Instant Mom

By Nia Vardalos
(HarperOne, Hardcover, 9780062231833, 256pp.)

Publication Date: April 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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In Instant Mom, Nia Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, tells her hilarious and poignant road-to-parenting story that eventually leads to her daughter and prompts her to become a major advocate for adoption.
Moments after Nia Vardalos finds out she has been nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, she is alone and en route to a fertility clinic, trying yet again for a chance at motherhood.
Vardalos chronicles her attempts to have a baby, and how she tries everything—from drinking jugs of green mud tea, to acupuncture, to working with two surrogates. Finally, she and her husband, actor Ian Gomez, decide to try adoption and discover a free service: Foster Family Agencies. Then one day, the social workers "match" her with an almost-three-year-old girl, who she knows, instantly, is her daughter.
With her signature wit and candor, Nia Vardalos reveals what really came next—the truth of how she and her husband transitioned a preschooler into their home. Vardalos opens up about the bawling-tears and belly-laughter that all make up what it means to be...a parent.

About the Author

Academy Award– and Golden Globe–nominated actress and writer of such films as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Connie and Carla, I Hate Valentine’s Day, My Life In Ruins, and Larry Crowne, Nia Vardalos was born and raised in Canada and is an alumnus of The Second City Toronto and Chicago. She is also the author of the memoir, Instant Mom. Vardalos, her husband, daughter, and many pets reside in Los Angeles.

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