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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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Saturday Night Live veteran Julia Sweeney’s “endearing series of true tales from parenthood’s front lines” (O, The Oprah Magazine) is a funny, smart tour de force that reads like a conversation with your best friend.

In these candidly witty and poignant essays, comedienne and writer Julia Sweeney muses on the complex blessings of motherhood: deciding to adopt her daughter, a Chinese girl named Mulan (“After the movie?”); nannies (including the Chinese Pat); 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. 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. Download and start listening now!

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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

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.