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Notes from the Underwire: Adventures from My Awkward and Lovely Life Paperback – July 7, 2009
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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
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The surprising part is that aside from being funny, Quinn is a gifted storyteller, and a terrific writer. Buy extra copies to give to your friends, they will thank you.
Then you start in on page 1, when Cummings is on her way back from the bathroom to rejoin her daughter in a parent/child art class. "I dashed up the stairs and bounded through the doorway into the classroom," she recalls. "Only, to keep things lively, I didn't pass through the open door but slammed into its adjacent plate-glass window instead. The flat light shining through from the classroom had rendered it invisible. Now it was abundantly visible thanks to the smeary marks made by my nose, lips, and cheek crashing into its surface at full trot."
As it turns out, that's typical Quinn: notoriously prone to clumsy accidents and foot-in-mouth disease, hopeless at arts and crafts, guilty of various bad fashion choices over the years, devoted to her boyfriend and their daughter but desperate once in a while for a little time and space to herself. This accomplished woman happens to be an extraordinarily ordinary person - just like you and me, but funnier.
Not since Dave Barry has a writer had me sitting in a room, alone with a book, and laughing out loud.Read more ›
Quinn Cummings' 15 minutes of fame are her childhood roles in the movie The Goodbye Girl (1977) and the TV show Family (1977-1980). After her acting career, Quinn lived as a typical teenager (well, typical for LA) while dealing with parental illness and loss. Upon becoming an adult, she tried her hand at being a talent agent with hilarious results. Going forward, she invested in a home with an attitude that forced her to endure out-of-control home remodelling and repairs. Finally, Quinn embraced the joys of a committed relationship with "Consort" and immersed herself in the wacky pleasures of being a stay-at-home mother. Meanwhile, Quinn's interactions with the animal kingdom border on the bizarre while touching the heart of pet owners everywhere.
Notes from the Underwire is an amusing autobiography in the same vein as Erma Bombeck. Quinn's ability to charm and move the reader with her hilarious accounts of her daily life as a mother, a partner, and a former child actor ("Former child actors aren't people...they're memories from your childhood...) proves that the accolades her web blog (The QC Report) received by Newsweek and USA Today are well deserved. Spend an evening with Quinn Cummings and go to bed with a smile on your face and a good feeling in your heart.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 7 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 8 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 21 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 21 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 21 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