Some Assembly Required

A Journal of My Son's First Son

Lamott, Anne

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Some Assembly Required
Here, 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. This is the true story of how the birth of a baby changes a family.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.
ISBN: 159448841X
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lamott, Sam


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May 09, 2014
  • modestgoddess rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked this, as I like so much of Lamott's memoir writing. I didn't enjoy the parts in Sam's voice so much - perhaps because they felt forced to me. It seemed like he knew he was going to be quoted for a book, and the parts he "wrote" seemed oddly shoved in. But Lamott's parts - which are the main story - gave a wonderful glimpse into grandparenthood.

Jul 25, 2013
  • Nerak rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I love Anne Lamott, but Some Assembly Required is not her best. Because this story not completely her own, she skims the surface, protecting her grandson and his mother and her parents. Operating Instructions is raw, deep, hilarious. This is the first Anne Lamott book that I could not finish.

May 02, 2013
  • JCLBethanyT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Funny and insightful, in the true Lamott form, and a fascinating follow up to Operating Instructions.

Aug 22, 2012

A bit over the top and nuts at times, but then that reassures the readers that we are OK in comparison. And she certainly gets some things right-as usual!

Aug 11, 2012
  • omam rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love Anne Lamott's writing and her personal account of becoming a grandmother. There were elements of the story I wanted to hear more about, but I was grateful to hear what she wanted to tell.

Jul 19, 2012
  • wsbooklover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Few can describe the countless ways we make ourselves crazy trying control what we cannot or have no business trying to control in as honest, funny and familiar a way as Anne Lamott.

Jul 15, 2012
  • emvokspl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Memoir, non-fiction. This book covers the first year of her experiences with her grandson, in journal style, documenting her own personal journey. Full of her wonderful self-depreciating language, smart analogies and observations. I enjoyed the book for her frank explorations of the anxiety, happiness, and at times anger and jealousy she felt in her relationships with her family members and friends.

Jun 08, 2012
  • Li_Brain rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable, but not her best. For me, it was a book to skim and dip into, not swim in its depths and re-read, as with Operating Instructions.


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