Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0385480017
ISBN-10: 0385480016
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Think you've got a book inside of you? Anne Lamott isn't afraid to help you let it out. She'll help you find your passion and your voice, beginning from the first really crummy draft to the peculiar letdown of publication. Readers will be reminded of the energizing books of writer Natalie Goldberg and will be seduced by Lamott's witty take on the reality of a writer's life, which has little to do with literary parties and a lot to do with jealousy, writer's block and going for broke with each paragraph. Marvelously wise and best of all, great reading.

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“Superb writing advice. . . . Hilarious, helpful, and provocative.”
The New York Times Book Review
 
“A warm, generous, and hilarious guide through the writer’s world and its treacherous swamps.” 
Los Angeles Times

“One of the funniest books on writing ever published.” 
The Christian Science Monitor

“A gift to all of us mortals who write or ever wanted to write. . . . Sidesplittingly funny, patiently wise and alternately cranky and kind—a reveille to get off our duffs and start writing now, while we  still can.” 
Seattle Times

Bird by Bird would be worth reading just for Lamott’s ele- gant, moving, and often-hilarious prose. But the advice she offers is just as fantastic as the style with which it’s delivered.”
Forbes
 
“Anne Lamott understands better than anyone that writers need help. . . . She writes so well, in fact, that it’s hard to believe that she, too, has trouble with writing. That’s what’s so deeply comforting about this book.”
The Wall Street Journal
 
“Deftly and honestly explores the mental challenges of being a writer. . . . Lamott’s advice is, simply put, invaluable.”
Bustle
 
“Delight[s] with insight and descriptive acumen. This humorous, insightful, no-nonsense approach will remind novices why they are writing.”      
Kirkus Reviews
 
“Offers unique inspiration. . . . An honest appraisal of what it takes to be a writer and why it matters so much.”
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3.0 out of 5 stars Anne Lamott has an easy, humorous and conversational style of writing which results ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars All writers should read this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Candid, funny and compassionate!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
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Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Anne Lamott - A very keen intelligence and a sensitive soul.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 21, 2017
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Amanda Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars A little Outdated but Some Good Information
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parts were self-indulgent
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M. J. Hayden
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice introduction to starting to write on regular basis
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M.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars A buquet of great insights on the craft of writing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for writers
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J. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, funny, wise, profound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As promised
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspires you to write
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