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

by Julia Sweeney

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

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.

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

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

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ISBN: 9781408843635
Publication date: 13/03/2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408843635
Publication date: 13th March 2014
Author: Julia Sweeney
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Memoirs, Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Films, cinema,

About Julia Sweeney

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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