Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son
In Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter of her own life: grandmotherhood.
Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at nineteen, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax's life.
In careful and often hilarious detail, Lamott and Sam-about whom she first wrote so movingly in Operating Instructio...more
Okay, I get it: it's a memoir. I hate it when I have nothing nice to say about a memoir, because I feel like I'm being mean to the actual people IN the memoir, and three of the main characters in this memoir are very young: Lamott's son Sam, Sam's girfriend Amy, and their little boy. Lamott's memoir is subtitled "A Journal of My Son's First Son," but irritatingly, it is hardly that; rather it is a journal of a weirdly self-absorbed and controlling grandmothe...more
I really, really wanted to like this book. I read Anne Lamott's earlier book, Operating Instructions, and loved it. It was a raw, intimate tale of a woman raising a child on her own, and the community she built around her. It was a messy, honest account of Lamott's own, personal story.
Some Assembly Required, on the other hand, feels like Lamott is telling someone else's story. Her 19-year old son and his girlfr...more
I don't know what happened.
This book disappointed me in so many ways. Her black-humored self-absorption seems in this book to have turned into epic narcissism. And yet she's self-aware enough to recognize it as narcissism and offer...more
LaMott’s great talent is in transporting the reader to her geographical, spiritual, or emotional realm. She details her experience traveling in India, and you feel you are there. She speaks of her sentiments...more
Some Assembly Required, taken on its own merits, is an interesting and sometimes-beautiful reflection on one rather neurotic person's experience of new grandmotherhood. (It is not, like its predecessor, hilarious.) The author's relationship with this new role...more
I read Operating Instructions a bit before I was pregnant with #1 and appreciated it, and now I'm reading this a bit before I have #2 and a...more
Bad news for my kids - Anne Lamott has made me want grandchildren. I always promised myself I wouldn't pressure them to have kids of their own, but would it be so much to ask, really? One grandchild? Maybe not until one of them is older than 19, the age at which Lamott's son, Sam, became a father. Yeah, definitely not until they're older than 19. Though it sounds as if Sam didn't do a half-bad job during the year that's recorded in this book.
"Some Assembly Requ...more
She's just a hilarious storyteller. Like stand up comedy, in print.
It seems like this book got a lot of negative feedback due to the author writing quite a lot about herself when she promised a journal of her son's first son. I can understan...more
In this book, written almost like a diary with entries for most days over a one-year period, she is coming to terms with the fact that her 19 year-old son, Sam, and his girlfriend, Amy, are going to have a baby. Like most mothers, she is very concerned because they are very young, aren't married,...more
Like her earlier book about her son's first year, Operating Instructions, Lamott's more recent book about her grandson Jax's first year is in the form of a journal. Most of the entries are Lamott's voice, but some are in that of her son Sam's, a few are in voice of Amy, the mother of Jax. Sam and Amy were young by current standards, 19 and 20 respectively, when Jax was born. Sam was studying at a San Francisco art college; Amy had graduated from cosmetology school.
One of Lamott's greatest ta...more
An addition to this book is sections written by her son, Sam. Readers of Lamott’s books will be familia...more
Title: Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son
Description : Anne Lamott’s son Sam learned that he and his girlfriend, Amy, would become parents when Sam was just nineteen. Lamott, who wrote about Sam’s first year in Operating Instructions, continues the tradition here with the first year of her grandson Jax.
Writing style: Classic Lamott. She writes here in journal form, with dates as headings, rather than chapter titles. There are some passages written by other...more
That being said, she really can obsess excessively and go on and on about her issues--which in this book is mostl...more
This book deals with her son Sam's becoming a father, while still just a teenager himself, and her becoming a grandmother at an unexpectedly early age. Well, needless to say, she falls in love with her new grandson Jax at first sight. Then comes the challenge of letting her son and his girlfriend parent the new baby w...more