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

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

By Julia Sweeney

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781451674057, 246pp.

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Description
"Saturday Night Live" veteran Julia Sweeney's endearing series of true tales from parenthood's front lines ("O, The Oprah Magazine") is a funny, smart tour de force that reads like a conversation with your best friend.
In these candidly witty and poignant essays, comedienne and writer Julia Sweeney muses on the complex blessings of motherhood: deciding to adopt her daughter, a Chinese girl named Mulan ( After the movie? ); nannies (including the Chinese Pat); being adopted by a dog; and meeting Mr. Right through an email from a complete stranger who wrote, Desperately Seeking Sweeney-in-Law. She recounts how she explained the facts of life to nine-year-old Mulan, a story that became a wildly popular TED talk and YouTube video. But no matter what the topic, Julia always writes with elegant precision, pinning her jokes with razor-sharp observations while articulating feelings that we all share.

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