Shout Out to Sarah and Hard Laughter

Hard Laughter by Anne Lamott
Weight: 14 oz
Method of Disposal: Donating. I just took this and a box of books to the Decatur Library (GA) for their may sale. If you have any to donate they are collecting until May 21st.

This book was first published in 1979. This is the 15th printing, and I had no idea until just now. To me, this book is being 16. It is meeting Sarah Graham-Adkinson at the Waldenbooks in the mall and later working with her. It is pink hair, reading while walking, riot grrrl, and a red VW Beetle. Sometimes, it was watching Queer as Folk (rented from Hollywood Video) all night long or laughing about the use of “canoodling” in Valley of the Dolls, the movie. It was around the year 2000. I could go on, but I will spare you.

Sarah recommended this book to me and, at the time, it had me hysterical. There were a couple points where I laughed myself into tears. Something about Shiva? I never re-read it, but there were times later when I would try to read favorite parts out loud to someone else, and they just didn’t seem funny anymore. I am not going to revisit it. It is probably still great, but I do not want to risk tainting the memory.

I love you, Sarah!


  1. Aww. I love you too, babe. Are you sad to see it go? I would be.

  2. I am very sad. I left it in a box at the Decatur Library cause they are collecting for their May sale. It was hard to walk away, but when I came back to my car the stack had multiplied. There were two more boxes of books from two different people stacked with mine. That was kind of exciting. Luckily, I still have you so all is well.