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Bird by Bird : Instructions on Writing and Life

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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd 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 brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'" "Superb writing advice... hilarious, helpful and provocative." -- "New York Times Book Review." "A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." -- "Los Angeles Times." "A gift to all of us mortals who write or ever wanted to write... sidesplittingly funny, patiently wise and alternately cranky and kind -- a reveille to get off our duffs and start writing "now," while we still can." -- "Seattle Times."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 239 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 15.24mm | 136.08g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Anchor Books ed
  • 0385480016
  • 9780385480017
  • 1,084

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"Superb writing advice... hilarious, helpful andprovocative." -- New York Times BookReview. "A warm, generous andhilarious guide through the writer's world and itstreacherous swamps." -- Los AngelesTimes. "A gift to all ofus mortals who write or ever wanted to write...sidesplittingly funny, patiently wise and alternatelycranky and kind -- a reveille to get off our duffsand start writing now, while westill can." -- SeattleTimes."show more

About Anne Lamott

Anne Lamottis theNew York Timesbestselling author ofHelp, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches;Some Assembly Required;Grace (Eventually);Plan B;Traveling Mercies; Bird by Bird;Operating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, includingImperfect BirdsandRosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California."show more

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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd 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 brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"show more

Review Text

"Superb writing advice... hilarious, helpful and provocative." -- New York Times Book Review . "A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." -- Los Angeles Times . "A gift to all of us mortals who write or ever wanted to write... sidesplittingly funny, patiently wise and alternately cranky and kind -- a reveille to get off our duffs and start writing now , while we still can." -- Seattle Times .show more