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Author: Julia Sweeney Narrator: Julia Sweeney Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9781442365445
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Julia Sweeney, the delightful former cast member of Saturday Night Live, takes listeners into the depths of her family in this hilarious and unique parenting book.

Since her time on Saturday Night Live, where she created the infamous androgynous character “Pat, Julia Sweeney has gone on to establish herself as a witty, captivating performer of one-woman shows, like God Said Ha!, In the Family Way, and Letting Go of God. She gave a TED talk sharing how she explained the birds and the bees to her eight-year-old daughter, Mulan, which ignited an incredible response. Now, when it comes to talking about motherhood, people want to hear what Julia has to say. If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother is her compilation of stories, revealing her painfully funny adventures and her poignant personal story of deciding to adopt as a single woman, her transition to traditional family after she married and took on the new role of at-home mother, and her insightful open-eyed wonder at the whole concept of motherhood for herself and others, too.

From being mistaken as her daughter’s grandmother to her theory that people who can’t make friends often resort to making children, Julia imparts a cutting edge, contemporary take on parenting, displaying a definite appreciation for the absurd. Poignant, provocative, and wise, Julia writes about parenting as only she can, laying out her mother-daughter experiences with religion, nannies, pets, schools, and much more.

A joy to listen to, this is one of the most amusing, and at times powerful, modern books on parenting. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This is the sort of book that made me want to be the person who wrote it. Pithy, painful, and very, very funny.”

    Emma Thompson, actress

  • “What a gift! If It's Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother is an intimate and hilarious book that will leave you resenting your mother less, hugging your children tighter, and glowing with gratitude that Julia Sweeney has put it all into words.”

    Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

  • “Reading If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother gave me the delightful sensation of being Julia Sweeney’s best friend. I curled up in bed with this book and we shared secrets, swapped parenting fiascos and boyfriend dramas, complained about our mothers, laughed a lot, cried a little, and just generally had an awesome time. Write another book soon, Ms. Sweeney! Legions of your friends are waiting!”

    Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road and Bad Mother

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About the Author

Julia Sweeney was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1990–94. She has also written and performed in several successful, critically acclaimed one-woman shows, including God Said Ha!,which played on Broadway and was made into a film, In the Family Way, which appeared off Broadway, and Letting Go of God, which was performed off Broadway and made into a film. She lives outside of Chicago, Illinois.