I started Ann Lamott’s book Traveling Mercies when I was feeling very indulgent. I was having a bad week, and I wanted to read something that would be soul food, but enjoyable. It ended up being both, more than I could have imagined. When I found out that Lamott wrote a book on writing, Bird by Bird, I ordered it immediately. It came today, and I’ve been sneaking breaks to read it all day today. I’ve heard Lamott say that there are books that are so good, you don’t really care how bad your day is, because you know at the end you’ll get to lie down and read. That’s a pretty good description of how much I’m enjoying her stuff.