Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Written by:
Anne Lamott
Narrated by:
Anne Lamott

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2022
6 hours 36 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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. Anne Lamott is 'a warm, generous, and hilarious guide through the writer’s world and its treacherous swamps' (Los Angeles Times). 

“Superb writing advice…. Hilarious, helpful, and provocative.” —The New York Times Book Review

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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Marilyn H.

A thoughtful, irreverent, and heartfelt book about all the various aspects of the process of writing. She hits them all, and her humor allows the listener feel as though a friend is talking, tell stories that make your life better. She does not read the book in a polished manner, and that adds to the sense of the book, and makes it even more important to the listener.

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