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Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year Paperback – Mar 8 2005
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The most honest, wildly enjoyable book written about motherhood is surely Anne Lamott's account of her son Sam's first year. A gifted writer and teacher, Lamott (Crooked Little Heart) is a single mother and ex-alcoholic with a pleasingly warped social circle and a remarkably tolerant religion to lean on. She responds to the changes, exhaustion, and love Sam brings with aplomb or outright insanity. The book rocks from hilarious to unbearably poignant when Sam's burgeoning life is played out against a very close friend's illness. No saccharine paean to becoming a parent, this touches on the rage and befuddlement that dog sweeter emotions during this sea change in one's life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Magazine columnist and novelist Lamott ( All New People ) captures both the poignancy and comedy of her first year as a single mother in this wonderfully candid diary. Her quirky humor steadily draws the reader into her unconventional world as she describes her friends and neighbors in northern California, her participation in a local church, her experiences as a recovering alcoholic and--best of all--her infant son, Sam, born in 1989. She covers maternal emotions from rapturous bliss to bare fury ("In the middle of the colic death marches, I end up looking at the baby with those hooded eyes that were in the old ads for The Boston Strangler "). Throughout, she airs her strong political and religious beliefs. And when her best friend, Pammy, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Lamott conveys her anguish with the same depth of feeling and sense of the absurd that characterize her observations about her son, God, recovery, writing, Republicans, men and life as usual. Even non-parents will enjoy this glowing work.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Lamott captures uniquely all of these motherly emotions and experiences, the good and the uproariously less saner ones. She nails down perfectly the doubts and the frustrations and the madness and the sheer amazement of it all.
"It's mind-boggling that my body knows how to churn out this milk that he is growing on. The thought of what my body would produce if my mind had anything to do with it gives me the chill. It's just too horrible to think about. It might be something frogs could spawn in, but it wouldn't be good for anything else. I've had the secret fear of all mothers that my milk is not good enough, that it is nothing more than sock water, water that socks have been soaking in, but Sam seems to be thriving even though he's a pretty skinny little guy. I'm going to have an awards banquet for my body when all of this is over."
Lamott's talent is to take the everyday and wrap it in a self-effacing humor that is refreshingly real.Read more ›
Anne Lamott writes about her first year of single motherhood and her magnificent yet extremely trying baby boy, Sam. She's brutally honest about the good and the bad. If you have fluffy powder blue and pastel pink images of parenthood, brace yourself for some shattered illusions. Her nutty family, endearingly loyal friends, eccentric church congregation, and Marin County community of slightly off center characters create a real pageturner. Anne Lamott takes us on a privileged journey into her very peculiar mind. Despite what she claims in one paragraph, it really is a fun place to visit. Also woven through the story is the sorrowful tale of the failing health of her best friend. Be prepared to gobble this book up in one sitting.
_Operating Instructions_ is an uncompromising story from the true trenches of parenthood. There's no idealized "What to Expect..." nonsense here. Also, Anne is a Christian but is a radical, liberal, defiant one. For those of you who have somewhat narrow ideas about what it means to be a Christian, take a look at Annie...she'll twist your mind around like a pretzel. Some people may find Lamott's leftwing politics and theology offensive. Also, parents should be warned that this book contains very coarse language.
I first read this book when I was still single and had no children. I was hooked! Years later when I was pregnant with my son, I pulled it back off the shelf and used it almost like a reference book...a glimpse of things to come!Read more ›
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Great book and it helps mom's feel like they are not alone or terrible people if they sometimes want to throw the baby. She was amazingly honestPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
OK, so they might not have a lot of time to read if they are REALLY NEW new moms. Give it to them, anyway. This is a MUST READ. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2005 by ThomsEBynum
I enjoyed this book much more than the "Girlfriend's Guide". It's funnier and more intelligently written. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Lisa L
I absolutely loved this book!! It was so sweet, and yet so honest that you almost felt like you were going through the first year of motherhood with the author. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by L. Dunn
A friend sent me this book when I was pregnant, but I didn't get around to reading it until after my son was born. Read morePublished on May 31 2004
I am the mother of a 3-year-old son. I remember thinking I was the only mother who was going crazy, the only one who didn't crave having a child, immediately bond with him, and... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Moon Goddess
My mother gave me this book recently, when I learned I was pregnant. I really enjoyed it, although some parts of it alarmed me (especially Lamott's description of her baby's... Read morePublished on April 5 2004
I wore out my first one, rereading it so often. I read it for the first time while I was pregnant, and have read it again a couple times a year since. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004
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