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Motherhood and Hollywood


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Patricia Heaton graduated from Ohio State University and made her Broadway debut in the gospel musical Don't Get God Started. She has appeared in numerous television films and series, and in feature films including Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Beethoven, The New Age, and Space Jam. For her role in Everybody Loves Raymond, she won the Emmy for Leading Actress in a Comedy Series in 2000 and again in 2001. She lives with her husband and four sons in Los Angeles.


This comfortable recounting by the Emmy-winning Everybody Loves Raymond co-star sustains a nice mix of wisecracks and sincerity that's sure to appeal to viewers of the television show and underappreciated moms. In tidily constructed chapters, divided into sections representing the three cities she's lived in, Heaton recounts her happy childhood in Cleveland, her adventures in New York and her attempts to sustain an average life with four children and a husband in Los Angeles. Particularly authentic are her takes on motherhood: "[A]s much as we'd like to believe otherwise, we're all going to be forgotten somewhere down the line. We'll certainly be forgotten by the world, and eventually by our own families. I mean, who can name their great-great-great grandmother?" The occasional lists, such as her "I Confess Top 20" ("#12: I add MSG to everything"; "#16: I throw away my kids' art projects almost immediately"), are amusing. Heaton's discussion of more weighty subjects, such as religion she tells of her move from Roman Catholicism to tacitly more socially acceptable Presbyterianism is predictable. Heaton has penned a worthy book, and her playful and positive attitude shine through. Agent, Mort Janklow. (On sale Sept. 17) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"Has that glorious combination of down-to-earth frankness and sly sense of humor that makes it a gas to read. Grade: A." --Entertainment Weekly

"Funny and clever, bawdy and verbally fearless." --The Washington Post "Engaging, effervescent . . . An upbeat memoir that doesn't obsess about the rough times but instead is beguilingly sensible and wise about what's important: the author's family, faith, and craft . . . An invigorating breath of fresh air." --Kirkus Reviews

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