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Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
 
 

Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year [Kindle Edition]

Anne Lamott
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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.

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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.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow -- thanks. 8. April 2000
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Taschenbuch
As I write this, I am around 33 weeks pregnant with my first child -- a child who is also an "accident" and also a boy. Especially because I didn't plan to have kids at this particular moment in my life, as soon as I found out I was pregnant I raced to the bookstore (typical response for me) and started buying books -- on pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, anything I could get my hands on that would make up for what I didn't know. A friend recommended this book along with a pile of others, and eventually I picked it up on one of my innumerable trips to the pregnancy/parenting section of a local bookstore. By then I knew a lot of the basics on all that pregnancy and childbirth stuff, but this was the first and remains the only book that really helped me imagine what it will be like to have a child. A lot of men and women I know have a hard time imagining interesting, intelligent, dynamic people like themselves and those they know as parents. It was wonderful and emotional to hear from an interesting, intelligent, dynamic woman about her own experiences with parenting as a surprise life choice. The woman has GUTS. Particularly in terms of admitting her own struggles and failures in parenting and it is a tremendous relief to feel like you can screw up and move beyond it as a parent. She had a lot of hard times, but her story of Sam's first year made me connect to my soon to be born child in a way that nothing else did -- finally, I could really imagine what I, with all my failings and closet skeletons, could be like as a parent, and how much I might love it. I can't wait to find out now, and her book (which I have read and reread during the course of my pregnancy) has helped that feeling along immensely.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sure it's a must-read, and yet... 17. Dezember 1999
Von JANE
Format:Taschenbuch
I really appreciate this lady's intelligent bluntness about religion, early motherhood and getting over big mistakes, and God, she writes so lyrically when she wants to--but she whines and whines and WHINES about how damaged and insecure she is, and the impression of self-absorption this leaves mars the book. We don't get the pleasure of inferring who the author is from how she reads her beloved son and others (and with a writer this good, what a pleasure that would be!); instead, we get to hear all about the author, all the time. There's no fun or subtlety in that, and the attention-seeking involved is a little sad.
The wonderful parts of this book come when she runs into things that are too big for her and her need for attention, and she just makes a song of it all--just plays that honest voice and that big heart, which are really such amazingly fine instruments when she lets them be. The very worst parts are when she gets tired and very clearly settles for just blathering out something that she thinks might amuse and sound confessional at the same time. That is NOT so very honest. Where was the editor?
It's perfectly obvious that Lamott is way bright, strong enough to sober up, a loving mother who provides her child with shelter, love, family and faith, a genius at friendship, and an honest-to-God literary success. If she ever realizes that she is, in fact, highly competent, maybe she'll shut up about it and do some more of her really great writing. Then she'd almost certainly be among the best we've got.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very eye-opening to women!!! 21. Dezember 1998
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I have to say that this is an author that I never give up on reading. I will find myself reading Lamont's works time and time again.
Anne Lamont was introduced to me for the first time during a Writing Fiction class by Carol Frome at Plattsburgh State University in NY state. I have recently become an english major(consentrating in writing) and purchased this book along with Rosie. The first book I was ever drawn into was Bird by Bird which we all were asked to read in this english class. My first reaction was that "I haven't laughed that hard in a long time". The second was that this was a phenominal writer with great abilities and a gift to tell the world life's ups and downs. This book led me to have the same reaction. Lamont deals with serious and complex issues, things I have yet to learn about at 22 years old. The thought of children scared me until I read this book. The joys of childhood and infants is overwhelming to me but at the same time a bit easier to digest with the help of Lamonts insights to the tricks of the trade. I really am intrested in reading other books by this author so if anyone has any encouraging words about her works, please feel free to email me!!! :) And to Anne, please keep writing because through all my tough writing blocks as a senior writer, I look to your words to get me through!!
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This book is a pleasure to read. Fast, nervous, searching--it's a great reassurance to any woman experiencing the very real demands of pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering.
Lamott is a self-confessed non-superwoman--preoccupied with Sam in the early months of his life, it is as much as she can do to brush her teeth, let alone get out of bed. Writing, her life's work? She obviously misses it, but for a few difficult months, even as she is sole-breadwinner for her little family--she just can't get up the energy to do it. The reader knows that she finished this book, that she kept on writing--but the reader also understands that for a certain time period Lamott was paralyzed by her new experience.
The book is very obviously adapted from a real journal--prior to Sam's birth, she worries about the fact that he is male. She worries about his alien genitals, and goes for circumcision because it's obviously what she likes in a man, as much as it is for any health reasons. These worries fade once Sam is born, replaced by the reality of colic, poop, and struggle for a balance between "Sam-time" and "Mom-time." It shows Lamott's talent as a writer that this sequential experience of changes in her baby's life comes as a strength, not a weakness.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Must Even for Non-Moms
Those of us who have yet to be mothers may be turned off by the subject of Operating Instructions, but I can assure you that Lamott can delight Moms and non-Moms alike. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Juli 2000 von TKP
5.0 von 5 Sternen Hilariously funny and deeply touching
In "Operating Instructions," Anne Lamott gives a day-by-day, hysterically funny, portrait of her son's first year. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Juni 2000 von Sophia
5.0 von 5 Sternen A must-read for anyone having (or who has ever been) a child
Operating Instructions is a wise, funny, sad, and above all, heartbreakingly human book. Anne Lamott has captured the joys and anxieties of new motherhood in down-to-earth, fluid... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. Juni 2000 von Julia Sullivan
4.0 von 5 Sternen Essential reading for parents to be
As a soon-to-be dad, I found this book eye-opening. A refreshing change from all those sweet, bubbly memoirs on parenting. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 18. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Even for non-mothers!
This is one of the most important books I've read (and re-read) because Lamott is so truthful about what every single day, good and bad, is like. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Mai 2000 von "katiellen"
5.0 von 5 Sternen It's nice to know I'm not the only one who felt this way!
I think the people that gave this book a negative review missed the point that it's a journal...it was what Anne Lamott was thinking as she was going through her son's first year. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 27. April 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Hilarious and Honest!
This book is incredibly funny at times. Lamott is very honest about herself and how she feels. I don't believe she unjustly tramples on other people. She's telling her experience. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 3. März 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen This should be mandatory reading for EVERY teenager!
When I say EVERY I mean men and women. They might think once or a thousand times before deciding not to use birth control.... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 16. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Real life
Anne Lamott is truly one of the most gifted writers of our time. She is funny, true blue, strong, and opinionated, poignant, and totally, disarmingly honest. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Februar 2000 von "yankee76"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Hilarious and True Adventures of First Time Mother
Anne Lamott is a gifted writer. This book combines humor and gritty reality to tell the spiritual experience of the first year in her son's life. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Februar 2000 von Sally Thorp
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