Operating Instructions

Operating Instructions

A Journal of My Son's First Year

Book - 1993
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It seems no mother of a newborn has ever been more hilarious, more honest, or more touching than Ann Lamott is in OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS. A single parent whose baby's father is out of the picture, Lamott struggles not only to support her little family by her wits and her writing, but to stay sober at the same time. Faith in God helps; so does her loyal band of helpers, from her childless best friend Pammy to her mother and "Aunt Dudu" to the folks at the La Leche League hotline. And between colic, wheat-free diets, and the triumph of solid food, Lamott learns that blessings and losses come together, and that as our capacity for joy increases, so does our capacity for grief. "An enormous triumph . . . Charming . . . Powerful . . . A gracious book, with dozens of lovingly drawn characters and a deep, infectious religiosity throughout. It is also funny." -- San Francisco Chronicle "Smart, funny and comforting . . . Lamott has a conversational style that perfectly conveys her friendly, self-deprecating humor." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, c1993.
ISBN: 9780449909287
044990928X
Characteristics: x, 251 p. ;,19 cm.

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spiderfelt_0
Nov 01, 2017

Reading this book brought back vivid memories of my first years as a mother. Now that I'm deep in my childrens' teen years, it is soothing to remember the early struggles mixed with the sheer wonder of their existence. Lamont's bracing honesty gives me constant comfort when I wonder whether I'm doing it right. The answer is who knows? Nobody can say because there is no roadmap.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 03, 2014

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

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Marquisdesodom
Apr 13, 2013

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??!?

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alitat77
Jan 07, 2011

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.

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Marlene_W
Oct 27, 2009

I loved this very funny journal.

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annekim9
Dec 05, 2007

Operating Instructions was the first book I read by Anne Lamott and it remains one of my favorites (I also love Bird by Bird). It's about Anne's first year as single mom to her son Sam. For the most part the book is hilarious but there is also a sad element when Anne's best friend copes with cancer. Just like life sometimes; happy and sad events at the same time.

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