Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son (Large Print / Hardcover)
April 2012 Indie Next List
“In a brilliant return to memoir, Ms. Lamott shares her ongoing story of motherhood and now unexpected grandmotherhood. You'll laugh out loud as Anne and Sam share the trials and terrors this life-altering event brings. Knowing someone as accomplished as Lamott still struggles daily to be good, to tame her controlling streak and her chocolate consumption is a true comfort. That she does so with the help of faith, humor, reflection, and a circle of friends is truly inspiring.”
— Christine Grabish, MacDonald Book Shop, Estes Park, CO
In "Some Assembly Required," Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter of 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 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. Lamott writes about the complex feelings that Jax fosters in her, recalling her own experiences with Sam when she was a single mother. Over the course of the year, the rhythms of life, death, family, and friends unfold in surprising and joyful ways.
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. AUTHOR BIOS: Anne Lamott is the author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "Grace (Eventually), Plan B, Traveling Mercies," and "Operating Instructions," as well as 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 currently studying industrial design, with a major in product design. He lives in San Francisco.