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 with their own agendas, 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 minutiae 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.

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Lisa Smith Molinari

Lisa Smith Molinari is an award-winning syndicated columnist and speaker. Her hilarious memoir The Meat and Potatoes of Life: My True Lit Com, about her life as a Navy wife and mother of three, has won numerous humor book awards. Lisa wrote “Secrets of My Success” in Stories Around the Table: Laughter, Wisdom, and Strength in Military Life to help military spouses not feel guilty (like she did) about managing a military family, rather than pursuing a career.

Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards – Gold

Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards – Gold

Readers' Favorite Awards – Silver

Readers’ Favorite Awards – Silver

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards – Silver

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards – Silver

Midwest Book Awards – Gold

Midwest Book Awards – Gold

Military Writers Society of America - Gold Medal

Military Writers Society of America – Gold Medal

“… lively and resonant memoir …  capturing the service of motherhood with candor, humor, and grace.” — Kirkus Reviews

A wry and lighthearted journey through the seasons of family life.
—W. Bruce Cameron, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose

“…a wonderful look inside the kind of family we all want to invite home to dinner.”
— Amy Newmark, editor-in-chief, Chicken Soup for the Soul

Molinari writes about the illusive ‘perfect’ family with poignancy and humor.
— Teri Rizvi, founder and director of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop

Molinari writes … with love, warmth and humor.
— Jerry Zezima, nationally syndicated humorist and author

“…signature wit on every page. A must-read.”
­­­— Gina Barreca, author of They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted

How is it possible to blend belly-shaking laughs with poignancy?”
— Suzette Martinez Standring, author of The Art of Opinion Writing

“…a truly American story.
— Lori B Duff, humorist, speaker, and bestselling author (Lori’s Full Review)

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