Recommended :: Operating Instructions


After Norah was born my friend Wendy loaned me “Operating Instructions.” I’ve read Anne Lamott’s books before but not for quite some time and this one is biographical – her experience raising her son that first year. I snorted my way through it surprised that Norah didn’t wake up as I identified with what she was saying and my belly shook from laughter. Whether you have kids, are expecting kids or are just looking for a fun light and hilarious read this book is great!

The synopsis reads “It’s not like she’s the only woman to ever have a baby. At thirty-five. On her own. But Anne Lamott makes it all fresh in her now-classic account of how she and her son and numerous friends and neighbors and some strangers survived and thrived in that all important first year. From finding out that her baby is a boy (and getting used to the idea) to finding out that her best friend and greatest supporter Pam will die of cancer (and not getting used to that idea), with a generous amount of wit and faith (but very little piousness), Lamott narrates the great and small events that make up a woman’s life.”