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Instant Mom Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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“I expected to laugh. I didn’t expect to cry. And I certainly didn’t expect to laugh and cry on the same page. Instant Mom is for anyone whose life plan didn’t follow the path they anticipated, and shows us that unexpected obstacles can lead to beautiful rewards.” (Rachel Dratch, author of Girl Walks Into a Bar)
“Funny, smart,and full of grounded wisdom that shines much-needed light on adoption I couldn’t stop reading this hilarious and gripping rollercoaster of a story. Nia is an authentic, rocking female role model in so many ways...and being an instant mom is just one of them.” (Jewel)
An instant classic. Refreshingly candid for all parents-plus anyone considering adoption.(I was adopted!) We know Nia is many things: writer, actress, director, musical theaterlover! Here, though, you learn she is a mom first. Pure, beautiful honesty.” (Kristin Chenoweth)
“Readers can feel the tension between desire to share her joy and good fortune and wish to maintain her child’s privacy. Vardalos offers candor, humor, and poignancy in her account of adoption and parenthood as she pokes fun at parenting memoirs but delivers on emotional impact.” (Booklist)
“If you have ever considered bringing a child who isn’t an infant into your family, it’s the book you’ll want to read. And if you just enjoy a good, honest memoir, it’s the book for you, too.” (New York Times’ Motherlode Blog)
Top Customer Reviews
I particularly liked that she talked about her daughter's struggles and behavior problems when she first came home but that over time these behaviors decreased. These behaviors tend to scare prospective parents off, but they almost always get better with patience and loving care. The only thing I disagree with is her statement that love cures every behavior/psychological problem. This is simply not true. Some children will always have severe problems and struggles no matter how much love they get. However, that's rare, and frankly, can happen with biological children or children adopted domestically/internationally.
I have four children adopted from foster care, and found her story to be very accurate. No child adopted from care comes with no trauma to heal from, just as no child (bio or adopted) comes with guarantees. Nia and her husband did whatever it took to help their child heal (sleeping arrangements, therapy, seeking to understand the pain and fear behind the behaviors, etc). Yes, there ARE some children in care whose trauma is beyond the average one of us to manage, but there are far more that simply DO just need a patient, loving home.
I am grateful to have someone shine a light on the GOOD side of foster care. Thank you, Nia!!!
After their adoption is final, Vardalos gets a bit self-congratulatory about her and her husband's parenting choices. She also describes one too many of the experiences her family and friends have with their new child. It's nice, but it's not exactly compelling reading. Thank goodness for a few Hollywood stories at the end that were too weird to not be true. Funny.
The book starts out with Nia telling us about her life with her family, her art, her burgeoning career as an actress. She tells us about her struggles with being accepted for who she is and not who others want her to be. She tells magical stories about getting into The Second City as a resident company member, meeting Ian Gomez, her husband-to-be there, falling in love, finding her way artistically.
Then the dozen attempts at In Vitro Fertilization.
Stuff gets real there. Funny, but real.
It's a quick, compelling and beautiful read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was such an amazing insight into the adoption journey and nia is an amazingly heartfelt ,honest and candid story teller - regarding her journey- in adopting her daughter. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Terry Hess
Nia Vardalos' memoir is funny and touching and interesting! I think anyone who has tried (successfully or not) to conceive will relate to her story. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Julie MacCarthy
I saw the author on a TV show and she mentioned her book and work to adopt through the foster care system. Read morePublished 1 month ago by booklover343
I love this book so much. I'm only about half way through, but I couldn't wait to write a review. I loved Big Fat Greek Wedding, but had heard that Nia Vardalos was a diva and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Comet
YES! My mom just died in a heat explosion.. so i needed a mom fast. I ordered this "Instant Mom" hoping to receive Nia Vardalos in an amazon prime box ready to be my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by schoolfish