Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 9, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
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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


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If you're looking for emotional, this is it for you! This book will resonate with new mother's especially. This is a very candid look of life and it taught me many things. Read full review

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This was an Anne Lamott book that I had skipped for years and years, figuring I wouldn't appreciate it until I was a mom. Well, I'm glad I waited. I definitely wouldn't have appreciated it as much if ... Read full review

Contents

A PREFACE OF SORTS
SEPTEMBER 7 1989
SEPTEMBER 12 1989
SEPTEMBER 15
30 AM
SEPTEMBER 17
00 AM
SEPTEMBER 19
FEBRUARY 1
FEBRUARY 6
FEBRUARY 18
FEBRUARY 20
FEBRUARY 22
FEBRUARY 23
FEBRUARY 24
FEBRUARY 27

SEPTEMBER 20
SEPTEMBER 21
SEPTEMBER 22
SEPTEMBER 27
SEPTEMBER 29
OCTOBER 1
OCTOBER 2
OCTOBER 4
OCTOBER 5
45 AM
OCTOBER 7
OCTOBER 8
OCTOBER 12
OCTOBER 13
OCTOBER 14
OCTOBER 15
OCTOBER 16
OCTOBER 18
OCTOBER 23
OCTOBER 25
OCTOBER 26
OCTOBER 28
OCTOBER 29
OCTOBER 30
OCTOBER 31
NOVEMBER 1
NOVEMBER 3
NOVEMBER 4
NOVEMBER 5
NOVEMBER 6
NOVEMBER 16
NOVEMBER 22
NOVEMBER 23
NOVEMBER 26
NOVEMBER 28
NOVEMBER 29
NOVEMBER 30
DECEMBER 1
DECEMBER 2
DECEMBER 3
DECEMBER 5
DECEMBER 6
DECEMBER 7
DECEMBER 9
DECEMBER 17
CHRISTMAS EVE
CHRISTMAS
DECEMBER 27
DECEMBER 31
JANUARY 4
JANUARY 9
JANUARY 10
JANUARY 12
JANUARY 15
JANUARY 19
JANUARY 24
JANUARY 26
JANUARY 27
JANUARY 28
JANUARY 29
JANUARY 30
JANUARY 31
MARCH 2
MARCH 3
MARCH 4
MARCH 5
MARCH 6
MARCH 16
MARCH 20
MARCH 24
MARCH 25
MARCH 26
MARCH 27
MARCH 28
MARCH 29
MARCH 31
APRIL 3
APRIL 4
APRIL 5
APRIL 6
APRIL 8
APRIL 9
APRIL 10
APRIL 17
APRIL 20
MAY 1
MAY 2
MAY 3
MAY 4
MAY 6
MAY 8
MAY 9
MAY 10
MAY 12
MAY 16
MAY 18
MAY 20
MAY 31
JUNE 5
JUNE 14
JUNE 16
JUNE 18
JUNE 20
JUNE 21
JUNE 22
JUNE 25
JUNE 27
JUNE 29
JUNE 30
JULY 1
JULY 7
JULY 15
JULY 21
JULY 29
AUGUST 8
AUGUST 9
AUGUST 10
AUGUST 11
AUGUST 13
AUGUST 20
AUGUST 24
AUGUST 29
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About the author (2011)

Anne Lamott is the bestselling author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies and of five novels, including Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. She lives in Fairfax, California, with her son.

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