Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is an American novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her autobiographical and self-deprecating essays and books on life, writing, and faith. Her notable works include 'Bird by Bird', a book on writing and life, and 'Traveling Mercies', which explores her journey through faith. Lamott's candid and humorous approach to serious subjects has garnered her a large readership and critical acclaim.


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  1. 1. Bird By Bird

    The book is a guide to writing and life in which the author shares her personal insights and practical advice on the craft of writing. Through a series of anecdotes, reflections, and suggestions, she addresses various aspects of the writing process, from the importance of getting started with "shitty first drafts" to dealing with writer's block and the emotional rollercoaster that writers often experience. The author emphasizes the value of writing as a way to understand oneself and the world, and encourages writers to take it "bird by bird," or step by step, focusing on small, manageable tasks to overcome the overwhelming nature of the creative process.

  2. 2. Operating Instructions

    This book is a candid, humorous account of a single mother's first year with her newborn son. The author shares her journey through the highs and lows of motherhood, dealing with everything from sleep deprivation and breastfeeding struggles to profound love and joy. The narrative also explores her personal struggles with addiction, her complicated relationship with her own mother, and her quest for faith and spirituality. The book serves as a raw and honest chronicle of the author's transformation and growth during her first year of motherhood.