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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Susan Bennett

6 Hours 18 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

September 2019

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From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author: An essential volume for generations of writers young and old. The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this modern classic will continue to spark creative minds for years to come.

For a quarter century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. Advice that begins with the simple words of wisdom passed down from Anne’s father—also a writer—in the iconic passage that gives the book its title:
“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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  • Dahlia F.

    A classic that I waited to long to listen to. Her voice is adorably charming and the lessons she shares are relatable and accessible.

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  • Samantha C.

    It was as good as everyone says! Anne's self deprecating look at her experiences of writing and life were so relatable and funny, and Susan Bennett absolutely brought it to life!

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  • Michelle Williams

    Narrator was wonderful. The book itself it hit or miss.

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