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Instant Mom Paperback – May 6, 2014
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With her love of family fully on display in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the movie she wrote and starred in, it’s no surprise Vardalos had always wanted to be a mother. After 10 agonizing years undergoing fertility treatment, she and her husband looked into adoption, a process with its own ups and downs. Finally, with only 14 hours’ notice, Vardalos was the mother of a three-year-old girl. The years enduring the well-meaning inquiries of friends, mean-spirited jibes of insensitive women, and probing of Hollywood reporters were over. Now all she had to figure out was how to mother a preschooler with a very well-developed personality and cope with her own early insecurities about the “match.” 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. Readers can feel the tension between desire to share her joy and good fortune and wish to maintain her child’s privacy. Vardalos, who has become a spokesperson for adoption, offers helpful information on the process as well as encouragement to prospective adoptive parents. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“Laugh-out-loud and painful-in-the-shins.…The author holds nothing back as she chronicles the years leading up to the adoption.” (Kirkus)
“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 theater lover! 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)
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My suspicions were true, and she was very open and honest in this book.
She walked the tightrope that adoptive parents walk of what to tell or not to tell regarding our children's histories with dignity and respect.
Ok, suggesting they might name her "Cujo" was borderline, but then, you have to understand the humor behind that one.
I found this book to be a real honest portrayal not only of the journey through infertility, but also the beginning days of bringing a little one home.
It was heartfelt, sad, joyous and all the emotions inbetween watching or reading about Nia and Ian, accepting and loving their new daughter unconditionally, no matter what she threw at them or how hard she bit them.
They RIGHTFULLY saw, it wasn't about them. It was about her, and helping her feel safe.
I would consider this testimony a must read for potential adoptive parents, or those who are even in the trenches of adjustment.
It will give you hope and help you know that you are not alone.
Your child is terrified...Even if it comes off as aggression, it is a response to sheer terror.
I so appreciate the care given to share how they dealt with these scenarios.
Thanks for the good read, and the laughs along the way.
An absolute must read.
Well, the book is great! You will snicker, laugh, cry, and nod in agreement as you follow the story of Vardalos' own journey through infertility to foster adoption. I was amazed at how open she is in this book: the emotions, the anger, the embarrassing moments, the sense of "Everywoman" finding her way through the puzzling maze of fertility treatments and adoption options. This isn't a movie star lecturing you on what you "should" do; it's simply a funny, hearfelt, and honest look at how she and husband Ian Gomez came to build their family and meet their daughter. Her humor is contagious, with just enough self-deprecation to show that she hasn't "lost touch" with all the other Everywomen out there.
And yes, she does open up about her own family...so all you "Big Fat Greek Wedding" fans out there will have a field day with the trivia and fun facts she tosses around!
Hollywood has always seemed to me to be a place full of out-of-touch egomaniacs. Thanks to Vardalos' book, I've learned that there are good, decent people and families with their own struggles everywhere you look. And if I ever get the chance to meet her, I'll thank her for giving lots of us infertile-yet-hopeful-moms-to-be this wonderful account of humor, heartbreak and joy.