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Reviewed by Sabrina Williams
on September 4, 2006
In "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother", stand-up comedian Anita Renfroe approaches the mother-daughter relationship with an essense of realism and a generous dose of comedy. Her ability to find humor and wisdom in any situation gives the reader a glimmer of hope when lamenting the dynamics of their own family unit. While not as hard-edged or blunt, fans of Laurie Notaro's series of books will be familiar with this writing style and enjoy Renfroe's brand of humor. Her Christian overtone is reserved and respectful, without appearing saccharine or ingenous.
This collection of quips about the fundamental relationships between mothers and daughters opens with the author's own disclaimer. "I am not a psychologist," she warns on page 12. "Anything said in this book that sounds the least bit psychological, I probably made it up." Residing in the same household with her mother and her daughter, she likens herself to a Manwich and calls herself a "Momwich."
Male readers will enjoy seeing the world from a woman's perspective and take with them valuable tips for making their own lives easier. Female readers will nod along with Renfroe's comical insight. Everyone will recognize a bit of themselves in the Renfroe family and find themselves laughing at their own idiosyncracies.