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Laurel

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

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott, Sam Lamott
    • Narrated By Anne Lamott, Sam Lamott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (56)
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    (55)

    Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at 19, 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 with the demands of college and work, as they both forge new relationships with Jax's mother, who has her own ideas about how to raise a child.

    Renee says: "Not her best work"
    "Wonderful follow up to Operating Instructions"
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    If you could sum up Some Assembly Required in three words, what would they be?

    Families are complicated.


    What other book might you compare Some Assembly Required to and why?

    Operating Instructions is very similar in structure - a journal of new parenting - but this book is a sweet follow up with some key differences. Anne is now a grandmother and shares her experiences, struggles, and revelations that come with a necessarily evolving relationship with her son, Sam.


    What does Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their voices. The book is a shared journal and so many of the passages are like conversations between the two.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This too shall pass.


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