Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott

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16 Critic Reviews

Being a step removed from the sleepless nights and continuous demands of an infant and a deadline have understandably softened her perceptions on child rearing, and as a result the writing is less immediate, the edginess dulled.
-Star Tribune

Synopsis

In Some Assembly Required, 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.

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 Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott

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ANNE LAMOTT is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Grace (Eventually), Plan B, Traveling Mercies, and Operating Instructions, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.SAM LAMOTT is currently studying industrial design, with a major in product design. He lives with his family in San Francisco.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by Riverhead Books. 282 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Some Assembly Required
All: 16 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 6

NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Helen McAlpin on Mar 29 2012

...Lamott's great appeal lies in her security in exposing her insecurities, her refreshing irreverence even about her reverence, and her ease in tossing off hilariously offbeat observations.

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Star Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Jackie Reitzes on Mar 17 2012

Being a step removed from the sleepless nights and continuous demands of an infant and a deadline have understandably softened her perceptions on child rearing, and as a result the writing is less immediate, the edginess dulled.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Egelman on Apr 19 2012

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED is touching, warm, thoughtful, spiritual and still hilarious.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Yvonne Zipp on Mar 20 2012

The “interviews” between him and his mother, though, are too generalized to leave much of an impact on a reader, beyond genuine well-wishes. Lamott has also changed a number of entries at the request of Amy and her parents, and this blurring effect is evident.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Below average
Reviewed by Mark Sloan on Apr 01 2012

She now writes from childbirth's sidelines, an often uncomfortable position for a writer with abundantly self-chronicled control issues. That sense of distance is reinforced by the book's structure.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Alice Evans on Mar 24 2012

...knowing I'd be treated to some great laughs delivered with warmth and authenticity by a quirky holy woman who likes to share her wild journey with the rest of us. I was not disappointed.

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Denver Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandra Dallas on Apr 08 2012

And is bound to do for grandmothers what the earlier book did for mothers — bring them insight and sanity in the midst of chaos.

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Boston.com

Below average
Reviewed by Steve Almond on Mar 20 2012

.The central dramas in the book feel relatively inconsequential....Elsewhere, though, Lamott’s cogitations feel mawkish and new agey.

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The Republic

Excellent
Reviewed by Kim Curtis on Apr 26 2012

None of Lamott's trademark sharp wit and self-deprecating humor has suffered despite her new status.

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San Francisco Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephanie Losee on Apr 02 2012

As with her previous books, this one is quirky and roaringly funny, with the Marin author navigating through her first year of unexpected grandmotherhood, while Sam and his girlfriend, Amy, navigate unplanned parenthood.

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ParentMap

Below average
Reviewed by Emily Metcalfe Smith on Mar 19 2012

Lamott’s signature neurotic musings, which in the past had me giggling and nodding in agreement, seem overly whiney and self-indulgent in this volume.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on Mar 22 2012

Lamott relates all her weaknesses, rants and questions herself and God, and has a deep personal faith.

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5 Minutes for Books

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Apr 17 2012

It’s so very real. Reading Anne’s thoughts as she processes, shares conversations with others (and sometimes even those she has with herself), puts the reader right there in the moment.

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Life with Books

Good
Reviewed by Jenners on Mar 23 2012

She has a brutal honesty about herself and her life that is both self-depreciating, amusing and authentic.

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Julie Farrar

Good
Reviewed by Julie Farrar on Apr 10 2012

Watching Anne Lamott and her son navigate these new boundaries in their own relationship made all things seem possible. The hardest thing for a parent to do always is to do nothing.

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Thirty Threadbare Mercies

Below average
Reviewed by rheabette on Apr 04 2012

Over the past 12 years, however, I’ve been wanting her to… get a little better. I’ve read time and again how self-centered, petty, and neurotic she is, and by this point, has all the church-going, therapy-having, and yoga-doing worked, like, even a little bit?!

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