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Review of the book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
16 January 2018
How good is this book?
Well, I am writing this review after a second back-to-back read.
It’s that good. It is one of the best books for authors by an author I have ever read, and I say that even though there are about a zillion books for authors by authors I still have to catch up on.
This book isn’t about getting your use of the apostrophe right, or about avoiding dangling participles. This book is about perfectionism, about school lunches, about dialogues and about broccoli.
It is about writing, not eating, and I highly recommend you read the book if you want to know (and learn from knowing) what school lunches and broccoli have to do with authorship.
This book is about dealing with the vulnerabilities of authors by an author who has dealt with the vulnerabilities of being an author and has prevailed, if that easy, humorous writing style is anything to go by.
And this book is a superb example of how to do storytelling right in a non-fiction book.
This book is a kind of bible on the other category of abilities an author needs, the kind of abilities of the mind and spirit you won't find described in grammar books and books on craftsmanship.
I have this feeling I will be reading it again. Seems broccoli is good for you.