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If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother | [Julia Sweeney]

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

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 to her eight-year-old daughter, Mulan, which ignited an incredible response. Now, when it comes to talking about motherhood, people want to hear what Julia has to say.
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Julia Sweeney, the delightful former cast member of Saturday Night Live, takes listeners 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 to her eight-year-old daughter, Mulan, which ignited an incredible response. Now, when it comes to talking about motherhood, people want to hear what Julia has to say. If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother is her compilation of stories, revealing her painfully funny adventures and her poignant personal story of deciding to adopt as a single woman, her transition to traditional family after she married and took on the new role of at-home mother, and her insightful open-eyed wonder at the whole concept of motherhood for herself and others, too.

From being mistaken as her daughter's grandmother to her theory that people who can't make friends often resort to making children, Julia imparts a cutting edge, contemporary take on parenting, displaying a definite appreciation for the absurd. Poignant, provocative, and wise, Julia writes about parenting as only she can, laying out her mother-daughter experiences with religion, nannies, pets, schools, and much more.

A joy to listen to, this is one of the most amusing, and at times powerful, modern books on parenting.

©2013 Julia Sweeney (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Lisa Saint Augustine, FL, United States 04-05-13
    Lisa Saint Augustine, FL, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I Love Julia Sweeney"

    If you have "read" Julia's previous works, especially "In the Family Way," you will find the first several chapters of this book to be a lot of review with some new tidbits sprinkled in. It's all good material, it's just material you've heard before. Perhaps this is why I can't give it 5 stars. If all of the stories were new to me, I can imagine giving it 5 stars. I started to get concerned that I had just bought a compilation of excerpts from her other work. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. There's lots of new material here that will keep you thinking and laughing.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen 05-19-13
    Colleen 05-19-13 Member Since 2001

    Nurse, mother, wife, Catholic and avid reader!

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    "Great introduction to Sweeney the performer!"

    I am a HUGE fan of Sweeney, her one woman shows and her TED talk. Ironically, the only thing I scarcely know about her is her character Pat from SNL.
    This book is a great first read to get to know Sweeney, then order her other works to get greater depth. Since I listened the other way, some of the stuff covered in this latest book was a little redundant.
    I did think her performance was a little off compared to the live show recordings she has done in the past for "Letting Go of God" for example. Maybe it is the absence of an audience that makes her reading sound a little stilted.
    One of the topics that makes this such a fantastic listen is the growing and morphing relationship with between Sweeney and her mother. They are about as different as humanly possible, yet loving. In this current work you can feel the understanding, connection and even forgiveness between mother, daughter and granddaughter that is truly heartwarming.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 07-11-14
    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Good but not her best"

    I like Julia Sweeney. This book is not as good as, for example, her performances such as "Letting Go of God". Still, I give it a good recommendation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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