Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

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"I woke up with a start at 4:00 one morning and realized that I was very, very pregnant." So begins novelist Anne Lamott's journal of the birth of her son, Sam, and their first year together. She must face complicated circumstances of heroic proportions. A single mother who must support herself and her son entirely by her wit and craft, she is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for more than three years. Newly and militantly on her own side, she remains dangerously close to memories of days when she "couldn't take decent care of cats."

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The 418th greatest nonfiction book of all time

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  1. - 99th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)

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