The Meat and Potatoes of Life by Lisa Smith Molinari, Elva Resa Publishing, May 1 2020, cover image

6"x9" 256 pages

ISBN 978-1-934617-54-0
Hardcover 26.95

This is title will be available May 1, 2020.

The Meat and Potatoes of Life

My True Lit Com

Applying her wit and humor to marriage and family life, award-winning columnist Lisa Smith Molinari shares her real-life family’s humorous coming of age story, from marriage through raising kids to empty nest. Written in episodes, contained in seasons, her memoir is a sitcom for book lovers!

Lisa leaves her law career to become a navy wife and Supermom, but somewhere between “I do” and “deploying again,” waves of chaos threaten to overtake her. She has a husband who knows his chardonnay but can’t identify a Phillips-head screwdriver, three quirky kids, each with a separate agenda, a perpetually shedding dog, and a minivan full of cold french fries. In other words, everything she could ever want, and possibly more than she can handle.

Overwhelmed, Lisa hyperventilates when the DVR reaches 98 percent. Her eye twitches at every ping of her smartphone. She is riddled with anxiety over picking the right sugar substitute. Will she survive the endless minutia of modern family life, or will she end up on the laundry room floor eating chocolate frosting out of a can?

Grab some popcorn, snuggle up, and get ready to binge-read Lisa’s true literary comedy, her search amidst the madness to find meaning in the meat and potatoes of life.


“Molinari has written a hilariously honest, beautifully engaging and vividly written memoir of her life as a military spouse, the mother of fabulously eccentric and demanding children, and as a woman who has lived multiple lives within her everyday existence.”

— Gina Barreca, author of They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted

“If Erma Bombeck came back as a military wife and mother, she’d be Lisa Smith Molinari. In The Meat and Potatoes of Life, Molinari writes … with love, warmth and humor. Her delightful book will put you, as they say in the armed forces, at ease.”
— Jerry Zezima, nationally syndicated humorist and author

How is it possible to blend belly-shaking laughs with poignancy? I envy Lisa Smith Molinari’s gift for stringing together laughs and lessons.’”
— Suzette Martinez Standring, award winning author, The Art of Opinion Writing

“Molinari has a great grasp of using the small to explain the big … big-hearted humor along the way.”
—2018 National Society of Newspaper Columnists Awards judge

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