“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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