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Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
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Apr 08, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: basement-laundry-room-series, humor, memoir, nonfiction
Read from March 31 to April 08, 2012

I can't believe how much I liked this. Anne Lamott's memoir of her first year as a single mom was hysterical, touching, and most of all, real. I initially picked this up for a friend who is a single mom and ended up reading a little bit of it to make sure it was right for her; then I was hooked. Lamott has mastered the dark arts of sarcasm and self-deprecation and her doubts and insecurities are so palpable, you want to reach through the book to give her a pat on the back. It is easy to envy her strong web of support and sometimes you wonder if she is on the receiving end of the loving largesse of her family and pals just a bit too much. But overall I would recommend this book, even if you are childless and generally snooze through the interminable stories that people with kids sometimes foist upon you. Really, if all those "aren't my kids adorable?" stories were only half as funny as these...

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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Hoenig Have you read any of her writing books? I have not read any of her stuff, but am always impressed when I hear interviews with her.

Lori I read Bird by Bird a hundred years ago, but picked it up again this week. I've never met anyone who didn't love that book.

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