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Preview — Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
I needed this book right now, with all it’s one-lines that make me laugh out loud. You should have seen me last evening, lying in the grass outside my church (it was only in the 70s yesterday, and today, with a light breeze - perfect grass lying weather) and laughing like a maniac. I’m sure all the Amish people who came by in their buggies must have thought I was nuts.
So this book is the journal that Lamott kept during her...more
Anne Lamott writes all the gritty details of the thoughts that go through any sleep deprived parent's mind, but we aren't ever brave enough to admit them, sometimes not even to ourselves.
Having already read about some crazy lady (Anne Lamott) wondering if she could leave her baby out in the cold and see if that whole "survival of the fittest" thing would work out, I was far more...more
When you pick up this book you tend to think it's about her son's first year of life right? You know, the whole "Journal of My Son's First Year" in the title and all. Well... no.
It's a hidden agenda for her political rants. And that...more
On a personal level...
As a mother, I could really relate to her emotions as they ran the gamut from adoration to exhaustion.
As a Christian, I could really relate to her dependance on Jesus and her faith to get through just about everything.
As a personality, I could hardly relate...more
It was a very fast read. And for once I don't only mean that I whipped through the pages very quickly (3 hours). I mean it was fast-paced and I felt like I had to speed-read to keep up. It was an interesting feeling, being whipped through...more
I love this book. I love this author. I love the honesty of this approach. I love a parent that doesn't buy into the idea that a good parent keeps their damned mouth shut.
I love the viewpoint from a parent of a cholicy child (even if her child did start sleeping through the night fairly e...more
She has a book about writing called Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life that sounds interesting; I might look it up. Operating Instructions is presented in the form of a journal, excerpted from the personal journal she kept during her first ye...more
It's written as if it really were Lamott's journal, and maybe that's true. But I didn't like the structure because it jumped around between different subjects and moods too much.
I only gave it two stars mostly because I was uncomfortable about the way...more
What is not so good? The language...too often, and...more
As much as I loved this book, I feel like it was written for a person like me: a liberal, slightly neurotic, spiritual mom. If you're not all four of these things, you might end up hating this book a little bit, or maybe even a lot.
One thing I...more
Nope--that is NOT her style.
I started loving her more and more as the book progressed, but this passage made me catch my breath, and warrants a quote here:
"The slow pace and all this rumina...more
In theory, I should like her. Like me, she is a female writer, a mother, a liberal, a Christian. Every negative review I found for this book was someone complaining about her political &...more
Operating instructions is based upon a journal kept by the author during the first year of her son's life. The book was originally published in 1993. The book preserves the journal format entries by date. At the time Lamott had her son, Sam, she was a published but still poor author of about 35 years. She had also become sober and stopped using drugs 3-4 years before her pregnancy. The father of the child had urged her to get an abortion and wanted nothing to do with the child. Lamott considere...more
Which is why I fell in love with so many of Anne's hilarious recollections of being in the trenches of new motherhood. On her son's colic at the one month mark: "The exhaustion, the sleep deprivation,...more