If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother
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 anythin ...more
But the whole thing felt a bit disconnected, even worse considering that it's set up as if it was all written within a month or so, rather than a collection of essays published elsewhere and gathered for this book.
There were a couple of really jarring inclusions, like the quasi-interview with her mother-in-law about abortion. I didn't have a problem with the story, it was actu ...more
First off to be fair, I'd say this book was more like 3.5 stars. It was good, but not great. Sweeney does a great job in making her writing seem conversational and I thought the way she referred to all her ex-boyfriends as Joe 1 through 12 (give or take a few) was hysterical. That being said there were certain things she wrote about that I found irritating and judgmental (as I sit here and judge her judgments). Overall though, it was a quick p ...more
I have to admit, I was slightly irritated by the ch ...more
Sweeney's strength is that, though she's been a Hollywood success, she's someone who's easy to identify with - I'm not a child person at all, finding her story of deciding to adopt, going through the process, raising a Chinese child, and then having to work at forming a family after later marrying. I will say I was tempted to believe that she exaggerated some of Mulan's scenes, but ...more
4.5 stars. Julia is a natural storyteller, and this book was an absolute delight to read. I would describe this book as deeply funny - the perfect blend of depth and humor. Although her stories were light enough to read quickly (and I did; this book was completed in one sitting), they were also revealing, personal, and touching. Highly recommended.
Note: I would like to thank NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read this book.
Julia Sweeney, the delightful former cast member of Saturday Night Live, takes readers into the depths of her family in this hilarious and unique parenting book.Since her time on Saturday Night Live, where she created the infamous androgynous character “Pat,” Julia Sweeney has gone on to establish herself as a witty, captivating performer of one-woman shows, like God Said Ha!, In the Family Way, and Letting Go of God. She gave a TED talk sharing how she explained the birds and the bees t ...more
In her prologue she summarises her journey as a mother, how she loves more than anything else despite her wish that her family would disappear. The joy and the frustrations are true ...more
"There should be a Food Network show just for people who've gone through excruc ...more
This book is really funny and relatable if you:
have adopted a child (check)
from another country (check)
while single (check)
and have or will soon have to explain sex to a pre-teen girl (check)
and are mortified about doing so (check)
See? Those are all really funny to me. But if you haven't done those things, this might be a pretty dry read. Julia Sweeny (of SNL's "Pat" f ...more
Definitely listen to the audiobook. She reads it herself (and did I mention she's ...more
I remembered Sweeney from her WTF episode, and I thought this would talk about SNL a bit, but nope, I guess I got all of it in the podcast. It's mostly about adoption and parenting, which, okay, was still alien and informative for me, specially when it's about adopting a child with a different background.