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.
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...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.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required | See more reviews from NPR
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.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required | See more reviews from Star Tribune
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED is touching, warm, thoughtful, spiritual and still hilarious.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
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.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
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.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
...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.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
And is bound to do for grandmothers what the earlier book did for mothers — bring them insight and sanity in the midst of chaos.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
.The central dramas in the book feel relatively inconsequential....Elsewhere, though, Lamott’s cogitations feel mawkish and new agey.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
None of Lamott's trademark sharp wit and self-deprecating humor has suffered despite her new status.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
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.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
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.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
Lamott relates all her weaknesses, rants and questions herself and God, and has a deep personal faith.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
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.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
She has a brutal honesty about herself and her life that is both self-depreciating, amusing and authentic.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
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.Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
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?!Read Full Review of Some Assembly Required
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