Operating Instructions

A Journal of My Son's First Year

Lamott, Anne

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Operating Instructions
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--From publisher.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2005
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 1400079098
Branch Call Number: B-La193o 2005
Characteristics: x, 251 p. ;,21 cm


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A journey through Anne Lamott's life as a recovering alcoholic, a single, first-time, older parent and the important things in one slice of her life.

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Dec 03, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a classic--possibly the most hilarious mother-of-young-infant memoir written, seasoned with philosophical insight.

Apr 13, 2013
  • Marquisdesodom rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Boycott this book. Seriously. Anne Lamott's commentary about her son's circumcision (and HOW DARE she approve of circumcision and masquerade as a feminist - does bodily integrity apply to women only!?!) has to rank as among the most ignorant that I've ever read. To Lamott, circumcision was the preferred option over keeping her son intact (primarily) for aesthetic reasons (She offers up a few other red herrings - "it's easier to clean" or "it will prevent penile cancer" but is clear that looks alone were the reason she opted to mutilate him). As if somehow, a man choosing to have his daughter's clitoral hood removed for aesthetic grounds would justified in doing so. Well, f*ck you, Miss Lamott! Seriously, as an intact male, and someone who advocates genital integrity for ALL humans (male, female, trans alike), how could you??!?

Jan 07, 2011
  • alitat77 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was gifted to me while I was pregnant and, yes, single. Just as Anne is in this memoir. I read it and cried. I read it and laughed. I read it in the bathtub and got bubble residue on it. This book got me through the worst parts of single-adult-mom-pregnancy... when people would ask me about the father or tell me how happy he must be, I just laughed inside and thought of how Anne dealt with that. I admire her ability to selflessly share what was, for me, one of the toughest, defining times in my life. When she talks about how she "REALLY" felt hearing her baby cry or bounce off the bed accidentally... so many of these diary entries I experienced later and thought, "Well she got through this!" Even if I hadn't shared this experience with her, I would adore this book for it's honesty and it's pacing, which walks you through the ups and downs of a new mom's life. Not the Mommy-and-Me-Yoga life... but the real nitty gritty of why it's wonderful and terrifying to be a mom doing it all alone.

Oct 27, 2009
  • Marlene_W rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this very funny journal.


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