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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) 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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“I took so long to assemble my lovely family. If only they would disappear.”

While Julia Sweeney is known as a talented comedienne and writer and performer of her one-woman shows, she is also a talented essayist. Happily for us, the past few years have provided her with some rich material. Julia adopted a Chinese girl named Mulan and, a few years later, married and moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. She writes about everything—strollers, nannies, knitting, The Food Network, adopting her daughter, being adopted by a dog, and meeting Mr. Right through an email from a complete stranger who wrote, “Desperately Seeking Sweeney-in-Law.” She recounts how she explained the facts of life to nine-year-old Mulan, a story that became a wildly popular TED talk and YouTube video.

The essays reveal Sweeney’s ability to find that essential thread of human connection, whether it’s with her mother-in-law, who candidly reveals stories that most people would keep secret, or with an anonymous customer service rep during a late-night phone call. 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.

Poignant, provocative, and wise, this is a funny memoir by a woman living her life with originality and intelligence.

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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
Author Julia Sweeney

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.