Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required

A Journal of My Son's First Son

Book - 2012
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Here, 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. This is the true story of how the birth of a baby changes a family.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781594488412
Branch Call Number: 921 LAMOT
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lamott, Sam


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Jul 08, 2015

Was not fond of this book at all. She had thanked the mother of her grandson for allowing her to "write her (the young mother's) story." But really she didn't. Lamott wrote her own selfish, needy version of what she thought was her grandson's mother's story. I am glad Lamott is not my son's grandmother.

May 09, 2014

I liked this, as I like so much of Lamott's memoir writing. I didn't enjoy the parts in Sam's voice so much - perhaps because they felt forced to me. It seemed like he knew he was going to be quoted for a book, and the parts he "wrote" seemed oddly shoved in. But Lamott's parts - which are the main story - gave a wonderful glimpse into grandparenthood.

JCLBethanyT May 02, 2013

Funny and insightful, in the true Lamott form, and a fascinating follow up to Operating Instructions.

Aug 22, 2012

A bit over the top and nuts at times, but then that reassures the readers that we are OK in comparison. And she certainly gets some things right-as usual!

Aug 11, 2012

I love Anne Lamott's writing and her personal account of becoming a grandmother. There were elements of the story I wanted to hear more about, but I was grateful to hear what she wanted to tell.

Jul 19, 2012

Few can describe the countless ways we make ourselves crazy trying control what we cannot or have no business trying to control in as honest, funny and familiar a way as Anne Lamott.

Jul 15, 2012

Memoir, non-fiction. This book covers the first year of her experiences with her grandson, in journal style, documenting her own personal journey. Full of her wonderful self-depreciating language, smart analogies and observations. I enjoyed the book for her frank explorations of the anxiety, happiness, and at times anger and jealousy she felt in her relationships with her family members and friends.

Jun 08, 2012

Enjoyable, but not her best. For me, it was a book to skim and dip into, not swim in its depths and re-read, as with Operating Instructions.

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