Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

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.

The 5263rd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 108

Since this book was first published in 1994, there is a penalty of 32.0%. The age adjusted score is 73.44.

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