Operating Instructions

November 10th, 2005 by cathy

I’m in the middle of reading Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott. I cannot speak more highly of this book. She thinks the way I think. She is a very liberal woman, who is also very religious. I try to be as religious as I can, but sometimes the skeptic in me comes out. As you can see from my religion test I took a while ago, I connect closely to religions that accept a lot of interpretation. Anyway, I wanted to talk about the book, not religion.

I love this book. While Anne seemed to have a harder time than I have been, I feel like I’m out of my mind. I also look at Jack and am utterly amazed. I cannot believe that this little guy is someone that I had inside me at one point. I made this little imp! I find that it is getting harder and harder to let go of him every morning. I love my job, but sometimes, I think that I might like to quit and stay at home to play with Jack.

Anne talks about writing, and I’ve started getting the writing bug. I really want to write a novel now. Specifically, a teen novel. Okay, get scared now. I want to write a teen novel about oral *gasp* sex. There’s been a lot of talk among YA librarians about this book entitled Rainbow Party by Paul Ruditis, and what a load of crap it is. However, some librarians think that maybe their library should carry it, because its the only one on the subject. Well, thanks to Operating Instuctions, I plan on changing that. Of course that means that I need to find time to write the great American novel. Gawd, like that will ever happen.

Oh well. I love this book, and I will savor every single word.

2 Responses to “Operating Instructions”

  1. Adrienne Says:

    Personally, I can’t wait for your teen book on oral sex. You can bet that I will a.) read it, and b.) blog about it. I am, after all, the girl who wrote to the publisher to get an advanced reader’s copy of Doing It because I couldn’t stand to wait for it to be published to read it.

    I haven’t read Rainbow Party yet, though. I don’t really like the cover.

    Speaking of writing, Anne Lamott also has that covered. Her book Bird by Bird is the best book on writing I’ve ever read. It’s like the Bible in my writing group.

  2. Wicked Says:

    I ADORED Operating Instructions! I have read it a thousand times (well, almost!) and every time I am in awe of the way she words things – it’s so fresh and so honest, and it makes you look at the world in a bit of a different way. Well… for me anyway. 🙂

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