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Some Assembly Required

A Journal of My Son's First Son
Lamott, Anne & . Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6½ hrs. Penguin Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611760484. $29.95; 6 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. MEMOIR
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Early on, Anne Lamott writes a sentence that neatly sums up this memoir and perhaps her whole oeuvre: "this is life on life's terms, not Annie's." In Lamott's case, life surprised her with an early grandchild from her young son, Sam, then 19. She recounts her dutiful support and earnest reliability during the stressful birth and first year of the new family. As in her other writing, Lamott here discusses her feelings about events with honesty and openness. Unfortunately, nothing exceptional is going on, and neither Lamott's overwrought prose nor her overlong explanations can mask the tedium.
VERDICT The authors' lack of skill as narrators destroy this as an audio title; Anne's monotonous, overly serious honk grates after just a few seconds, and Sam's quiet passages reflect his dewy-eyed outlook. For fans only. [The Riverhead hc was a New York Times best seller.]
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