Sunday, December 11, 2011

What I'm Reading Today: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

I am loving this book! It's funny, irreverent, beautifully written, and full of so much common sense that I keep slapping myself on the forehead and saying, "Of course, that's the way it is. It's exactly like that."

If you like to write, Anne Lamott tells you in this book how to make your writing better. If you like to read, she helps you understand what it is about one book that grabs you and holds on long after you've read it, while another book fails to engage you from beginning to end.

Bird by Bird isn't only about writing and reading; it's also about life. It's about the big and little things that happen to people, the similarities and differences between the people those things happen to, and how they--all those people in all those stories--connect with us.

This book has been around for a while, so I suspect many of you are already familiar with it. Somehow I missed it until now. If you've missed it, too, please do yourself a favor and check it out. Soon.

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and reviews of this book.


  1. This looks like an interesting book Linda!

    I'm always impressed with people that have the patience to do a puzzle as you show below. I want to cut the pieces and make them fit!! :)

    Have a lovely week!
    xo Catherine

  2. I've put it on my list!

  3. An excellent book! I reread it last month -- it's the sort of book a writer should probably read once a year.

  4. I read this several years ago but clicked on the link and browsed through it just now. On Page 6, there's a mention of remembering when that 4th of July your Dad made Fish House Punch and the adults having to crawl room to room. Every Christmas Day in the Groth family, our big Open House party, it was Fish House Punch my father made. While the adults did not crawl room to room, it was quite the stuff.

    I have the book on my bookshelf and when I culled books after the move, this was one that was definitely staying with me. I think I'll read it again. Thank you for the reminder!


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