Bird By Bird


Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott


This little book has been recommended to me several times, and unlike Lamott’s parenting memoir, I found it worth the hype. Its message and ideas are really pretty simple, and not much that I hadn’t heard before, but it was nice to see this wisdom about writing packaged in such a concise, easy-to-digest format. Lamott spends a lot of time talking about the advice she gives her students and the dialogues and exchanges she has with them as she pushes their writing to its potential. It’s easy to see why the book is used so often in writing workshops: it seems so native to that environment. Her advice about publication seems spot-on as well. It’s a kind of love letter from Lamott to her profession, articulating very well what appeals about the arduous life of a writer. There are multiple…

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  1. Just read this and loved it. Appreciate the good advise and insights into her own fears and insecurities about writing.

  2. I just finished reading this book recently, and it is wonderful! I cannot say enough good about it.

  3. mandy

    I love this book and have read it many times just to get in a lot of laughs- this is one of the funniest people in the world. All of her writing is hilarious which makes it all the easier to learn from her. 😀

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