Operating Instructions A Journal of My Son's First Year

Operating Instructions A Journal of My Son's First Year [BOOKS] ✯ Operating Instructions A Journal of My Son's First Year Author Anne Lamott – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 an The most honest wildly enjoyable book written A Journal PDF ´ 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 Operating Instructions Kindle - 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.

About the Author: Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is an author of several A Journal PDF ´ novels and works of non fiction Based in the San Francisco Bay Area her non fiction works are largely autobiographical with strong doses of self deprecating humor and covering such subjects as alcoholism single motherhood and Christianity She appeals to her fans because of her sense of humor her deeply felt insights and her outspoken views on topics such.

10 thoughts on “Operating Instructions A Journal of My Son's First Year

  1. Skylar Burris Skylar Burris says:

    Anne Lamott is the epitome of the vitriolic hateful liberal The catch is that she actually seems to realize it Throughout Operating Instructions one finds scatterings of an understanding that there’s something not uite consistent about preaching love mercy and non judgmentalism while simultaneously ripping apart Republicans as a group actively training one’s child to revile them and comparing them to the greatest of evils She actually gets that there’s something not uite right about running on hatred But she doesn’t know how to let it go either because in some ways it defines her This I suppose is a reflection of her larger Christian journey – and perhaps the journey of nearly all Christians seeing the new man at last but still struggling to shed the old oneAlthough Lamott does not seem to feel that there’s something not uite right about sleeping around casually and having numerous abortions this time she does feel that there’s something not uite right about aborting this particular child – she wants it even though the father doesn’t even though she’ll have to face the difficult challenge of raising it alone Not that she’s really alone; she has amazing friends and family a loving church and of course her faith So she has Sam and she writes a journal of his first year or accurately a journal of her first year as a mother – a raw honest journal that reveals feelings most mothers would be loathe to confess There are moments of great beauty in this journal – wonderful turns of phrase graspings of the magnificence of mercy glimpses into Christ reflected in the love and compassion of everyday people The book is an easy read because she writes well I just wish I could like the author She describes herself well – an egomaniac with a low self image problem But maybe that in the end is what makes the book so interesting – it’s human ness it’s bold honesty it’s revelation of the flawed and fallen yet – ultimately – redeemed human being the mother struggling to make it through her first year The book has passages that are achingly beautiful as well as passages that are achingly pretentious Some sentences caused me to laugh others caused me to cry and still others caused me to roll my eyes Lamott employs so many impressive analogies for faith stories and descriptions that demonstrate the tentativeness the tenderness the necessity the beauty the not uite sufficient sufficiency the depth and the difficulty of faith – how faith is like waiting expectantly half hopefully for our next operating instructions from God

  2. Rachel Bash Rachel Bash says:

    I teach at Creighton University and so like most instructors was appalled when Lamott was disinvited but never than after I read this book It's been a long time since I've laughed out loud while reading a book and longer since a book has provoked guffaws seriously hearty laughter AND reflection revelation and grief Honest is a perfect word to describe this book which bravely I think puts out there the concept that being a mother isn't always being 100% in love with your child that it isn't always the most wildly blissful experience that sometimes mothers do wish they could make their babies disappear And yet there is such tenderness in the way she begs repeatedly of God to let her son outlive her using an image that's always killed me baby turtles just born struggling across the beach to the water picked off one by one by circling birds This is a woman who runs straight at the truth in her prose and as a reader I often felt the impact resonate through me I'm not a mother and I don't know about the whole God thing but wow did this book arrest my movement through life and give me some things to think about

  3. Keri Keri says:

    This is the best parenting book ever Right when you feel like you have hit the wall Anne Lammott makes it OK to feel all the frustrations and pain as well as the awe and overwhelming love for your little offspring When my second child refused to sleep than 2 hours at a time for 3 count em 3 months while I was working full timeI bought every book about getting your child to sleep that I could find I finally called in sick sent my kid to day care and read this entire book in one day between naps I had already read it with my first baby but I felt so restored that I had the strength to face sleepless nights Just another reminder that laughing helps everything

  4. Joanne Joanne says:

    A friend of mine gave me a copy of this book while I was pregnant and he never knew what a favor he truly did for meAnne Lamott writes all the gritty details of the thoughts that go through any sleep deprived parent's mind but we aren't ever brave enough to admit them sometimes not even to ourselvesHaving already read about some crazy lady Anne Lamott wondering if she could leave her baby out in the cold and see if that whole survival of the fittest thing would work out I was far forgiving when I hadn't slept in weeks and found myself daydreaming about similar psychotic scenarios Sleep deprivation is a real bitch and a screaming baby that depends on you for life can be a real cheese grater on your nerves Knowing there are other parents that think those crazy thoughts and don't actually DO them can make a world of difference in the way new parents handle the stress of it allThe birth of your child is also the death of the life you once knew It may be similar but it will never be the same Anne Lamott graciously shows us we don't have to be graceful about it we can go through it kicking and screaming too Her honesty is a blessing to us all

  5. Andi Andi says:

    Hold your hats folks I’m about to get all “over the top” in this reviewI needed this book right now with all it’s one lines that make me laugh out loud You should have seen me last evening lying in the grass outside my church it was only in the 70s yesterday and today with a light breeze perfect grass lying weather and laughing like a maniac I’m sure all the Amish people who came by in their buggies must have thought I was nutsSo this book is the journal that Lamott kept during her son’s first year of life It’s a story of love and fear all that stuff that comes with a kid I assume and is so honest so so honest And funny really funnyTake this for example November 22 I wish he could take longer naps in the afternoon He falls asleep and I feel I could die of love when I watch him and I think to myself that he is what angels look like Then I doze off too and it’s like heaven but sometimes only twenty minutes later he wakes up and begins to make his gritchy rodent noises scanning the room wildly I look blearily over at him in the bassinet and think with great hostility Oh God he’s raising his loathsome reptilian head again When I go over to the bassinet to pick him up though he looks up at me like I’m Coco the clown he beams and makes raspberries and does frantic bicycle kicks like he’s doing his baby aerobics Then I feel I can go on I’ve never been so up and down in my life so erratic and wild My body is slow getting back to normal except for my butt and thighs I have to keep remembering the line about the little earth suits and that I am a feminist because the thighs are just not doing all that well I lay in the bathtub yesterday looking at them thinking of entering the annual Hemingway write alike contest with a piece called “Thighs like White Elephants” And then part of me thinks Hey who fucking caresThat voice that sarcastic bitter but ultimately beautiful voice is what I love about Anne Lamott I’m going to give this book to every friend of mine who has a kid which is most of them so that they don’t feel so alone when they think their baby has a reptilian head And I’m going to remember this book when I hold their babies and wonder what goes on in those little brainsThe only sad part about having finished this book is that now I’m out of Lamott books to read Annie get writing would ya?

  6. Alla Alla says:

    This is not an empowering book This is a let me feel sorry for myself kind of book At some point it has become hip and good writing to use profanity and say shocking things like I hate my baby While I acknowledge that feeling overwhelmed is very real for some mothers especially those without a partner myself included in the latter category reading Operating Instructions gave me a dark feeling somewhat akin to the feeling that reading Dostoevsky causes minus the mastery of the prose Lamott describes herself as being in a dark hole most of that first year unwashed depressed extremely tired and lonely with rare glimpses of her son's beauty I think a lot of her issues stem from the self acknowledged substance abuse problems of the past and losing her father some years earlier though not from having a baby on her own All in all I would much rather read a positive upbeat book written by somebody who is capable of maintaining self discipline and organizing their lives than an author who aims at being brutally honest but really sounds like another common wreck of a person

  7. Melissa Melissa says:

    This is a great lovely book about having a newborn I had a blast reading it because I don’t have a newborn any a three a half year old is a whole other flavor of getting your ass kicked it’s easy to have fond feelings about G's babyhood that are based on totally false recollections Remember when we could just set him on the couch he couldn't go anywhere? Remember when he took two whole naps a day? Ah such good times I am an idiot I was so constantly exhausted that my skeleton hurt and while you could set G on the couch he couldn’t go anywhere he’d just start crying hysterically so it wasn’t actually that cool Lamott gazes at her napping son thinking sweetly how angelic he is; she falls asleep he wakes her up a few minutes later and she thinks “Oh great he’s raising his monstrous lizard head again” Yeah I know that feeling Every ludicrous fear she has that she’s broken Sam’s neck because she hit a pothole in the car all her amazement at his star like little hands his gigantic round eyes and his porno baby puffy lips every time she’s been listening to him cry for hours she wants to give him back – every bit of this is totally spot on It’s so accurate to my own life that when she comments about how Sam can now say than “Ah goo” I laughed out loud Ah goo is the name of G’s stuffed monkey because it was the first animal he ever noticed it was also the first thing he could say This is such a wonderful book I am absolutely never having another baby

  8. Ann G. Ann G. says:

    Oh how I wish I had read this book when my children were babies Then perhaps I would have realized I was not alone in finding new motherhood so hard while loving my children so unbearably much Annie Lamott just nails it

  9. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    Even if you have never been a parent your kids have grown up read this for the sheer pleasure of it

  10. Karen Backe Karen Backe says:

    a few things were laugh outloud funny a lot of things were kind of ridiculous Having a new little dude ourselves certainly there were moments and events I could relate to but the self absorbed self deprecating thing got really tiresome for me Also yes I get it you belong to a predominately black church; move on

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