20 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott


This was an interesting read, a friend lent me the book. It had a lot of “god” in there, but beyond that, the story rang true. I think anyone who has ever had a newborn can relate to a lot of her thoughts and stories. I do wonder how Sam is doing now, he would be what? 18 or so?

I have to say that any staunch republicans would probably not like it as she’s also got quite a bit of politics in here. But I think people have to remember that reading a memoir is like reading someone’s journal. They are going to be offensive and sometimes even mean. I think if they aren’t then the memoir is entirely too watered down.

She does drone a bit and gets lost in the text at times. I don’t know that I would give this one to a brand new mother, but as a mom of a 5 and 8 year old, I found it interesting to “think back”. A good read.


It’s not like she’s the only woman to ever have a baby. At thirty-five. On her own. But Anne Lamott makes it all fresh in her now-classic account of how she and her son and numerous friends and neighbors and some strangers survived and thrived in that all important first year. From finding out that her baby is a boy (and getting used to the idea) to finding out that her best friend and greatest supporter Pam will die of cancer (and not getting used to that idea), with a generous amount of wit and faith (but very little piousness), Lamott narrates the great and small events that make up a woman’s life.

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