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The Meat and Potatoes of Life

My True Lit Com

Lisa Smith Molinari

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"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

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. 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?

"… hilariously honest, beautifully engaging, and vividly written … A must-read." —Gina Barreca, author of They Used to Call Me Snow White … But I Drifted

"This is 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

"… engaging stories that resonate … pure Erma Bombeck …" —Teri Rizvi, founder and director of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

"Molinari writes about her naval officer husband, their three children and her own foibles with love, warmth and humor." —Jerry Zezima, nationally syndicated humorist and author

"… wholesome and heartwarming and humorous. She weathers deployments, complete upheavals of life and location, childhood illnesses, devastating diagnoses, loneliness, toddlerhood, empty nests, sullen teenagers, and everything life throws at her with humor and good grace …" —Lori B Duff, author of You Know I Love You Because You're Still Alive

"How is it possible to blend belly-shaking laughs with poignancy? ... Calcium never did this much for my funnybone!" —Suzette Martinez Standring, award-winning author of The Art of Opinion Writing


Praise For The Meat and Potatoes of Life: My True Lit Com

“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

"... hilariously honest, beautifully engaging and vividly written memoir of her life as a military spouse ... the reader will discover insight and revelation, along with the award-winning columnist's signature wit on every page. A must-read." —Gina Barreca, author of They Used to Call Me Snow White … But I Drifted

"I found myself rooting for Lisa and her family as they navigated constant military moves, new schools ... raising three busy, interesting kids ... 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. As Commander in Chief of the Homefront, she embraces the chaos of everyday life - and her own vulnerabilities - through engaging stories that resonate. Her writing is pure Erma Bombeck." —Teri Rizvi, founder and director of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

"... Molinari writes about her naval officer husband, their three children and her own foibles 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? ... The Meat and Potatoes of Life is hearty fare ... a satisfying feast of funny. Calcium never did this much for my funnybone!" —Suzette Martinez Standring, award-winning author of The Art of Opinion Writing

"... wholesome and heartwarming and humorous. She weathers deployments ... devastating diagnoses, loneliness, toddlerhood, empty nests, sullen teenagers, and everything life throws at her with humor and good grace ... a truly American story ... " —Lori B Duff, humorist and author of You Know I Love You Because You're Still Alive

“… lively and resonant memoir … Readers will relish Molinari’s self-deprecating anecdotes about aging, marriage, and anxiety. The volume includes memorable one-liners ('I’ve got more culture in my upturned pinkie than you’d get from a case of Chobani') as well as lessons on hard work and gratitude. … there is a palpable sense of wonder for everything from a dog’s shedding to parenthood … Memorable autobiographical essays capturing the service of motherhood with candor, humor, and grace.” —Kirkus Reviews

Elva Resa, 9781934617540, 256pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2020



About the Author

Lisa Smith Molinari is an award-winning syndicated columnist, author, and speaker. Her column, The Meat & Potatoes of Life, appears weekly in Stars and Stripes and other newspapers around the world. A past president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Lisa has also been published in The Washington Post, Military Spouse magazine, and many other publications. She is a coauthor of Stories Around the Table: Laughter, Wisdom, and Strength in Military Life.