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If it's Not One Thing, it's Your Mother by Julia Sweeney
  

If it's Not One Thing, it's Your Mother

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A chronicle recording the life-changing events that took Julia Sweeney from single career woman to mother of an adopted Chinese girl, Mulan, and then to the final missing piece of the puzzle, a man to love and become part of her family.

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If it's Not One Thing, it's Your Mother by Julia Sweeney

Julia Sweeney was nearing forty, and quite famous, when she got on a flight to China to turn her life upside down. She had a flourishing career as a comedienne and performer, ample friends and admirers, but what she didn't have was a child and, after a string of non-committal boyfriends, she decided to adopt alone. Mulan was one-and-a-half years old when she met her new mother, and every bit as feisty as the Disney character (whom she was emphatically not named for). If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother is the story of this unexpected mother-daughter pair who eventually became - to Julia's astonishment and in a hilariously unconventional way - a mother-daughter-father trio. From being mistaken for her daughter's grandmother to her tragically short-lived belief that knitting a man a sweater will make him commit to you, Julia's memoir is at once hilarious, poignant, provocative and wise. It is a story of adoption, Hollywood, dogs, death, marriage, Santa Claus, race and religion, the birds, the bees (and the frogs.) and everything else along the way.

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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

About the Author

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 produced by Quentin Tarantino, and Letting Go of God, which was performed off-Broadway and was also made into a film. She lives outside of Chicago, Illinois.

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Book Info

Publication date

13th March 2014

Author

Julia Sweeney

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Autobiography: arts & entertainment
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ISBN

9781408843635

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