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If Lisa Kogan didn’t exist, Nora Ephron would have to invent her. Like the tart-tongued yet lovable heroine portrayed in screwball romantic comedies, Kogan wears her heart on a sleeve that, like as not, was pulled from the bottom of her closet and could use a good dry cleaning. With a fractured life as a career woman/working mother/long-distance girlfriend providing the fodder, Kogan’s observations focus on the commonalities that connect women from ages 20 to 80. Hairdressers from hell, sippy-cup-stained sofas, fashion fiascoes, and workplace roller coasters form the deviling detritus of daily life that fuels her irreverent brand of honest-girlfriend humor; though she is just as likely to take a well-aimed gibe when fallacies of personal responsibility, parenting provocations, and social ineptitude invoke her deeper sense of moral outrage. In essays that disarm with a devil-may-care frankness and delight with a what-the-heck impudence, Kogan’s take on contemporary living is as irrepressibly savvy as a Prada diaper bag, as reassuringly satisfying as a PB-and-J sandwich. --Carol Haggas
“It’s no mystery why O magazine’s Lisa Kogan is a beloved columnist. She’s self-deprecating enough to be easily relatable, whimsical enough to be reliably entertaining, and clever enough to disguise a gut-socking revelation.” (Elle )
“Kogan’s riffs on motherhood, politics, relationships, and life itself are what we wish we’d said, only sharper and funnier. This is good stuff.” (O magazine )
“If Lisa Kogan didn’t exist, Nora Ephron would have to invent her. In essays that disarm and delight, Kogan’s take on contemporary living is as irrepressibly savvy as a Prada diaper bag, as reassuringly satisfying as a PB-and-J sandwich.” (Booklist )
“In delectable bite-size essays, humor columnist Kogan casts an all-seeing eye on the annoying and hilarious idiosyncrasies of contemporary life.” (Redbook Magazine )
“Her wry observations of everyday life will hearten you on your worst days, validate you on your best, and make you laugh any day at all. Buy it, if not to keep Lisa writing, then as an investment in your own happiness. God knows you deserve one fail-safe investment.” (Martha Beck, author of Expecting Adam and Finding Your Own North Star )
“Lisa Kogan has a singularly humane stance as she makes comic sense of the annoying and baffling facts of life. The inventor of ‘the dessert potato’ has made me laugh for years–she’s been a comfort, too.” (Amy Hempel, author of The Collected Stories )
“Lisa Kogan might just be the Erma Bombeck of our generation. Sassy, blunt, and so damn true.” (Kelly Corrigan, author of The Middle Place and LIFT )
“Kogan delivers stylish and funny meditations on being a single mom, Rush Limbaugh, modern media and much more. There’s laughter here, sure, but this book winningly rises above comedy to reveal a moving love of life.” (Time Out New York )
“The ultimate summer read—engrossing yet light and fun. From page one you’ll be laughing as the author shares her smile-inducing anecdotes.” (First for Women )
“Lisa Kogan is the intellectual and creative love child of Noel Coward and Loretta Lynn. Someone Will Be With You Shortly is a hilarious, honest and tender chronical of everyday life as most of us really live it. Lisa Kogan sings all the right grace notes with absolutely perfect pitch.” (Amy Dickinson, author of The Mighty Queens of Freeville )
“Lisa Kogan’s Someone Will Be with You Shortly is a delectable blend of wit, whimsy, pith, and poignancy. If David Sedaris were a girl (who’d had her pocket book licked by a stranger on Lexington Avenue) this is the book he¹d write.” (Evan Handler, author of It's Only Temporary )
“I admit it. I’m a big, drooling Lisa Kogan groupie. I’d read the ingredients on a cereal box if I thought she’d written them. She is funny, wise, compelling, loveable, fallible…So a whole book by her? What heaven!!” (Peggy Orenstein, author of Waiting for Daisy )
“Lisa Kogan’s Someone Will Be with You Shortly is like curling up with your best, crabbiest, kindest, wisest, most singular friend on earth.” (Peter Smith, author of Two of Us: The Story of a Father, a Son, and the Beatles )
Got this for my daughter after I read it, and neither of us could stop laughing. Totally recommend it to any woman who could stand to lighten up.Published 1 month ago by Lauri B.
I usesd to love Lisa Kogan's writing, always looked foward to her column in "O," (which is no more?). Pity. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CK
Funny, witty, a good "sit by the pool and have a good chuckle" kind of read.
Seems like author Lisa Kogan understands life just as most of us really live... Read more
It's exactly like her columns in the O magazine which I miss. Some of the articles are the columns reprintedPublished 14 months ago by murrayhill girl
These essays are like an excellent conversation with an old friend. I was really sorry to get to the end.Published 14 months ago by Johannes Labusch
Lisa Kogan writes like how I think most of the time. She writes open heartedly and frank about everything a girl can be insecure or selfconcious about, but makes you laugh at it... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Y. Vaartjes
Very self indulgent, name dropping constantly about who she new who by the way also put this book on "her list. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jane I. Johnston
If you have read Lisa's articles in O, you won't be disappointed in this book. I really enjoy her humor.Published 21 months ago by Hemi300