BBGMBC Discussion Question #7 for Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott

by @thewritermama on May 7, 2012 · 3 comments

Today, May 7th, is the seventh discussion question for the Beyond Busy Global Monthly Book Club. We just finished Anne Lamott’s Some Assembly Required, A Journal of My Son’s First Son and now we will spend seven days discussing it. Anyone who has read the book can participate by commenting.

Our next book selection is the hot-off-the-presses Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel. You can join our public BBGMBC Facebook group, if you would like to join us in reading one excellent quality book per month and then discussing it here.

Some Assembly Required, A Journal of My Son’s First Son is written by Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott and published by Riverhead in 2012.

Field trip! Read this NYT interview that KJ Dell’Antonia did with Anne Lamott. I really enjoyed it, and I hope you will read the whole thing.

Here’s one line that jumped out at me: “Having one well parent is the hugest advantage any child can have.”

Comment on this line, or read the rest of the interview and pull out a line that jumps out at you and comment on it.

Surprise us!

Thanks for reading Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott. This is our last discussion question for this book and I look forward to our next book and discussion.

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  • Great article. Thanks for attaching.

     I was a bit taken aback at the lead in to that answer which includes your quote, “Most marriages are a mess,” I don’t agree. I think those raised in messy ones have tried not to repeat the earlier generation’s mistakes. I like to believe as she says later, ” Everyone is flailing through their life without an ownder’s manual, with whatever modicum of grace and good humor we can manage.” I think same would be true for marriages. It is certainly the message I try to impart to my children when obstacles arise. Grace and good humor go a long way!

  • Enjoyed the article. Like the quote, “Writing is like driving at night with the headlights : you can only see a little way in front of you but you can make the whole journey this way.” Can be applied to life in general, I think.

  • Pmacott

    The quote about writing being like driving at night with headlights on was pretty spot on – the paragraph about Gloria Steinem too, how much now is taken for granted but was so inspiringly ‘revolutionary’ at the time.  Great image of her sitting next to her friend reading the magazine like she used to do with her cousins and the Sears catalog!

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