Anne (and Sam) Lamott talk parenthood

On Friday a friend and I went to hear Anne Lamott speak about her newest book, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of my Son’s First Son. She cowrote the book with her son, Sam. (Readers will recognize Sam from many of her previous books, namely, Operating Instructions, which is about Sam’s first year of life and the struggles of new parenthood.) He was at the reading, too. Together they read and spoke as a kind of duet that was hilarious and thoughtful and thought-provoking. Question-provoking, I should say. Like, for example, how didn’t Anne flip out when her 19 year-old son came to her and said he was going to be a father? Nobody asked that, though.

Anne is known for her honesty and bare-all writing style. She writes generously about such intimate topics as single motherhood, alcoholism and her Christian faith. If you’ve read any of her books, you know that she is one funny lady. One of the gems of the night was when Anne was describing her writing style and, speaking about her struggles, said: “I just find this placee has been a terrible match for me. The Earth.”

Another great moment came when Sam was reading one of his emails from the book, which he’d written to his Mom during the first few weeks after his son Jax’s birth. As he was reading, Anne creeped up behind him and whispered (loudly enough that we could hear), “Slow down”. That was the first glimpse of the night of a mother and son on tour for a book they wrote together. The banter continued throughout their night.

Have you read anything by Anne Lamott, or, have you already read this latest book? What was the best author event you’ve been to? This particular event had me reminiscing about the Decatur Book Festival and getting to hear these awesome dudes at the children’s tent.

(Photo by Laura Morton

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7 comments
    • Erin said:

      I’m so glad! Yeah, I can’t wait either.

  1. Cassie said:

    I love Anne Lamott and this post made me love her even more especially when she whispered “slow down” to Sam. Love it.

    • Erin said:

      Isn’t she too funny? I know, I can’t wait to read this book, too.

  2. Bobbi said:

    Sounds like a good book for me andKayleigh to read, lol. What do you think? xoxoxo

    • Erin said:

      Yes! I think that would be perfect for y’all. She is in no way preachy or acts like she has all the answers. It sounds like it’s just a funny, honest reflection on that time in their lives. Actually, you and kayleigh should write your own story. :)

  3. Oh man! How did I miss this!!? I love Anne Lamott. The first book of hers I read was “Bird by Bird” in a writing class many years ago. I’ve taught out of it myself countless times since. Is there a place you go to keep up with literary goings-on around Atlanta? I’d love to subscribe to any lists your on so I don’t miss out on readings like this in the future!

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