By Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott
(Riverhead Books, $27)
In 1993’s Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year, Anne Lamott shared her poignant, humorous reflections on her first year of single parenthood. Now a grandmother — a bit earlier than she expected — she recounts her first year of Nanahood with the same endearing self-deprecation and examination that her readers have come to know and love. This time around, she invites her son, Sam, to share his voice too. The result is a lovely dialogue about their shifting roles and the blessings and challenges that come with — and far outnumber — those 10 tiny fingers and toes.