Book Recommendation: Bird by Bird

If you’re not familiar with the author Anne Lamott, I am here to tell you that I love her writing. She is serious and hilarious simultaneously, not an easy trick to pull off. Of all her books, I love Bird by Bird the most. The subtitle is Some Instructions on Writing and Life.

This is the best book on writing I know. If you’ve ever considered writing for publication or enjoy writing for your own pleasure, this is the book for you. Lamott knows all the obstacles and excuses you are carrying around in your head, and she dispenses with them in her own inimitable manner. At the same time, the book is philosophical—but not in a ponderous, off-putting way. Again, you will laugh.

If you’re curious about the title, when Lamott was a child her younger brother had a book report on birds due the next day and was agonizing about getting it written. Their father, who was himself a writer, patted his son on the head and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” Not a bad approach for a book report or for any other task before you that seems formidable. Bird by bird.

© Judi Birnberg

© Judi Birnberg


Filed under All things having to do with the English language

4 responses to “Book Recommendation: Bird by Bird

  1. Janet Papkin

    Oh Judi! Your art is so wonderful. What a perfect match for the book. I have it on my bookshelf by the way.

    xo Janet

    Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 23:22:44 +0000 To:


  2. Kathy Sandel

    OMG. I see what I will consider a typo in your presentation. I am totally undone by it. Love the book, though.


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