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|Title: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life|
By: Anne Lamott
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Anchor Books
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.04 X 5.2 X 0.58 (inches)|
Weight: 7 ounces
Stock No: WW480017
For a quarter century, more than a million readersscribes and scribblers of all ages and abilitieshave been inspired by Anne Lamotts hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. Advice that begins with the simple words of wisdom passed down from Annes fatheralso a writerin the iconic passage that gives the book its title:
"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that hed had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brothers shoulder, and said, Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird."
The New York Times Book Review
"A warm, generous, and hilarious guide through the writers world and its treacherous swamps."
Los Angeles Times
"One of the funniest books on writing ever published."
The Christian Science Monitor
"A gift to all of us mortals who write or ever wanted to write. . . . Sidesplittingly funny, patiently wise and alternately cranky and kinda reveille to get off our duffs and start writing now, while we still can."
"Bird by Bird would be worth reading just for Lamotts ele- gant, moving, and often-hilarious prose. But the advice she offers is just as fantastic as the style with which its delivered."
"Anne Lamott understands better than anyone that writers need help. . . . She writes so well, in fact, that its hard to believe that she, too, has trouble with writing. Thats whats so deeply comforting about this book."
The Wall Street Journal
"Deftly and honestly explores the mental challenges of being a writer. . . . Lamotts advice is, simply put, invaluable."
"[Lamott] uses her writing exercises or lessons as a way to help us more deeply understand ourselves and the human condition in all its messiness. If youre looking for sense-making and meaning during this deeply destabilizing time, this book is timeless."
Elise Hu, TED Talks Daily
"Delight[s] with insight and descriptive acumen. This humorous, insightful, no-nonsense approach will remind novices why they are writing."
"Offers unique inspiration. . . . An honest appraisal of what it takes to be a writer and why it matters so much."
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