Operating Instructions - Anne Lamott

Operating Instructions

By Anne Lamott

  • Release Date: 1993-04-27
  • Genre: Parenting
Score: 4.5
From 64 Ratings


With the same brilliant combination of humor and warmth she brought to bestseller Bird by BirdAnne Lamott gives us a smart, funny, and comforting chronicle of single motherhood.

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.

"Lamott has a conversational style that perfectly conveys her friendly, self-depricating humor." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review 

"Lamott is a wonderfully lithe writer .... Anyone who has ever had a hard time facing a perfectly ordinary day will identify." -- Chicago Tribune 


  • Not what I thought it would be

    By Blue-apple
    First off this is more if a journal or thought diary than an insight into what a child's first year would be. The writer is highly religious, a single mother, depressed and a recovering addict. Other than us both being liberal I literally have nothing in common with her and cannot relate to her. I found her lost and confused and it's not what I really want to read when I'm about to embark on this scary new chapter of my life. I was hoping for some insight to what happens when this baby pops out of me, but ended up disappointed.