Bird by Bird: Some 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.' Here ...

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Sep 8, 2012


All the information that young writers need to hear is packed into this one, short, enormously witty book! Anne Lamott delivers much-needed advice, practice, and motivation to beginning writers, bored writers, depressed writers, uninterested writers (and pretty much every other kind too!) in a way that is entertaining and much easier to understand than your average English textbook. In addition, it lives up to the second part of the title, "Some Instructions On Writing and Life" by also applying said encouragement and wisdom to life with an abundance of funny and touching examples.


Jul 29, 2010


we had to get this as a textbook for art school, my daughter likes it , the book has some humor to it but as normal most textbooks are a pain to read


Jan 22, 2009

How to Write by a Great Writer!

My suggestion: read Traveling Mercies first, so that you can know who Anne Lamott is. But even if you don't, this is a very good book about writing. She tells you how to do suggestions and of course, by EXAMPLE...her own!


Aug 14, 2008

Fresh perceptions

A welcome change of pace and attitude. R. Frost, M.A.

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