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Publisher Description

“I took so long to assemble my lovely family. If only they would disappear.”

While Julia Sweeney is known as a talented comedienne and writer and performer of her one-woman shows, she is also a talented essayist. Happily for us, the past few years have provided her with some rich material. Julia adopted a Chinese girl named Mulan (“After the movie?”) and then, a few years later, married and moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. She writes about deciding to adopt her child, strollers, nannies (including the Chinese Pat), knitting, being adopted by a dog, The Food Network, 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.

Some of the essays reveal Julia’s ability to find that essential thread of human connection, whether it’s with her mother-in-law, who candidly reveals a story that most people would keep a secret, or with an anonymous customer service rep during a late-night phone call. 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.

Poignant, provocative, and wise, this is a funny, and at times powerful, memoir by a woman living her life with originality and intelligence.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2013
April 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
5.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Nchameleon33110 ,

Good read

Very fast paced and entertaining. Her voice is clear and unflinching as she describes adoption, addiction, abortion, prejudice, dating, family, and parenting. Christians may find parts of the book annoying as she espouses her negative views of religion, but as these parts are brief - mere sentences peppered throughout - they are easy to skim past.

Overall I liked the book and finished it in three sittings.

Pointless application ,

absolutely wonderful

great read, with endearing honesty and a lovely sense of humor