Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Reference - 272 pages
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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.'"

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User Review  - ValerieAndBooks - LibraryThing

Bird by Bird was actually a re-read for me. I can't remember the first time I read this (which was sometime in between its publication in 1994 and a few years back), but I liked it well enough then ... Read full review

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User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

There is very little new "advice" in Bird by Bird. What made the book for me was the author's humor and wry outlook. Read full review

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Getting Started 3 Short Assignments
Shitty First Drafts 21 Perfectionism
School Lunches 33 Polaroids
Part Twet ršle writing frame of šur D
Index Cards 133 Calling Around
Writers Block
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Writing a Present 185 Finding Your Voice

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About the author (2007)

Anne Lamott lives with her son, Sam, in northern California. She is the author of five books, including the novels Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, and All New People. Her last book, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year, was published by Pantheon in 1993.

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