Anne Lamott’s honest telling of her son’s first year of life is not surprising in this age of mommy bloggers and parent’s creating Twitter accounts under their children’s names (for real, this happens). But Operating Instructions: A Journey of My Son’s First Year came out in the early 90s, before Facebook, blogs, and…well, the internet as we know it today.

This book has so many passages that made me just stop, think, and re-read. Parts of it hint at the beginnings of her later works, like “Bird By Bird” and her books on faith (which I haven’t actually read but can imagine what’s in them).

I recommend whether you’re a parent or not.

“I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” – Lamott


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