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Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year Paperback – March 8, 2005
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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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Hilarious. Well written and brutally honest. Can't wait to read more of her writingPublished 1 day ago by Roberta Bagley
Enjoyable for first time moms who would like an instruction book with the baby!Published 2 days ago by Linda Shirley
I have read a couple Anne Lamott books and this one is my favorite. Was a great thing to read in the early days with a first kid -- felt like talking to a friend.Published 1 month ago by Kittens
Honest and thoughtful writing...and VERY funny, even though it is really about her struggles with depression.Published 1 month ago by Susan Yost
Beautifully written, speaks right to the heart - even though her situation is much different than mine, she opened my eyes and my heart to the world of raising a newborn. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leah W Powell
I read this book for my American Literature class, and I enjoyed learning how the author changed her identity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by charmaine riley
As always, Ann speaks from her heart and allows the reader to do the same. It's interesting that our political times haven't changed much since she wrote this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by sofia hisakuni
This...yes...this. That's all I can say. Even if you are the best mother in the world, I guarantee that you will relate to at least 90% of the sentiments in this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jessica