Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year by Anne Lamott Paperback Book


Rent Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year

Author: Anne Lamott

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Random House Inc

Published: Mar 2005

Genre: Family & Relationships - Parenting - Child Rearing

Retail Price: $16.95

Pages: 251


The most honest, wildly enjoyable book written about motherhood is surely Anne Lamott's account of her son Sam's first year. A gifted writer and teacher, Lamott (Crooked Little Heart) is a single mother and ex-alcoholic with a pleasingly warped social circle and a remarkably tolerant religion to lean on. She responds to the changes, exhaustion, and love Sam brings with aplomb or outright insanity. The book rocks from hilarious to unbearably poignant when Sam's burgeoning life is played out against a very close friend's illness. No saccharine paean to becoming a parent, this touches on the rage and befuddlement that dog sweeter emotions during this sea change in one's life.

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