If It's Not One Thing, It's your Mother

If It's Not One Thing, It's your Mother

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While Julia Sweeney is known as a talented comedienne and writer/performer of her one-woman shows, she is also a talented essayist--and the past few years have provided her with some rich material. Julia adopted a Chinese girl named Mulan and then, a few years later, married and moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. She writes about deciding to adopt her child, strollers, nannies, knitting, being adopted by a dog, The Food Network, and meeting Mr. Right through an email from a complete stranger. Some of the essays reveal Julia's ability to find that essential thread of human connection, whether it's with her mother-in-law or with an anonymous customer service rep during a late-night phone call. But no matter what the topic, Julia always writes with elegant precision, pinning her jokes with razor-sharp observations while articulating feelings that we all share.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Description: viii, 246 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781451674040
Branch Call Number: 306.8743 Swe


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ksoles Apr 26, 2013

In her comedic but heartfelt look at becoming an adoptive parent, Saturday Night Live personality Julia Sweeney blends laugh-out loud moments with honesty and despondency.

After numerous unsuccessful relationships, Sweeney gathered the courage and energy to adopt a Chinese girl, entering into motherhood much "like a golden retriever running after a ball." "If it's Not One Thing, it's Your Mother" reminisces about the author's childhood, finding a suitable nanny during her daughter's childhood, and life as a working mother. She also deftly tackles issues like same-sex marriage, immigration, prejudices, death and dogs. Ultimately, she pays great homage to her own mother, aunts and friends, all while allowing her daughter to become her own person.


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Jun 16, 2014

pg 64: At a Cantonese restaurant in SF a few weeks after I adopted Mulan, a waitress told me the sounds she was saying over and over again, sounds that I thought were cute Chinese versions of "ga-ga," sounds to which I responded mostly by smiling and tickling her, was actually a phrase. The phrase was "I am hungry. I am so very, very hungry."

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