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

Operating Instructions A Journal of My Son s First Year 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

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

  1. Anne Lamott is an author of several novels and works of non fiction Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her non fiction works are largely autobiographical, with strong doses of self deprecating humor and covering such subjects as alcoholism, single motherhood, and Christianity She appeals to her fans because of her sense of humor, her deeply felt insights, and her outspoken views on topics such as her left of center politics and her unconventional Christian faith She is a graduate of Drew College Preparatory School in San Francisco, California Her father, Kenneth Lamott, was also a writer and was the basis of her first novel Hard Laughter.Lamott s life is documented in Freida Lee Mock s 1999 documentary Bird by Bird A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott.

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  1. Anne Lamott is the epitome of the vitriolic, hateful liberal The catch is that she actually seems to realize it Throughout Operating Instructions, one finds scatterings of an understanding that there s something not quite consistent about preaching love, mercy, and non judgmentalism while simultaneously ripping apart Republicans as a group, actively training one s child to revile them, and comparing them to the greatest of evils She actually gets that there s something not quite right about runn [...]

  2. I teach at Creighton University, and so like most instructors was appalled when Lamott was disinvited, but never than after I read this book It s been a long time since I ve laughed out loud while reading a book, and longer since a book has provoked guffaws seriously, hearty laughter AND reflection, revelation, and grief Honest is a perfect word to describe this book, which bravely I think puts out there the concept that being a mother isn t always being 100% in love with your child, that it is [...]

  3. This is the best parenting book ever Right when you feel like you have hit the wall, Anne Lammott makes it OK to feel all the frustrations and pain as well as the awe and overwhelming love for your little offspring When my second child refused to sleep than 2 hours at a time for 3, count em, 3 months while I was working full timeI bought every book about getting your child to sleep that I could find I finally called in sick, sent my kid to day care, and read this entire book in one day between [...]

  4. A friend of mine gave me a copy of this book while I was pregnant, and he never knew what a favor he truly did for me.Anne Lamott writes all the gritty details of the thoughts that go through any sleep deprived parent s mind, but we aren t ever brave enough to admit them, sometimes not even to ourselves.Having already read about some crazy lady Anne Lamott wondering if she could leave her baby out in the cold and see if that whole survival of the fittest thing would work out, I was far forgivin [...]

  5. Hold your hats, folks I m about to get all over the top in this review.I needed this book right now, with all it s one lines that make me laugh out loud You should have seen me last evening, lying in the grass outside my church it was only in the 70s yesterday, and today, with a light breeze perfect grass lying weather and laughing like a maniac I m sure all the Amish people who came by in their buggies must have thought I was nuts.So this book is the journal that Lamott kept during her son s fi [...]

  6. This is not an empowering book This is a let me feel sorry for myself kind of book At some point, it has become hip and good writing to use profanity and say shocking things like I hate my baby While I acknowledge that feeling overwhelmed is very real for some mothers, especially those without a partner myself included in the latter category , reading Operating Instructions gave me a dark feeling, somewhat akin to the feeling that reading Dostoevsky causes minus the mastery of the prose Lamott d [...]

  7. This is a great, lovely book about having a newborn I had a blast reading it because I don t have a newborn any a three a half year old is a whole other flavor of getting your ass kicked it s easy to have fond feelings about G s babyhood that are based on totally false recollections Remember when we could just set him on the couch he couldn t go anywhere Remember when he took two whole naps a day Ah, such good times I am an idiot I was so constantly exhausted that my skeleton hurt, and while you [...]

  8. Oh how I wish I had read this book when my children were babies Then perhaps I would have realized I was not alone in finding new motherhood so hard while loving my children so unbearably much Annie Lamott just nails it.

  9. a few things were laugh outloud funny, a lot of things were kind of ridiculous Having a new little dude ourselves, certainly there were moments and events I could relate to, but the self absorbed self deprecating thing got really tiresome for me Also, yes, I get it, you belong to a predominately black church move on.

  10. My friend Michelle lent me this book after we were talking about feminist books about motherhood I haven t read anything by Lamott before, but after reading this one I definitely want to read of her books, both fiction and nonfiction She has a book about writing called Bird by Bird Some Instructions on Writing and Life that sounds interesting I might look it up Operating Instructions is presented in the form of a journal, excerpted from the personal journal she kept during her first year of mot [...]

  11. This was an Anne Lamott book that I had skipped for years and years, figuring I wouldn t appreciate it until I was a mom Well, I m glad I waited I definitely wouldn t have appreciated it as much if I hadn t been able to connect with the motherhood thing.As much as I loved this book, I feel like it was written for a person like me a liberal, slightly neurotic, spiritual mom If you re not all four of these things, you might end up hating this book a little bit, or maybe even a lot.One thing I real [...]

  12. Just finished this one this morning This was the kind of book that I resisted because everyone else kept telling me to read it Also, because I m writing a lot, I was afraid I d start writing like Lamott and BINGO I am Anyhow, that said, I m glad I ve read it The end is very sad, sadder because it is true Reading it also fulfilled that promise that you ll think about your own new motherhood and think At least I m not Anne Lamott I was going to give the book three stars instead of four because I f [...]

  13. I should have reviewed this when I quit the book but instead I waited so long so I may forget some of what I wanted to say I do remember this though, Lamott borderline disgusts me If she bothered me just a smidgen I d be thoroughly disgusted with her person When you pick up this book you tend to think it s about her son s first year of life right You know, the whole Journal of My Son s First Year in the title and all Well no It s a hidden agenda for her political rants And that pisses me off If [...]

  14. I ve read most every book of Anne s now and without question I can say this one is my favorite I started reading it at such an appropriate time, given that I myself was a first time mom at home with a 5 week old child and am typing this review one handed with said child sleeping in my other arm.Which is why I fell in love with so many of Anne s hilarious recollections of being in the trenches of new motherhood On her son s colic at the one month mark The exhaustion, the sleep deprivation, make m [...]

  15. It took me about a year to read this book It is filled with so many familiar moments and milestones, described so accurately She spends quite a bit of time crying over Bush Sr and mentions Donald Trump History repeats itself so frequently Also, it takes place in 1989 so as soon as I got excited about the World Series I got so worried about the earthquake.

  16. I read this after reading Some Assembly Required hating it Reviewers swore up down that even if I thought Anne Lamott was an ape shit mother in law, I d like her as a mom So I gave her writing a second chance I do not like her at all In fact, I dislike her than I did before reading this.In theory, I should like her Like me, she is a female writer, a mother, a liberal, a Christian Every negative review I found for this book was someone complaining about her political religious views That was not [...]

  17. In Anne Lamott s OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS A JOURNAL OF MY SON S FIRST YEAR, you find phrases and sentences that give your false teeth some delicious, chewable morsels and poke a few neurons in your brain and jump start the battery in your pacemaker Reading it, however, did not make me miss my adult children s childhoods It did prompt me to add the I Should Have Kept a More Detailed Record of Those Days folder to my Regrets file Those days were, in many ways, magical and I believe, as Lamott mentio [...]

  18. I picked this up at the used bookstore 2 days ago, having always heard about it I m not a parent and intend not to be one, but I read all sorts of memoirs about things I intend to not do, so I figured why not And I m thrilled I did, because I loved this book It was a very fast read And for once I don t only mean that I whipped through the pages very quickly 3 hours I mean it was fast paced and I felt like I had to speed read to keep up It was an interesting feeling, being whipped through at the [...]

  19. I thought this book was alright I wouldn t recommend it to anyone but a new or about to be new parent I certainly don t think it s the best book Anne Lamott has ever written I liked Bird by Bird and a couple of her novels a lot better than this.It s written as if it really were Lamott s journal, and maybe that s true But I didn t like the structure because it jumped around between different subjects and moods too much I only gave it two stars mostly because I was uncomfortable about the way in w [...]

  20. Sometimes I really hate this site This is easily the third or fourth time this month I have written a multiple page review only to have it deleted when I click on the save button Sigh Let me begin againI love this book I love this author I love the honesty of this approach I love a parent that doesn t buy into the idea that a good parent keeps their damned mouth shut I love the viewpoint from a parent of a cholicy child even if her child did start sleeping through the night fairly early mine is [...]

  21. What s great about this book The writing, the writing, the writing Her fabulous humor, her honest portrayal of the first year of being a mother, her honesty about her baby not having a father, her grief at her friend s diagnosis, the way she hysterically talks about Republicans, the support so many give her, and especially her true deep belief in a loving God though it completely contrasts with who she is and watching her faith ebb and flow.What is not so good The languageo often, and so much of [...]

  22. My lust for books that are about motherhood has led me to Operating Instructions A Journal of My Son s First Year by Anne Lamott This book chronicles the experience of Anne s first year as a new mother A single mother Anne wries boldly Possibly because she did not intend to publish her personal journal However, I am glad that she did Her innermost thoughts are right there on the page Thoughts that all new mothers have but none will admit to Anne admits these thoughts She deliciously describes ho [...]

  23. After stopping reading because I d started when I first got pregnant and stopped when I had my first miscarriage who needs someone exuding pure love and delight about their baby when you ve just lost yours , I finally picked this up today almost two years later to decide about getting rid of it My place was still marked, so I polished it off this afternoon It was a good read, but is so very baby centric that you should only read it if you are a new mother yourself, pregnant at a safe late stage, [...]

  24. I can see why some would consider this the original mommy blog She fits the genre perfectly but was writing about 20 years before it really took off Which means her writing is fresh, honest, witty, and at times, TMI On a personal levelAs a mother, I could really relate to her emotions as they ran the gamut from adoration to exhaustion.As a Christian, I could really relate to her dependance on Jesus and her faith to get through just about everything As a personality, I could hardly relate to her [...]

  25. Anne Lamott is such a lovely writer How could you not help but love this book Only she could turn the mundane parts of life with a baby into poetry While it s been awhile since I ve had a little baby around, I could relate so much to this book Lamott really captures the emotions you get during that first year with a baby the intense love, the boredom, the anxiety, the frustration, the fatigue, the infatuation, the excitement I laughed, I reminisced, and I empathized the whole way through the boo [...]

  26. I read this book because I love Anne Lamott s blurts the way she speaks raw truth and it feels like a personal conversation And reading it proved to be one of the final mile markers of my journey, particularly with regard to my own motherhood adventures Ms Lamott is able to soften heart wrenching reality with humor and humanity A proverbial spoon full of sugar to help the medicine go down Because life is about living through, surviving and thriving in whatever way that looks like for us.

  27. This book pretty much saved my life twenty years ago, when I had a difficult baby I love Anne Lamott and I definitely felt, if SHE can do it, so can I

  28. This, so far, remains my favorite of the mom moirs It s wonderful to read because it bears the distinction of being the only book mommy memoir I ve read that offers no advice in any way It s just a memoir, not a manifesto And while I appreciate the manifesto books and their mama positivity, I appreciated Operating Instructions for it s brutal honesty Anne Lamott is sometimes happy, sometimes depressed, confused, in love, angry, and sometimes utterly lacking in self confidence.It meant a lot to [...]

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