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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it!!! Definitely a must read!!!, April 2, 2013
This review is from: If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother (Hardcover)
First, I would like to say thank you to the author and to Goodreads for my A.R.C. edition of "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother" which I received through the Goodreads First-Reads giveaways.

I must say I had no idea what to expect when I picked up "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother" and had decided to begin reading it (was even preparing myself to be highly bored and disappointed). Goodness was I in for a big surprise! I absolutely loved it! Not only because it is nothing like anything I would normally pick up to read (usually sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, romance, post-apocalyptic, etc.), but because I thought it would be a book I would have to push myself to finish reading. Oh was I so utterly and completely (and happily I might add) wrong! I found myself speeding through it and losing track of time as I let myself fall into her story. I laughed with her, smiled with her, felt her sadness and happiness as if it were my own, and found myself experiencing her triumphs and downfalls as if I was there with her. I even caught myself reading aloud parts of it to my sister because it is such a wonderful story that I had the urge to share it right there and then.

Julia Sweeney did an amazing job sharing her life story and putting it into words. She'll make you feel as if you're sitting down with her, talking over brunch and coffee, instead of reading. I cannot give her book enough praise or recommend it more highly. Definitely needs to be put on everyone's To-Read list and I urge you to go out and buy it the day it comes out! I promise you'll never regret it! I'm already passing it on to my sister as we speak and will be saving a spot for it on my shelf of favorite books for when I get it back. If I get it back that is.

And yes, before you ask, I'm serious about the possibly not getting it back part. It's simply that good!
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Initial post: Apr 2, 2013 8:35:48 AM PDT
April Friend says:
No surprise that it's "conversational!" Julia is hilarious. She held a series of one-woman shows / workshops while she was working on the material. Every Saturday for eight weeks (I think), she would get up in front of a small audience and read the essays she was working on - see how it worked in front of an audience. Some of the essays we only heard once, and a few we heard multiple times. It was a lot of fun, and hopefully very helpful to her. My copy of the book is on a UPS truck somewhere, being delivered soon - can't wait!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2013 8:02:30 AM PST
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I found it disappointing that the book gives a nod to the book "Toddler Adoption" (there is no book with the title "International Toddler Adoption"). Mary Hopkins-Best, author of "Toddler Adoption" is a proponent of a highly abusive parenting and therapy called "Attachment Therapy." I don't think for a minute that Sweeney adopted these methods, but readers should get a heads up about this practice. Here are quotes from this book on the website of an organization that opposes this horrid practice.

http://www.childrenintherapy.org/proponents/hopkins-best.html

Too bad Sweeney didn't warn people herself about this book.
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