Notes from the Underwire: Adventures from My Awkward and Lovely Life

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Meet Quinn Cummings. Former child star, mother, and modern woman, she just wants to be a good person. Quinn grew up in Los Angeles, a city whose patron saint would be a sixteen-year-old with a gold card and two trips to rehab under her belt. Quinn does crossword puzzles, eats lentils without being forced, and longs to wear a scarf without looking like a Camp Fire Girl. And she tries very hard to be the Adult—the one everybody calls for a ride to the airport—but somehow she ...

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Overview

Meet Quinn Cummings. Former child star, mother, and modern woman, she just wants to be a good person. Quinn grew up in Los Angeles, a city whose patron saint would be a sixteen-year-old with a gold card and two trips to rehab under her belt. Quinn does crossword puzzles, eats lentils without being forced, and longs to wear a scarf without looking like a Camp Fire Girl. And she tries very hard to be the Adult—the one everybody calls for a ride to the airport—but somehow she always comes up short.

In Notes from the Underwire, Quinn's smart and hilarious debut, she tackles the domestic and the delightfully absurd, proving that all too often they're one and the same. From fighting off a catnip-addled cat to mortal conflict with a sewing machine, Quinn provides insight into her often chaotic, seldom-perfect universe—a universe made even less perfect when the goofy smile of past celebrity shows its occasional fang. The book, like the author herself, is good hearted, keenly observant, and blisteringly funny. In other words, really good company.

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Quinn Cummings is perhaps best known as the Oscar-nominated actress who played Marsha Mason's daughter in The Goodbye Girl and, somewhat less visibly, as the creator of the HipHugger, a sling-like device for carrying a baby. With the publication of this book, it is possible that Cummings will be remembered too for her unique insights and observations. For example: "I live in Los Angeles where it is now socially acceptable to carry a Starbucks cup anywhere, including a funeral." "Nearly everything I knit quickly develops an uncanny resemblance to a double helix. The only things which don't resemble a double helix are the potholders I knit. They resemble tumors." A delightfully undomesticated, unforgettable first book.
USA Today
Erma Bombeck with an edge.
Jen Lancaster
Quinn Cummings is a master story-teller and her book is nothing short of delightful. Her insights into topics like celebrity, parenting, and cats with a taste for homicide are pithy and uproarious and not to be missed. Notes from the Underwire is charming, hilarious, and just snarky enough to be ultimately satisfying.
Bob Tarte
I hadn't laughed out loud while reading a book for years, but Quinn Cumming's struggles nearly did me in. Although she describes herself as a woman who constantly blurts out exactly the wrong thing, she says everything exactly right in the brilliantly overwrought Notes from the Underwire.
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Quinn Cummings is a master story-teller and her book is nothing short of delightful. Her insights into topics like celebrity, parenting, and cats with a taste for homicide are pithy and uproarious and not to be missed. Notes from the Underwire is charming, hilarious, and just snarky enough to be ultimately satisfying.—Jen Lancaster, bestselling author of Bitter Is the New Black and Such a Pretty Fat.

Erma Bombeck with an edge.—USA Today

I hadn't laughed out loud while reading a book for years, but Quinn Cumming's struggles nearly did me in. Although she describes herself as a woman who constantly blurts out exactly the wrong thing, she says everything exactly right in the brilliantly overwrought Notes from the Underwire.—Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved by Ducks and Fowl Weather

Publishers Weekly
Cummings, a former child actor from movies and TV shows of the late 1970s, has spent much of her life defined by those three words: "former child actor." Despite this, she's led a rewarding L.A. life in a variety of occupations and, as explored in this quirky memoir, as a mother. In a series of exceedingly funny and honest vignettes, Cummings explores topics ranging from home repair to childhood orthodontics to film industry "success" with deft, sharp prose that begs to be read aloud to friends. What is perhaps most impressive is the way Cummings owns her child stardom, with a level of grace and perspective that defies expectations. Fleshing out the acerbic, particular observations of a rather strange but loving mother, Cummings shares her experience in a way that will remind readers of their own adventures in child- and parenthood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401322861
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Quinn Cummings began her acting career at a young age, landing roles in numerous TV commercials and eventually winning the role of Marsha Mason's daughter in the 1977 film, The Goodbye Girl, for which she was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Quinn left acting in the mid-90's, Inspired by the birth of her first child, she created the HipHugger, a sling-type device for carrying a baby; she is now president of the company. In 2005, Quinn started The QC Report, a blog which discusses the ironies of modern life from the point of view of a career-mom in her thirties. It has received numerous recommendations including Newsweek's BlogWatch pick of the week. She lives with her partner & their daughter in LA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Funny and a great read

    I loved this book. Ms Cummings has a delightfulnwriting style and her stories are laugh out loud funny. Please write another book soon!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Laughter galore!

    As a die hard fan of folks like Erma Bombeck and Mr. Sedaris, I absolutely loved his book. Craftily worded using wicked funny phraseology, Quinn brings life to our attention in humorous essays; forever gleaning the humor from daily happenstance. If you are like me and you have a penchant for dry wit and scathing sarcasm...then by all means, start reading! You won't regret it!

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