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


10 thoughts on “Operating Instructions

  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 quite consistent about preaching love, mercy, and non judgmentalism while simultaneously ripping apart R...


  2. Rachel Bash Rachel Bash says:

    I teach at Creighton University, and so like most instructors was appalled when Lamott was disinvited, but neverthan 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 c I teach at Creighton University, and so like most instructors was appalled when Lamott was disinvited, but neverthan 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 th...


  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 sleepthan 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 da 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 t...


  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 me.Anne 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 ourselves.Having already read about some crazy lady Anne...


  5. Andi Andi says:

    Hold your hats, folks I m about to get all over the top in this review.I 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 nuts.So this book is the journal that Lamott kept during her Hold your hats, folks I m about to get all over the top in this review.I needed this book right now, with all it s one lines that make me laugh out loud You should have seen me last even...


  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 th...


  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 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 feelin...


  8. Ann Ann 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 go...