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
That's the see-saw Lamott puts you on and you are fairly disappointed when the last page is turned.
I loved how she solemnly declares that her baby's got "testosterone poisoning" Him being a boy and all. If that doesn't get you in splits, then you're a robot. It's also a bit sexist, but she does balance se...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
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
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
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
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
pages 84-85 on saying no to party invitations
page 85 "that beautiful old movie by Vittorio de Sica. A Brief Vacation
page 166 ". . . and I thought about how great a few hundred lines of cocaine would feel. I kept remembering that old...more
What is not so good? The language...too often, and...more
You see, I was looking through the parenting books, and came across this one. Aidan was in full on meltdown, when I turned to a page that mentioned something about the feeling a mother *really* has when her baby is colicky, and I knew this was the book for me.
Thankfully, it's an easy read. Good for nibble re...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
What Lamott did was courageously and honestly document the first year of her son's life with his milestones from her perspective. Lamott is not only a single mother, but is also a recovering addict. Because of those two factors and her lack of income at the time...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