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Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son Hardcover – 20 Mar 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (20 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159448841X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594488412
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,769,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[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."
--"The Denver Post"
"Anne Lamott's singular gift for bringing readers into the intimate circle of her life flows effortlessly in this new memoir, mixing the absurd and sublime with her usual alchemical genius...you'll be seduced by the darkly comic tone, self-deprecating wit, and relentless honesty; she somehow makes the bumps and joys of her life intensely relatable. She can capture the bliss and beauty of tiny emotional events in a few perfect words, then skewer her own worst impulses with brutal hilarity."
--"Bust Magazine "

[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.
The Denver Post
Anne Lamott s singular gift for bringing readers into the intimate circle of her life flows effortlessly in this new memoir, mixing the absurd and sublime with her usual alchemical genius you ll be seduced by the darkly comic tone, self-deprecating wit, and relentless honesty; she somehow makes the bumps and joys of her life intensely relatable. She can capture the bliss and beauty of tiny emotional events in a few perfect words, then skewer her own worst impulses with brutal hilarity.
Bust Magazine

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About the Author

Anne Lamottis theNew York Timesbestselling author ofHelp, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches;Some Assembly Required;Grace (Eventually);Plan B;Traveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, includingImperfect Birdsand 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 an inventor, designer, entrepreneur, and artist who lives in San Francisco."


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I am an Anne Lamott fan and have read almost all of her non-fiction. That said, Some Assembly Required, is not her best effort. She doesn't seem to have enjoyed the experience of writing it and definitely was not enjoying the period in which it was written

In this book we find Anne, distracted, slightly depressed, wondering where her life is going and scared that the grandchild she loves dearly will be taken away from her and possibly also her son, by the very young mother who wants to return to her friends in Chicago. However the writing lacks flow, she guards her words (to protect their privacy) and also uses emails of friends and relatives extensively.

Though Anne has taken us through other difficult periods of her life, this story seems stressed and splintered by the fact that she has to protect the privacy of her son and daughter-in-law on the page, while still describing how miserable and angry they are making her. Though the baby is lovely and the young parents are doing a good job given the circumstances, those circumstances are not ideal.

This lack of open and honest flow, is a break with her other works which could be freely miserable and freely redeeming.

Anne Lamott's writing Yes - the best Anne Lamotte can produce? No
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