Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son

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Riverhead Books, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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In Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter of her own life: grandmotherhood.

Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at nineteen, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax's life.

In careful and often hilarious detail, Lamott and Sam-about whom she first wrote so movingly in Operating Instructions-struggle to balance their changing roles with the demands of college and work, as they both forge new relationships with Jax's mother, who has her own ideas about how to raise a child. Lamott writes about the complex feelings that Jax fosters in her, recalling her own experiences with Sam when she was a single mother. Over the course of the year, the rhythms of life, death, family, and friends unfold in surprising and joyful ways.

By turns poignant and funny, honest and touching, Some Assembly Required is the true story of how the birth of a baby changes a family-as this book will change everyone who reads it.

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I LOVED Operating Instructions. - LibraryThing
Her writing is never fancy or condescending. - LibraryThing
Also there was no interesting plot. - LibraryThing
I like her God and her writing. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - CherieDooryard - LibraryThing

I've read most, but not all, of Lamott's books and I've got a good handle on her "I'm a terrible person with a blackened soul" schtick. But in this book, I started to think, "You know, maybe Anne ... Read full review

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User Review  - KamGeb - LibraryThing

I could not finish this book. I didn't find the book amusing (although it tried to be.) Also there was no interesting plot. It was just young unmarried parents raising a child from a grandmother's point of view. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; and Operating Instructions, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds, Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in northern California.

Sam Lamott is an inventor, designer, entrepreneur, and artist who lives in San Francisco.

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