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Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine Mass Market Paperback – June 10, 2003

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This comfortable recounting by the Emmy-winning Everybody Loves Raymond co-star sustains a nice mix of wisecracks and sincerity that's sure to appeal to viewers of the television show and underappreciated moms. In tidily constructed chapters, divided into sections representing the three cities she's lived in, Heaton recounts her happy childhood in Cleveland, her adventures in New York and her attempts to sustain an average life with four children and a husband in Los Angeles. Particularly authentic are her takes on motherhood: "[A]s much as we'd like to believe otherwise, we're all going to be forgotten somewhere down the line. We'll certainly be forgotten by the world, and eventually by our own families. I mean, who can name their great-great-great grandmother?" The occasional lists, such as her "I Confess Top 20" ("#12: I add MSG to everything"; "#16: I throw away my kids' art projects almost immediately"), are amusing. Heaton's discussion of more weighty subjects, such as religion she tells of her move from Roman Catholicism to tacitly more socially acceptable Presbyterianism is predictable. Heaton has penned a worthy book, and her playful and positive attitude shine through. Agent, Mort Janklow. (On sale Sept. 17)
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“Has that glorious combination of down-to-earth frankness and sly sense of humor that makes it a gas to read. Grade: A.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Funny and clever, bawdy and verbally fearless.” —The Washington Post

“Engaging, effervescent . . . An upbeat memoir that doesn’t obsess about the rough times but instead is beguilingly sensible and wise about what’s important: the author’s family, faith, and craft . . . An invigorating breath of fresh air.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345468996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345468994
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,347,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Stucker VINE VOICE on October 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Patricia Heaton and I were born 8 days apart, in different Ohio cities. We both grew up in loving families, and attended parochial schools. That's where the similarities seem to end. Patricia has four young sons, I have one neurotic dog. She is a famous TV star, and I'm, well, not. But the overwhelming feeling I had after reading this book was, "I would love to have lunch with her sometime."
Take for example a marital conversation Patricia recounts. She read in a book that, "instead of fighting . . .couples should say the word 'tone' when they feel they are being unfairly accosted verbally." Patricia and her husband, "tried that once without much success. It began with me nicely asking him to take out the garbage and him saying 'Tone.' So I toned his tone. He toned my toning of his tone. Our marriage counselor told us we were both tone deaf. My husband thought Tone Def would be a cool name for a rap group or a record label."
Not only did I laugh out loud, I turned to my husband and informed him that someone has been listening in on our conversations. You will undoubtedly have a similar deja vu experience as you read this book if you are married or have children, if you were once a child, if you ever worked at a survival job, or if you are now a fabulously successful TV star.
Buy Patricia Heaton's book, pour a tall glass of your favorite beverage, curl up on the sofa and treat yourself to a funny, insightful, real and touching read. You won't regret it.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Whether you live in Hollywood or Iowa, whether you are a mother yourself or simply live vicariously (as do I) through 19 nieces & nephews as well as dozens of children belonging to friends, no matter what profession you find yourself in, you are GUARANTEED to identify with the words of Patricia Heaton! She speaks as one who as lived "in the trenches". Plain-spoken, self-deprecating, and just as witty when writing her own words as acting those onstage from a script, this book is simply fun. It gives you that warm, familiar feeling that makes you finish the last page and immediately want more. I already admired her, but my respect for her willingness to share all the gritty, true, not-so-pretty details that are everyday life make me respect her immeasurably. This one has definite laugh-out-loud, earn-stares-from-others-on-the-bus passages. In another time, I believe Patricia Heaton would have been the one to gladly announce that the emperor not only has no clothes, but is an idiot! Bravo!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By rebelmomof2 VINE VOICE on December 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A dear friend mailed this book to me ~~ and I have to say, it is a light and refreshing as well as honest look at motherhood and Hollywood. I have always liked Patricia Heaton in "Everyone Loves Raymond" ~~ and definitely like her better after reading her book. With a light touch, she talks about her life before and after becoming famous and being a mom. She tells her story with humor and grace ~~ and being a mom of two boys, I can relate to her experiences with motherhood and wifehood. What a fun book!
This is one of the better autobiographies I have read in awhile. Patricia is a down-to-earth woman who happens to live in la-la land called Hollywood. And after reading this book, I wish her well in future endeavors ~~ perhaps more on her family life would be wonderful!
If you're looking for a lighter and fun read to while away some free time, I highly recommend this book. It is a sure bet that you'll finish this book and beg for more. She's that good.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love Patricia's character "Debra" on ELR. She's a wonderful actress who like may actors had to overcome many hurdles to make it. Let's face it.. the chances of making it in hollywood are slim. Parts of the book were funny like all the odd jobs she worked just to get by. I guess i related because I also made the mistake of working for my college cafeteria for one semester. When you need to survive, you would work anywhere!!
Besides random jobs, Patricia does go into many other parts of her life: Ohio, family, friends, etc. It was a nice quick read! I saw some reviews which accused her of being "whiney" and "ungrateful." Come on now! she had a hard time getting here...Why glorify the dead-end jobs? Also, why does she need to thank Ray Romano all the time???? This is a story about her, not a story of how great Ray is!
Anyways, i bought this book to learn more about Patricia Heaton; however, I think i only got a 5,000 foot view of who she is. I know she wrote an number of memoirs and put them together to produce this book, but I wish there was more! How did she get on ELR and other roles? Any roles which she was rejected from? How did it affect her? What happened in the first marriage? How was her emotional state during all this? What about her new production company?
Maybe i'm asking for toooooo much? I recently read the book by lance armstrong... which i thought was amazing. I guess I was hoping Patricia's book would be similar knowing that she struggled quite a bit.
All in all, if you're patricia heaton fan, you will love this book no matter what. She can do no wrong in many people's minds. Personally, as an avid reader, I thought the book was lite reading. Something that you would read once (maybe twice) and pass on.
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