IF IT’S NOT ONE THING, IT’S YOUR MOTHER
Simon & Schuster describe me and the book this way:
“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.”
“If It’s Not One Thing It’s Your Mother“ is available in physical and electronic form at:
I recorded the audio version of the book. It includes short sections read by my mother-in-law, Norma, and my daughter, Mulan. Personally, I think this is the best version of the material. I love audio books and am often listening to them, so I guess I’m biased. I like to hear things. So I encourage you to consume my book in this format. You can get the audio version here: