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Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year Kindle Edition
|Länge: 273 Seiten||Word Wise: Aktiviert||Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert|
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Three years after giving up her addictions to drugs and alcohol, Lamott found herself pregnant-and single-at 35. The struggles she encountered with her new baby are so real and honest. She describes her love for him one day as being a feeling larger than anything she can describe-then the next day, being overwhelmed with the urge to leave him on the porch all night where his colicky cries won't reach her ears. All the while, she struggles to keep on top of her addictions, struggles with her spirituality, with the fact that Sam has no father in his life, with the loss of her own father to brain cancer, with money, and with her strong and conflicting emotions about motherhood. Finally, her best friend of over 20 years falls gravely ill, something that nearly shatters Lamott's faith. But through it all, she stays true, beyond all else. She is an amazing writer and person.
If you are a mother or want to be a mother, this is a must-read.
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.
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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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
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
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
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
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...Am 16. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
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
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
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
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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