Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Anchor Books, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 239 pages
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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"

"Superb writing advice... hilarious, helpful and provocative." -- "New York Times Book Review."

"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." -- "Los Angeles Times."

"A gift to all of us mortals who write or ever wanted to write... sidesplittingly funny, patiently wise and alternately cranky and kind -- a reveille to get off our duffs and start writing "now," while we still can." -- "Seattle Times."

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A nurturing, inspiring book on being a writer. - LibraryThing
Its title and cover art were certainly deceiving. - LibraryThing
Lamott offers more encouragement than practical advice. - LibraryThing
This is great writing. - LibraryThing
Most writers can't teach writing worth a damn. - LibraryThing
There's a lot of practical, common sense advice here. - LibraryThing

Review: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

User Review  - Jenny Cutler Lopez - Goodreads

This book was introduced to me the old fashioned way - word of mouth. Not just once but several times, I heard this title and discovered Anne Lamott in the process. This is one of those books that ... Read full review

Review: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

User Review  - Victoria Sandbrook Flynn - Goodreads

Lovely, lively, and honest. A great look into one writer's life and her take on the craft. Lots of great one-liners and out-there metaphors that will make you laugh and make you write better, write more devotedly, and more honestly. Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Anne Lamott lives with her son, Sam, in northern California. She is the author of five books, including the novels Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, and All New People. Her last book, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year, was published by Pantheon in 1993.


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