Title: Operating Instructions: A Journal of My ...
Publication Date: 1993
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Sixth printing. Flat SIGNED by Anne Lamott on the front endpaper. The volume is pushed at the spine ends. The unclipped, mylar sleeved, dust jacket is fine. Bookseller Inventory # 14010910
Synopsis: The author of Rose, Hard Laughter and two other novels chronicles her son's growth, discussing her fears and worries, her deepening faith, and the support of her eccentric circle of friends. 10,000 first printing.
Review: 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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