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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,160 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Lamott, Sam Lamott Narrator: Anne Lamott, Sam Lamott Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781101538500
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In Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter of her own life: grandmotherhood.

Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at nineteen, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson, Jax’s, life.

In careful and often hilarious detail, Lamott and Sam—about whom she first wrote so movingly in Operating Instructions—struggle to balance their changing roles with the demands of college and work, as they both forge new relationships with Jax’s mother, who has her own ideas about how to raise a child. Lamott writes about the complex feelings that Jax fosters in her, recalling her own experiences with Sam when she was a single mother. Over the course of the year, the rhythms of life, death, family, and friends unfold in surprising and joyful ways.

By turns poignant and funny, honest and touching, Some Assembly Required is the true story of how the birth of a baby changes a family—as this book will change everyone who listens to it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a kindly book, full of Lamott’s trademark neurotic spirituality, and it’s one Lamott’s fans will want, because they’ve watched Sam grow up through her memoirs and her column in Salon.”

    Washington Post

  • “Funny, insightful, irreverent…Filled with humor and the author’s quirky faith…Bound to do for grandmothers what the earlier book did for mothers—bring them insight and sanity in the midst of chaos.”

    Denver Post

  • “[Some Assembly Required] highlights the trademark humor we’ve come to expect from Lamott, with laugh-out-loud one-liners that are both self-deprecating and wise…A welcome addition in the larger Gospel of Lamott.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “The story of one year in a woman’s life, a year that happens to include the arrival of a blanket-bundled gift for Lamott and her longtime readers.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[Lamott’s] typical combination of astuteness and wit…As always, Lamott’s ‘raggedy faith’ is central to her, and whether you share her concerns or not, you appreciate her candor.”


  • “Wonderful…[with] Lamott’s trademark sharp wit and self-deprecating humor…Like so many of Lamott’s books, [Some Assembly Required] leaves readers with new insights.”

    Associated Press

  • “[Lamott’s] crisp writing and self-deprecating honesty ring charmingly true.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the April 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roland | 2/10/2014

    " Very good. I had never read her. Honest and funny. Enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bailey Olfert | 2/4/2014

    " I always like to spend time with Anne's words, and this was no exception. The book is funny, it is honest, it is sweet. Anne doesn't hide, and I appreciate the reminders to be honest with myself. I look forward to revisiting this book when I become a grandmother and can more readily identify with its content. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie Janosz | 1/26/2014

    " First, I must say that I love Anne Lammott and I adored Traveling Mercies and Bird by Bird. Perhaps that is why I was disappointed with her latest release: Some Assembly Required. It felt like the times my sister-in-law would have us re-say or re-act a funny moment so she could videotape it. The second-time around was never as funny. It always felt a bit forced. That is how Anne's latest book struck me - like she is trying too hard. She has some beautiful moments of descriptiona nd reflection - and I enjoyed her record of her time in India - but it never felt like she let go. I also didn't feel the transcendent moments of faith that I loved so much in her other autobiographies. She seems to be moving in a deliberate way toward a more acceptable, less-honest-in-your-face Anne way, from how she wrote and talked previously. Sigh... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reading (and chickens) | 1/24/2014

    " good, but not great. More like 3.5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/19/2014

    " I love Anne Lamott! So I loved this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 1/16/2014

    " I'm a huge fan of Lamott's Bird by Bird on writing, but this left me shrugging my shoulders. As a mother in law, I found her to be annoyingly over involved, critical and manipulative. Ultimately I put this one down before I was done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley Clink | 1/15/2014

    " Better than "Operating Instructions," not as good as "Grace, Eventually." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene | 1/11/2014

    " There is no one I love to read, or listen to, more than Anne Lamott. She writes about what it's like to be human with so much pathos, humor and intimate detail. Is there any other writer who is so unflinchingly honest? I only wish she was my next door neighbor so we could be pals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaw | 1/6/2014

    " usually really enjoy her human and writing but this book is a bit of a downer... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 1/4/2014

    " One of my favorite authors, I LOVED it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/10/2013

    " A very touching, very personal account of the first year of Lamott's grandson's life, so honest that it was sometimes painful to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/23/2013

    " Very timely read. Anne Lamott is so down to earth and real in her writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Ball | 6/12/2013

    " Good, the spiritual commentary was excellent, but got a little off track with her traveling...I liked the baby stuff more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 GoodREADS at WCPL | 9/15/2012

    " I'm a big fan of Anne Lamott's other non-fiction, particularly Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith. This was a good book, but I didn't find it as compelling as some of her others. /acs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cammy | 8/10/2012

    " Met every expectation and then some "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laureen | 7/20/2012

    " I enjoyed the author's insights and her humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julianne | 4/9/2012

    " Reading books written by Anne Lamott usually makes me remember that it's okay to just be me and that Jesus still loves me. Which is to say that I am always much better off after reading than I was before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kamini Karlekar | 4/7/2012

    " This is a very honest book about the first year of Anne Lamott's son's life. It highlights how it really does take a village to raise a child - Lamott's friends and family played a crucial role in helping her through the first year - as did her Church. "

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About the Author
Author Anne LamottAnne Lamott is the author of six novels including, Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, All New People, and Crooked Little Heart, as well as three best-selling books of non-fiction, Operating Instructions,Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, and Traveling Mercies. Anne Lamott has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she has taught at UC Davis, as well as at writing conferences across the country. Lamott's biweekly Salon Magazine online diary Word by Word was voted The Best of the Web by Time magazine. Filmmaker Freida Mock (who won an Academy Award for her documentary on Maya Lin) has made a documentary on Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird with Annie (1999). Her latest novel is The New York Times bestseller, Blue Shoe.