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Cummings, a former child actor from movies and TV shows of the late 1970s, has spent much of her life defined by those three words: "former child actor." Despite this, she's led a rewarding L.A. life in a variety of occupations and, as explored in this quirky memoir, as a mother. In a series of exceedingly funny and honest vignettes, Cummings explores topics ranging from home repair to childhood orthodontics to film industry "success" with deft, sharp prose that begs to be read aloud to friends. What is perhaps most impressive is the way Cummings owns her child stardom, with a level of grace and perspective that defies expectations. Fleshing out the acerbic, particular observations of a rather strange but loving mother, Cummings shares her experience in a way that will remind readers of their own adventures in child- and parenthood.
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Quinn Cummings is a master story-teller and her book is nothing short of delightful. Her insights into topics like celebrity, parenting, and cats with a taste for homicide are pithy and uproarious and not to be missed. Notes from the Underwire is charming, hilarious, and just snarky enough to be ultimately satisfying.―Jen Lancaster, bestselling author of Bitter Is the New Black and Such a Pretty Fat.
Erma Bombeck with an edge.―USA Today
I hadn't laughed out loud while reading a book for years, but Quinn Cumming's struggles nearly did me in. Although she describes herself as a woman who constantly blurts out exactly the wrong thing, she says everything exactly right in the brilliantly overwrought Notes from the Underwire.―Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved by Ducks and Fowl Weather
While I enjoyed the humorous aspect of the book and the author's honesty and stories of her life, I was disturbed by how often she had things about animals that weren't good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sheila
This was a fun and easy read. (I found it when doing a "whatever happened to Quinn Cummings" search, after having binged on episodes of "Family". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kato
I had a really difficult time getting into this book and finishing it. It's almost like she had more she wanted to say but held back to appease everyone. Read morePublished 16 months ago by jen
Everything is over-explained. Not an easy read or light hearted. I did get a few giggles, but not enough to be interested in the bookPublished 17 months ago by Kalli Jacobsen
I tried to read this but found it just missing the mark for me - unengaging and mundane (not in a good way). Read morePublished 17 months ago by shopgirl76
This book is funny and heartwarming. It is not your typical read of essays, it reads mostly like a memoir. It is lovely and touching with a good sense of humor about life.Published on October 5, 2013 by L. E. Bowers
Every chapter felt like she had taken thoughts about life and parenting out of my head and given them a sense of comedy.Published on October 1, 2013 by Lindsey Moore