Operating Instructions Book Summary and Study Guide

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The book is a humorous look at the task of raising a child in society. She is a Christian, so the pressure of being a single mother is one of the most unbearable ones. She is such an honest person about her fears as a mother and as a person. I think none of us are "good enough" to be parents, but this book brings the challenge into perspective. Maybe parenting is the ultimate show of how unqualified we all are in this mess of life. Her ability to appreciate things as well as hate them is a quality we all would love to have. She is as loveable as her son. A wonderful book!
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The review of this Book prepared by Shanna French

This is Anne Lamott's journal from the first year of her son's life. You can toss "What to Expect When You're Expecting" out the window--this book is what it's really like to have an infant in the house.
The review of this Book prepared by Lisa West

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   son Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   1 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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