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

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

by Anne Lamott, Sam Lamott

Riverhead | April 2, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Some Assembly Required: A Journal Of My Son's First Son is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
“If there is a doyenne of the parenting memoir, it would be Anne Lamott.”—Time

In Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter in 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. 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.03 × 5.25 × 0.82 in

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Riverhead

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594486670

ISBN - 13: 9781594486678

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Lamotte's Best I admit I am biased. I adore Anne Lamotte, and so she had a high standard to live up to in this book. And she didn't quite make it. As a diary of Lamotte's grandson's first year, this is a beautiful book and an excellent read. It is touching to read about her son, sometimes in his own words, as he struggles both with being such a young father and maintaining a relationship with his son's mother. Certainly Lamotte's love for her grandson shines through every page. What doesn't shine through is Lamotte herself, and that's what I'm used to in her works of non-fiction and where, ultimately, her strength lies. In her ability to be vulnerable, her ability to pull us in and wrap us her insecurities, her anxieties, her love for the world. In "Some Assembly Required" she comes off as a caricature of herself. The anxieties are there, the insecurities, but we only know this because she tells us, not because we can touch them. She is still poking fun at herself, but without the accompanying warmth, it falls flat. I would recommend this book, but if you want to read Lamotte at her best, I would start with three of her other works of non-fiction "Operating Instructions", the book she wrote during her son's first year of life, "Plan B" and "Traveling Mercies". These are extraordinary books, where Lamotte truly bears her soul, and we are all better people for it.
Date published: 2012-06-19

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

by Anne Lamott, Sam Lamott

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.03 × 5.25 × 0.82 in

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Riverhead

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594486670

ISBN - 13: 9781594486678

About the Book

Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter in her own life: grandmotherhood. Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at 19, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax's life.

From the Publisher

“If there is a doyenne of the parenting memoir, it would be Anne Lamott.”—Time

In Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter in 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. 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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

“[Lamott’s] crisp writing and self-deprecating honesty ring charmingly true.” — People “[ Some Assembly Required is] full of Lamott’s trademark neurotic spirituality, and it’s one Lamott’s fans will want.” — The Washington Post “Wonderful . . . [with] Lamott’s trademark sharp wit and self-deprecating humor . . . Like so many of Lamott’s books, [ Some Assembly Required ] leaves readers with new insights.” —The Associated Press “[Lamott’s] typical combination of astuteness and wit . . . As always, Lamott’s ‘raggedy faith’ is central to her, and whether you share her concerns or not, you appreciate her candor.” —NPR “The story of one year in a woman’s life, a year that happens to include the arrival of a blanket-bundled gift for Lamott and her longtime readers.” — San Francisco Chronicle “[ Some Assembly Required ] highlights the trademark humor we''ve come to expect from Lamott, with laugh-out-loud one-liners that are both self-deprecating and wise … a welcome addition in the larger Gospel of Lamott.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune “Funny, insightful, irreverent…filled with humor and the author''s quirky faith…Bound to do for grandmothers what the earlier book did for mothers — bring them insight and sanity in the midst of chaos.&rdqu
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