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If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother by [Sweeney, Julia]
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Length: 257 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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)

[A] mix of comedy and emotion that makes up this warm and intimate memoir ... This is a funny, affectionate memoir about being an unconventional parent (Daily Mail)

Entertaining and honest, this is her heart-lifting account of adoption, motherhood and plain old everyday life (Sainsbury's Magazine)

Emotional and hilarious, this book is one to keep (Daily Express)

This book is adorable ... Takes you on an intimate journey that is very funny (Red)

This is a funny, affectionate memoir about being an unconventional parent. With Mulan about to become a teenager, you wouldn't bet against there being a sequel. Can't wait (Irish Daily Mail)

What distinguishes this memoir is Sweeney's ability to draw the reader into her life, so much so that you want her to be your best friend forever (Mslexia)

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)

What a delicious treat! Julia Sweeney is one of the truest, warmest, wittiest voices in the world today, and we're so lucky that she spent her precious alone-time (while her husband and daughter were away) writing a book that invites everyone into her heart and home (Cindy Chupack, writer/executive producer of HBO's Sex and the City and author of The Between Boyfriends Book)

Any new creative offering from Julia Sweeney is a cause for celebration. She is a spectacular combination of insightful, hilarious and honest. So, yay! A new book from Julia Sweeney! Drinks are on me! (Merrill Markoe, author of Cool, Calm, and Contentious)

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A memoir of motherhood and marriage that will make you laugh and cry - and then laugh again

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 707 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (2 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0UQGBU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If I said this was a heart-warming memoir, you might be put off immediately but don't be! Julia Sweeney, in her late thirties, feels her biological clock is ticking very loudly. Unfortunately, she is no longer in a relationship and is unable to carry a child having had a hysterectomy. She decides her only option as a single woman is to adopt and chooses to adopt from China. This book is the story of her relationship with her daughter Mulan. Sweeney also explores many of the relationships in her life: with her own mother, her siblings, her boyfriends (the Joes!),her husband and her in-laws.

While it's a very funny book there are also very moving passages. I found Sweeney's style engaging and very easy to read, yet it wasn't an undemanding read. She writes as though having a conversation with a friend. I read this in one day. It's one of those kind of books - addictive and very readable. Set aside a few hours to read it and just enjoy.
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I read a review of this book in a newspaper, lost the paper and could only remember a bit of the story, tho I knew I wanted to read it. Googling a few words (eg Mulan... which first took me to Disney!) and a bit of perseverance, and I found it!! And I'm so glad I did!! As a prospective adoptive grandmother, the story was Julia Sweeney's warm-hearted journey from collecting her baby through to teenagerhood. I really enjoyed it and made me realise that there may be ups and downs but it's all worth it in the end. Thanks Julia and good luck to you and Mulan.
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Recommended by my sister. Reminded me of similar situations in my life with my mother... Good book to take for holiday reading.
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