Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos

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"Some families are created in different ways but are still, in every way, a family."

Writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos firmly believed she was supposed to be a mom, but Mother Nature and modern medicine had put her in a headlock. So she made a choice that shocked friends, family, and even herself: with only fourteen hours' notice, she adopted a preschooler.

Instant Mom is Vardalos's poignant and hilarious true chronicle of trying to become a mother while fielding nosy "frenemies" and Hollywood reporters asking, "Any baby news?" With genuine and frank honesty, she describes how she and husband Ian Gomez eventually found their daughter . . . and what happened next. Vardalos explores innovative ways to conquer the challenges all new moms face, from sleep to personal grooming, and learns that whether via biology, relationship, or adoption—motherhood comes in many forms.

The book includes laugh-out-loud behind the scenes Hollywood anecdotes, plus an Appendix on how to adopt worldwide. Vardalos will donate proceeds from the book sales to charities.

Vardalos candidly shares her instant motherhood story that is relatable for all new moms (and dads!)


About Nia Vardalos

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Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Nia Vardalos discovered her talent for comedy after joining the Second City Team in Toronto and Chicago. She eventually went on to write and star in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which earned her an Academy Award for best original screenplay and became the highest-grossing independent film, and biggest romantic comedy, of all time. In addition to her extensive writing, producing, and acting career, Vardalos runs a writing course for underprivileged girls and is a spokesperson for National Adoption Day. Vardalos lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Ian Gomez of ABC's Cougar Town, their seven year old daughter, and many pets.
Published April 2, 2013 by HarperOne. 293 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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A humorous celebrity parenting story.

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A humorous celebrity parenting story.

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The author holds nothing back as she chronicles the years leading up to the adoption, and she recounts the minute details of the first year of life as a mother, as her daughter began to learn how to love and trust her new surroundings."

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