If It's Not One Thing, It's your Mother

If It's Not One Thing, It's your Mother

Book - 2013
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Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2013.
ISBN: 9781451674040
Characteristics: viii, 246 p. ;,24 cm.

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jess09icat
Nov 25, 2013

I really enjoyed this easy to read true life story about a single mother and adoption. Some of the stories are quite funny, although there were not many painful parts, so hopefully all went so smoothly. Her adopted daughter seems to have 'inherited' her 'mother's' sense of humour. It does have a happy ending for Julia.

ksoles Apr 26, 2013

In her comedic but heartfelt look at becoming an adoptive parent, Saturday Night Live personality Julia Sweeney blends laugh-out loud moments with honesty and despondency.

After numerous unsuccessful relationships, Sweeney gathered the courage and energy to adopt a Chinese girl, entering into motherhood much "like a golden retriever running after a ball." "If it's Not One Thing, it's Your Mother" reminisces about the author's childhood, finding a suitable nanny during her daughter's childhood, and life as a working mother. She also deftly tackles issues like same-sex marriage, immigration, prejudices, death and dogs. Ultimately, she pays great homage to her own mother, aunts and friends, all while allowing her daughter to become her own person.

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labrys
Jun 16, 2014

pg 64: At a Cantonese restaurant in SF a few weeks after I adopted Mulan, a waitress told me the sounds she was saying over and over again, sounds that I thought were cute Chinese versions of "ga-ga," sounds to which I responded mostly by smiling and tickling her, was actually a phrase. The phrase was "I am hungry. I am so very, very hungry."

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