About 20 years ago, writer Anne Lamott found herself unexpectedly expecting. As a single mother, she relied on her close circle of friends and family, and the comforts of her faith, to help her raise her son, Sam. She shared the difficulties and joys of the first year of motherhood in the bestselling memoir OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS. In 2009, when Sam was just 19 years old, he became a parent himself. Dealing with another surprise pregnancy and the fact that she was a grandmother much sooner than she had thought she would be, Lamott once again recorded her thoughts and emotions in a journal, now published as SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.
"SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED is touching, warm, thoughtful, spiritual and still hilarious.... However, the funny here is never silly; it is wise and sometimes self-deprecating, sharp and still kind-hearted. And it makes for a lovely, enjoyable and poignant memoir."
Jax Lamott was born to Sam and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Amy, in July 2009. Feeling too young at 55 to be a grandmother, and wishing Sam and Amy were more settled and prepared to be parents, Lamott nevertheless falls head over heels in love with Jax. Despite the fact that Jax, like Sam had been, was surrounded by loving well-wishers, things were not easy. Sam and Amy were tired and irritable, and Amy was far from her family and close friends. But this is Anne Lamott's story; it is the record of her hopes, fears, anxieties and happiness as Jax grows day by day (and as Sam and Lamott herself grow everyday as well).
Still, Sam has a voice in the book. Through emails and interviews with his mother, he shares how he feels about becoming a father and about being a son. Like his mother, Sam has a way with words: his descriptions are at once very personal and quite universal, and his honesty and sincerity add a welcome layer of meaning to the story.
While Jax hits all the usual milestones, like rolling over, grabbing his own toes and teething, his grandmother hits milestones of her own --- ones seldom noted. She has to let go control o