Heller McAlpin reviews Anne Lamott’s “Some Assembly Required: A Journal Of My Son’s First Son”

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Nineteen years after Anne Lamott gave birth to the child she wanted desperately enough to become a single mother, her son, Sam, called with the news that he and his 20-year-old on-again-off-again girlfriend were expecting. "They're both a little young, but who asked me?" Lamott writes, setting the self-deprecating tone for Some Assembly Required.

A sequel to Operating Instructions, Lamott's best-selling 1993 chronicle of the struggles and epiphanies of her first year of motherhood, Some Assembly Required addresses the exhaustion, exhilaration and stresses of her grandson Jax Jesse Lamott's first 12 months β€” from amusement at his "copious Newfoundland drool" to profound worries over his parents' rocky relationship. Her interest is in how this birth affects her β€” and Sam β€” to their very core. To get at this, she intersperses her journal entries with comments she elicits from her son in interviews and email exchanges.

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