- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (6 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062231847
- ISBN-13: 978-0062231840
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,70,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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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Instant Mom is a hilarious and touching memoir, chronicling how Nia Vardalos broke into the film industry, had dinner with the Queen of England, and then, impossibly, found her daughter when she was almost three years old. Even before she was filming My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Vardalos firmly believed she was supposed to be a mother. But as time went by, she realized that modern medicine and Mother Nature had her in a headlock. Suddenly, she made a choice that shocked friends, family, and even herself: with only fourteen hours' notice, she adopted a preschooler. Vardalos is refreshingly candid about what happened next. She wittily explores challenges all new parents face, plus includes a comprehensive how-to-adopt section. Ultimately, Nia Vardalos realizes that "some families are created in different ways, but are still, in every way, a family."See all Product description
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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.