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

If It s Not One Thing It s Your Mother 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

  • Title: If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother
  • Author: Julia Sweeney
  • ISBN: 9781451674040
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 SaidJulia 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 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 .A joy to read, this is one of the most amusing, and at times powerful, modern books on parenting.

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    1. First, I would like to say thank you to the author and to for my A.R.C. edition of "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother" which I received through the First-Reads giveaways.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 anything I would normally [...]

    2. I wanted to like this a lot. I've always enjoyed Julia Sweeney's work on SNL and thought this would be right up my alley.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 [...]

    3. (Author is the “It’s Pat” androgynous character from SNL.) I picked up this book b/c I heard Scott Simon (father of two adopted girls form China) interview her on NPR one Saturday morning and I learned it was about her 12-year-old daughter from China. It was funny and entertaining, and a lot of things about her experience becoming an adoptive mother struck a familiar chord in me ( am also a mom by adoption). Furthermore, I identified with her Irish-Catholic upbringing as the oldest daughte [...]

    4. *I won this book in a GoodReads First Reads giveaway*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 [...]

    5. This sure didn't do it for me. It wasn't funny or interesting, and I could only get halfway through it. I get that it was an adventure to adopt her daughter, but other than that, Sweeney's life is just not that interesting, while she is seemingly under the impression that everything she does and thinks is just fascinating. I also really tired about reading of the string of "Joes" that she had no problem letting her daughter get familiar with and attached to.

    6. This book was mildly amusing, but overall pretty weak. If you can get by the stupid title, you might enjoy the gentle array of essays, about, of course, being a mother. To Ms. Sweeney’s credit, she is not the least bit braggy about her child, and she seems to be a pretty cool mother. She does have some idiotic points of view (as most parents seem to), such as not telling her kid about Santa. When her girl is about four, Ms. Sweeney figures why be such a downer, and decides to do Xmas. Funnily, [...]

    7. It didn't take long to read "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother." Sweeney has an easy, conversational way of writing. It feels like sitting down for coffee with an interesting person, listening to them share all of their best stories. I could relate to her struggles to become a mother, and to a lot of the changes in thinking she experienced after becoming a mother: seeing our culture differently, wanting to be fully present to her daughter.I have to admit, I was slightly irritated by the ch [...]

    8. I really liked this book (3 from me = really like!) but it isn't something that's going to stick with me in the long run. I enjoyed the voice, and I laughed out loud a lot, but ultimately I couldn't relate to Julia Sweeney. Although I am also single in middle age, I guess that's where the similarities end and I could not connect with her experience. Definitely not universal! I was especially agog at her child rearing story. I kept thinking how damn easy she had it, and how there would be no stor [...]

    9. Of her three books, I think I liked this one best, and would suggest starting here if you've never read any of them.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 [...]

    10. I was lucky to get this through NetGalley, and enjoyed it. Julia Sweeney gets a gift from Heaven: A month off from her husband and preteen daughter. She loves them, but a month to write? Heaven! It picks up where God Says Ha left off: the relationship with "Carl" ends; she ends up going to China and adopting; meeting a new man and moving to a new state; and finding out that motherhood is an adventure, yet a worthwhile one. The most moving parts of the new memoir is the the death of a brother and [...]

    11. I picked up this book to read on a pleasant day, sitting outside. I should have been doing about 50 different things, but I like Julia Sweeney and I just wanted to read and enjoy the day. Instead, I ended up annoyed - annoyed that these random thoughts, with no craftmanship or editing, were packaged into a book and sold. Annoyed that, by my reading, I was telling Julia Sweeney that it was ok to slap together a book of random thoughts, that people will buy it. Annoyed that Julia Sweeney doesn't h [...]

    12. I have seen a couple of Julia Sweeney's specials on cable and found her very amusing. This book is part memoir, part humor. some of the book has some more serious chapters such as the death of her brothere gives tidbits of her life. she adopted a girl from China who was almost 13 now as of the writing of this book. Julia Sweeney wrote about motherhood with her daughter "Mulan" such as preschool, grammar school. and just raising a kid in general. one chapter was about her former boyfriends that s [...]

    13. readingatrandom/24.5 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.

    14. SUMMARY: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 be [...]

    15. I have mixed feelings about this book. Each chapter deals with a particular aspect of her personal life and is a story unto itself. Some of these stories were heartfelt, extremely relatable and with her characteristic style of humour. Then there were those which were just there and did not really capture my attention.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 [...]

    16. I didn’t know Julia Sweeney before I read this book and I have a very vague idea of who she is after. But I don’t believe that matters at all when choosing to read this book. I chose it because I stumbled upon it somewhere and the title made me laugh because for me it couldn’t be more true. That being said I’m not entirely sure where the title came into play for this book. We don’t really ever talk about her mother so it couldn’t be that so are we talking about her as a mother and th [...]

    17. This was actually a 4 star read for me. So why did I give it 3 stars? Because it is probably a 3 star read for you. I'll explain.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 [...]

    18. I thought it was really funny, but it looks like not that many people got the hunor. It was a quick read, and nice and light--perfect for what I was looking for. I was cracking up on the subway while reading, so I'm quite happy with it. I like the cover too, I thought that was a well-done tie in to the story. I actually had really low expectations and this way exceeded it. I'd recommend it for this summer!

    19. 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.

    20. As much as I have enjoyed Sweeney's other work, this one left me flat. It is decidedly aimed at moms, or at least women, or maybe parents in general, but I don't believe most men would find it nearly as enjoyable. She does make some interesting observations and offers a couple of amusing stories, but overall it was not that interesting to me.

    21. Minor Sweeney. Not as compelling or tightly constructed as Letting go of God or God Said Ha, but still delightful, insightful, and humorous. And the chapter on death is one of the best things I read this year.

    22. Like having coffee with a dear friend who happens to be funny, self-deprecating, tough, no BS and insightful. Julia is a real dame. Love her parenting foibles, her family dramas and her writing. Plus she lives in one of the coolest towns on Earth.

    23. While browsing at the library this week I came across this book and decided to give it a try. This book is written by Veteran SNL comedian Julia Sweeney, many may know her from her alter personality Pat. This book had me laughing in some parts and gave me a lot of insight into her personal life.

    24. A brave and engrossing memoir. Almost makes me want to write one just for my own personal consumption, underline "almost."

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