You might not know that Mary Louise Parker is a writer as well as an actress. She's written many essays in literary magazines. This is her first fiction. The book comes off more as a memoir than fiction(actually, it is nonfiction..but at the time I was reading it..I thought it was fiction. Still, the startling reflections are inspiring. A way to spark your own memories from your own life and family. Oh, she stitches in all the flaws beautiful. Honestly, I enjoyed the read after I got into it. It is definitely not ordinary.