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Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
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I really liked the first half of the book, covering the first 6 months of Sam's life. Those days were written about feelings common to most new moms (even ones that have been through the newborn stage before), and the humor was easily accessible -- at least to those having been there. After that, I found the author's thoughts on raising her son to be somewhat pat and repetitive, and I lamented the lack of description on how she was balancing her new writing assignment with raising her son as a single mom. I realize that her thoughts (as put on paper in the journal) would probably not detail those parts of her life, but repeatedly going over the anxiety of her friend's cancer seemed to overshadow whatever positive things were occurring with respect to raising the infant. In that respect, getting through the last half of the book was like reading someone's diary and I found much less humor or connection with the author, although I myself have watched someone close to me suffer through chemo.
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DeAnna It has been a while since I read this, but I agree with your comments. I do think it is a great book for moms to be because, you are right...it is such an accurate picture of the shock, the drudgery and the joy...all of it. My big complaint was that she talked about god too much, in a way that wasn't really moving, just kind of annoying. Which made me not relate to her very much. I understand that she is religious and this is my issue, not a very valid criticism.


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