Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son

Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son


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Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son by Anne Lamott, Sam Lamott

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird by Bird, Hallelujah Anyway, and Almost Everything

“If there is a doyenne of the parenting memoir, it would be Anne Lamott.”—Time

In Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter in her own life: grandmotherhood. Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at nineteen, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax’s life. In careful and often hilarious detail, Lamott and Sam—about whom she first wrote so movingly in Operating Instructions—struggle to balance their changing roles. By turns poignant and funny, honest and touching, Some Assembly Required is the true story of how the birth of a baby changes a family—as this book will change everyone who reads it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594486678
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 785,626
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; StitchesSome Assembly RequiredGrace (Eventually)Plan BTraveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

Sam Lamott is an inventor, designer, entrepreneur, and artist who lives in San Francisco.


Fairfax, California

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

San Francisco, California


Attended Goucher College in Maryland before dropping out to write

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“[Lamott’s] crisp writing and self-deprecating honesty ring charmingly true.”

“[Some Assembly Required is] full of Lamott’s trademark neurotic spirituality, and it’s one Lamott’s fans will want.”
The Washington Post

“Wonderful . . . [with] Lamott’s trademark sharp wit and self-deprecating humor . . . Like so many of Lamott’s books, [Some Assembly Required] leaves readers with new insights.”
—The Associated Press

“[Lamott’s] typical combination of astuteness and wit . . . As always, Lamott’s ‘raggedy faith’ is central to her, and whether you share her concerns or not, you appreciate her candor.”

“The story of one year in a woman’s life, a year that happens to include the arrival of a blanket-bundled gift for Lamott and her longtime readers.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“[Some Assembly Required] highlights the trademark humor we've come to expect from Lamott, with laugh-out-loud one-liners that are both self-deprecating and wise … a welcome addition in the larger Gospel of Lamott.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Funny, insightful, irreverent…filled with humor and the author's quirky faith…Bound to do for grandmothers what the earlier book did for mothers — bring them insight and sanity in the midst of chaos.”
The Denver Post

“Anne Lamott’s singular gift for bringing readers into the intimate circle of her life flows effortlessly in this new memoir, mixing the absurd and sublime with her usual alchemical genius…you’ll be seduced by the darkly comic tone, self-deprecating wit, and relentless honesty; she somehow makes the bumps and joys of her life intensely relatable. She can capture the bliss and beauty of tiny emotional events in a few perfect words, then skewer her own worst impulses with brutal hilarity.”
Bust Magazine

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Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
- What drew me to this book was the photo of the small baby foot. This book is as sweet as it’s covers and follows the year adventure of author Anne Lamott as she prepares for her first grandson. This book is a joy to read, Lamott shares the highs and lows as a new grandmother as she navigates a fine balance between being close to her grandson and not interfering into her son’s life. Lamott also shares her own odyssey of self discover as she travels to India to find inner peace and divine inspiration. The book is written in a diary form, so the reader feels like it is gaining direct access to the personal thoughts of the writer. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain hope and inspiration of the beauty of life and reaffirm the maxim “that children are living messengers to a world we will never see.”
BeeMD More than 1 year ago
After reading snippets of this story in various magazines, I read the whole book. While not altogether a happy saga, it is very satisfying, and almost painfully revealing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some Assembly Required bring out more of the Anne Lamott that you love. Her insecurities and thoughts - those we may all have but not put into writing. Enjoyable because it is so real and rings so true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some parts quite interesting grandma stuff. Then a very long drawn out story about her trip to India. I am bored to tears by page 90! I was intigued to pay $12.99 after hearing great interview with author! I will borrow from library before purchasing her other books. Dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet, beautifully written with humor and love. Ms Lamott writes with such a human touch, I feel like she is talking to me and understanding what my heart is saying. A great instruction manual for grandmothers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good story. Grandmotherhood is an interesting role and Anne has captured some of the complexities.
glorygirlVC More than 1 year ago
This book is full of grace, humor and Anne's growing wisdom. Her books are life-giving to me showing how God loves us in our raw, every-day, no holds barred form. This is no exception. Please keep 'em coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!
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Avid-readerKS More than 1 year ago
If you like Lamott you will enjoy this on going foray into her life as a grandmother. It has tidbits of wisdom, reminders for those already grandparents to let it go, and a warning to those yet to reach grandparenthood, it is grand but there are heart wrenches along the way. A nice read.
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Looks at Darcy. "Ello."
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Sure. Go ahead. Not that there's many others here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've only skimmed the book.