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Julia Sweeney

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2. April 2013
“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 (“After the movie?”) and then, a few years later, married and moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. She writes about deciding to adopt her child, strollers, nannies (including the Chinese Pat), knitting, being adopted by a dog, The Food Network, 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.

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

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


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"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 Sweeneys 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)

"A former SNL cast member leaves fame behind, moving to the Midwest and adopting a Chinese girl, in this endearing series of true tales from parenthood's front lines." (O, The Oprah Magazine)

"A deep, candid, insightful, and emotional look at love, family, independence, and commitment....Reading it is like catching up through a long, soul-baring night with your funniest old friend." (More)

"A thoughtful set of essays on motherhood embroidered with humor . . . As you'd expect, there's humor here, but it's also a deeper read about relationships and the unpredictability of life." (Chicago Tribune)

"Frank, funny." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

"Julia Sweeney can you make you laugh about anything. . . . Wry and honest." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

"Funny, funny stuff . . . clever and quirky . . . she exhibits that rare ability as a writer to make the ordinary seem interesting." (San Antonio Express-News)

"Outlandishly funny . . . For every mother who could use a laugh—in other words, every mother—If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother offers a touch of wisdom and plenty of wit." (Tampa Bay Times)

"Intimate and humorous . . . Sweeney's devilish sense of humor successfully makes the transition to page, linking the scenes of her life as daughter, sister, wife, and mother into a delightful whole." (Publishers Weekly)

“Laugh-out-loud moments blended with honesty and despondency.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"Sweeney takes life’s quotidian rituals to hilarious heights." (Booklist)

"[Sweeney's] sharp humor shines through . . . singles looking to adopt will find inspiration along with the giggles." (Library Journal)

"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)

"I am hereby breaking my vow to not write any more blurbs because...it's Julia Sweeney! In my opinion, any new creative offering from Julia Sweeney, no matter what the medium, is a cause for celebration because she is such 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)

"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, a writer/executive producer of HBO's Sex and the City and author of The Between Boyfriends Book) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Julia Sweeney was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1994. 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.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely loved it!!! Definitely a must read!!! 2. April 2013
Von Rachel Wiebe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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First, I would like to say thank you to the author and to Goodreads for my A.R.C. edition of "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother" which I received through the Goodreads First-Reads giveaways.

I must say I had no idea what to expect when I picked up "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother" and had decided to begin reading it (was even preparing myself to be highly bored and disappointed). Goodness was I in for a big surprise! I absolutely loved it! Not only because it is nothing like anything I would normally pick up to read (usually sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, romance, post-apocalyptic, etc.), but because I thought it would be a book I would have to push myself to finish reading. Oh was I so utterly and completely (and happily I might add) wrong! I found myself speeding through it and losing track of time as I let myself fall into her story. I laughed with her, smiled with her, felt her sadness and happiness as if it were my own, and found myself experiencing her triumphs and downfalls as if I was there with her. I even caught myself reading aloud parts of it to my sister because it is such a wonderful story that I had the urge to share it right there and then.

Julia Sweeney did an amazing job sharing her life story and putting it into words. She'll make you feel as if you're sitting down with her, talking over brunch and coffee, instead of reading. I cannot give her book enough praise or recommend it more highly. Definitely needs to be put on everyone's To-Read list and I urge you to go out and buy it the day it comes out! I promise you'll never regret it! I'm already passing it on to my sister as we speak and will be saving a spot for it on my shelf of favorite books for when I get it back. If I get it back that is.

And yes, before you ask, I'm serious about the possibly not getting it back part. It's simply that good!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If there's one thing Julia gets, it's life. 13. April 2013
Von Socalme - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Through out my years...I have had the privilege of watching Julia on TV, reading her books and seeing her 1 woman shows in LA. Somehow I am lucky enough to have her when I need her most: to make me laugh, cry and understand life a little better. Thank you once again, Julia, for a wonderful read and a new perspective on life as I know it. It's always a pleasure to share yours.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable read with a conversational style. 2. April 2013
Von Monika - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It didn't take long to read If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother. Sweeney has an easy, conversational way of writing. It feels like sitting down for coffee with an interesting person, listening to them share all of their best stories. I could relate to her struggles to become a mother, and to a lot of the changes in thinking she experienced after becoming a mother: seeing our culture differently, wanting to be fully present to her daughter.

I have to admit, I was slightly irritated by the chapter on strollers. It seemed kind of harsh, with little allowance for the possibility that some people may appear completely normal, but have special circumstances. Even though I understand what she was truly referring to, these pages started to take on a judgmental tone. I was glad to move on from it, and that it was a short chapter.

But Sweeney presents herself honestly and openly. She is who she is, without pretense. I loved that - it was so refreshing! Although this book does focus around motherhood, I think it also offers a look into varied slices of Sweeney's life. I especially enjoyed the pages about her adventures with her brother, Bill, who reminds me of a dear friend of my own.

This was an enjoyable read!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Haven't even finished it! 7. April 2013
Von Tiger mom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have not even finished this book and I find myself laughing, stopping to ponder what I just read in that last line, and thinking of the next free moment I have to pick up my iPad and continue reading. It is great writing because it is easy to read but not simple. it is clever, witty, well thought out and complex and well organized with a nice flow. I am buying 5 hardcover copies to give as gifts because I think it would be a shame to not have shared this with the other women I consider my friends!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny 24. November 2013
Von Karen Longanbach - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very funny. Heard her do an interview on the Stephanie Miller show so I bought the book. Really enjoyed it.
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