One of the writer’s groups I attend recently reviewed “Bird by Bird”. I was new to the group, had never read the book, so I didn’t attend. Greenhorn! This book is not for the faint of heart or the holier than thou. It’s deep, it’s dark, it will make you laugh and it will make you nod your head because everyone has THAT uncle/father/neighbor. This book’s intent is to teach the reader to write. This book’s intent is to teach the reader to hope in a story. Just like a famous footwear swoosh, Anne tells the reader to just write, even the sh…. stuff. Yep, that’s my warning. There’s quite a bit of language. But, if you can get past a few sailor-esk words, Anne’s story about writing is more than just writing.
I would recommend this book to writers, almost writers and non-writers. Don’t check this book out at the library. Buy it. You’ll want to use your pen, highlighters and for heaven’s sake, you might even dog-ear a page or 12. Don’t do that in my house though. We are holier than that.