Instant Mom

Instant Mom

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
After adopting a preschooler, the writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding shares her hilarious and heartwarming parenting experiences, explores innovative ways to conquer the challenges new moms face, and celebrates the fact that motherhood comes in many forms. 50,000 first printing. (This book was featured in a previous issue of Forecast.)


"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!)

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The popular actress shares her story of adopting a preschooler, relating her parenting experiences while discussing innovative ways to conquer the challenges new moms face.

Publisher: New York : HarperOne, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062231833
Branch Call Number: B VARDALOS 2013
Characteristics: vi, 282 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 14, 2016

Very sweet book. I found her experiences so relatable. Recommend!

Feb 12, 2014

Very funny and at the same time truthful. Not your regular celebrity autobiography. Refreshing.

Aug 24, 2013

I haven't adopted, but parenting is the same no matter how the child arrives. I laughed out loud at some of their experiences.

Aug 18, 2013

bham2013 Very readable and relate-able, the actress and screenwriter shares her journey to parenthood. This inside look at one experience with the fos-adopt system both shares some of the ups and downs of parenthood and introduces another route to domestic adoption. Entertaining reading whether or not you want to adopt!

jclterrib Aug 17, 2013

The cover caught my attention and I was not disappointed! What a funny and heartfelt book.

I love that Vardolos focused her book not on her pain and disappointment but on the circumstances that led her to her beautiful and outgoing three-year-old daughter.
Recommended reading for those interested in adoption, if you don't mind the totally irrelevant but entertaining side stories.

May 24, 2013

Using humor to describe a small part of the crazy world of foster care = great entertainment + useful information. Loved it!


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