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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Magazine columnist and novelist Lamott ( All New People ) captures both the poignancy and comedy of her first year as a single mother in this wonderfully candid diary. Her quirky humor steadily draws the reader into her unconventional world as she describes her friends and neighbors in northern California, her participation in a local church, her experiences as a recovering alcoholic and--best of all--her infant son, Sam, born in 1989. She covers maternal emotions from rapturous bliss to bare fury ("In the middle of the colic death marches, I end up looking at the baby with those hooded eyes that were in the old ads for The Boston Strangler "). Throughout, she airs her strong political and religious beliefs. And when her best friend, Pammy, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Lamott conveys her anguish with the same depth of feeling and sense of the absurd that characterize her observations about her son, God, recovery, writing, Republicans, men and life as usual. Even non-parents will enjoy this glowing work.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
When I first read this marvelous book 18 years ago, it was my first encounter with Anne Lamott. Since that moment, I have never been able to get enough of her work. Read morePublished 6 days ago by JRaeDupree
This book had been suggested to me as a "life changer". However, the author comes across as extremely whiny. Read morePublished 28 days ago by V. Kramer
Ann Lamott is my FAVORITE author. She is laugh out loud funny at times, and serious and reflective at other times. She is the real deal.Published 1 month ago by K YORK
This is an excellent book for any first-time parent. I read it after my first child was born, and it provided both humor and validation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by anonymous
It was okay. It was funny, but not quite what I was expecting. I probably overestimated the book, rather than a lack on Anne's part. I have so enjoyed her other books more.Published 2 months ago by Laura E. Baxley
Love everything Lamott. She does motherhood and friendship with brilliance and elan, as she does everything, honesty and sincerity and sensitivity to her readership present... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anita L. Ahearn