A funny, insightful and irreverent book. Very poignant at times as well, as Lamott deals with not only the first year of her child's life, but with Lamott's best friend being diagnosed with cancer. I found some of the things Lamott had to say about the early days and months of motherhood to be very truthful and dead on, even if some might not want to admit they had the same thoughts and feelings.
First, I love Anne Lamott. Her delightful sense of humor and her gift of giving voice to it is what keeps drawing me to her books. Operating Instructions is based on a journal that Lamott kept during her son's first year of life. She is unafraid of putting her feelings about her precious baby on paper--feelings that every new mother has but probably lacks the courage to admit. One day's entry: "It has been a terrible day. I'm afraid I'm going to have to let him go. He's an awful baby. I hate him. He's scum." Of course she actually worships her offspring, but she openly shares the roller coaster of emotions that every new mother experiences during that first year. I read it in one day. Couldn't put it down. I laughed aloud many times. Sheer enjoyment.
I readily admit that I am not in the target audience for this book. I found some of it to be a bit too blunt, and Lamott to definitely be an opinionated woman. Yet, there is something intriguing in looking through another person's eyes as they experience the first year of motherhood, and everything that goes along with it. This is the kind of book that some people will really love, while others might find it questionable as to its value. Personally, I think it is probably a good choice for anyone who is expecting, and might want a small idea of what is to come.
Very much enjoyed this book. Anne Lamott doesn't hide all the ups and downs of motherhood -- sometimes you really do feel that crazy! Even though that part of motherhood is behind me (thank God!!!) it was fun to revisit that crazy time again. Wish I had had this book to read while I was going through the sleep deprivation phase and feeling just nuts.