A Journal of My Son's First Year
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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
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Not what I thought it would be
First off this is more if a journal or thought diary than an insight into what a child's first year would be. The writer is highly religious, a single mother, depressed and a recovering addict. Other than us both being liberal I literally have nothing in common with her and cannot relate to her. I found her lost and confused and it's not what I really want to read when I'm about to embark on this scary new chapter of my life. I was hoping for some insight to what happens when this baby pops out of me, but ended up disappointed.