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USA Best Book Awards finalist.

Early reviewers have said:

"Fun and feisty!"

"Thought provoking and funny... told in a voice that's like chatting with a friend."

"A wonderful journey laced with humor and reality. A recommended read!" --Brickstone Publishing

"[Momnesia] is about being a good mom without losing yourself in the process... the author tackles the subject with humor and gets you thinking about a worthwhile subject--yourself." --The Boston Globe (Lifestyle/Moms)

"This summer's hot novel!" --Carolina Today Show

National Indie Excellent Book Awards, Finalist, 2012! --Ellen Reid, President, National Indie Excellence Awards

From the Author

I hope you enjoy reading "Momnesia!" In my women's fiction, my goal as an author is to provide a sense of camaraderie, feeling understood, or at the very least, entertainment and an escape for the time while you're reading... and hopefully long after.

While "Momnesia" does read well as a stand-alone book, it has become part of my Find Yourself Series. Originally, its successor was going to be titled Gramnesia. However, after discovering (through beta readers) that the title made people think it would only be for older women, it was retitled "Unexpecting." If you decide to use your valuable free time to read it, I hope you'll enjoy it too!

As a woman, authoring these books has been fun, eye-opening, and has brought me inspiration from many women, moms, and readers around the globe who also struggle with the "symptoms of Momnesia." I hope you'll feel the same!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Brickstone Publishing; First edition (March 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984028463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984028467
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,965,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How was your life before you met Mr. Right, (or Mr. Wrong)? Were you a different person before you "settled down" and had a couple kids? Do you have time for friends, fun, and fantasy anymore? Or is your time taken up by rocking babies, packing lunches, grocery shopping, laundry day, meal planning, yo-yo dieting, changing diapers, and making sure everyone else is satisfied? When do you have time for you?...

These are the questions that one mom wants answered. She's hot, smart, and knows how to get the job done, but why does she feel so hollow? Her business is booming, her two kids are great, her husband is... nice, but she finds herself sitting in a parking lot wondering how she got there, whether she should get divorced, and if she even knows who she is anymore. She has a serious case of "Momnesia (mahm-nee-zhuh) - noun- Loss of the memory of who you used to be. Caused by pregnancy, play dates, and trying to keep the house cleaner than the Joneses." Can this mom take herself off autopilot and find herself, her laughter, and her passion, to become the person she wants to be?

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This book left me feeling anything but "cat-faced"! I am not a wife or a mother, but I do have experience with feeling overwhelmed by work, family, and "me time"; I can honestly say that it is easy to lose sight of yourself and your goals when you have other things on-your-plate. After reading the first few pages of Momnesia, I knew that I was going to love it! Lori Verni-Fogarsi's writing style is funny, feisty, freeing, and full of life! I found her characters well-developed and real enough to identify and sympathize with, especially the main character and the friends she met along the way.
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Momnesia is a great read for women of all ages... not just women who have lost their personal identity due to the total eclipse of motherhood. It's a wonderful lesson for young women to learn BEFORE they introduce marriage and children into their lives, and for older women whose children may already be off on their own and now need to rediscover themselves. I could really identify with suburban life and the Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde personality of some of the lead character's neighbors. Reading this book also helped me realize that I was trapped in a Momnesia cycle of my own and needed to make a few changes to reclaim my identity and take ownership of what I feel is important in my life and my relationships. What a refreshing look at marriage, parenting, and the obligation women have to stay true to themselves in the process!
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I picked this book up at the library because it has a great title and cute cover art. While I love the idea of this book, the writing is a different story altogether. It's wordy and trite: "which threw Sam into a loud and uproarious fit of laughter, while Jo just sort of looked down at her feet and blushed." Sort of looked down? What does that mean exactly? The author also has issues that would likely have been fixed in a later draft of the book. "I had just returned from the ladies' room... When I opened the door (to the ladies room).." How could she have just returned from the ladies' room and then immediately opened the door to it? I have to say I only read the first 4 chapters but it's my experience that the writing style in a book does not change and I do not have the patience to wade through it. I suggest the author take some writing classes and learn how to "show" not "tell."
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I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. I am not a mom but I found that just knowing mothers made this book relevant to me. This book is laugh-out-loud funny, and there were parts where I seriously burst out laughing (and felt like an idiot).

I found the story in this book very well done. The book is written in the first person (which I don't normally enjoy) and the main character is very believable and as flawed as any of us. The plot moves quickly and makes you want to keep reading. Unlike some ebooks I felt this one was well edited and there weren't many spelling or grammatical errors.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good chick-lit read!
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Truly amazing book. I love that the main character never revealed her name until the end of the story. In some way it made me relate to her even more even though I have no children of my own. I enjoy stories of self discovery or reinvention for the better. Great read.
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Momnesia had a profound impact on me. The concept of Momnesia - forgetting who you were before you became a mom - is one that every mother can relate to. At this stage of my life, the message hit me like a ton of bricks, reminding me that happiness and fulfillment are just as important for me as they are for my kids and husband. The main character took me on a roller coaster ride of emotion and I thank her for it. I have felt everything she felt. The voices in her head are the same as the ones in mine. The "cat face" stare she was subjected to is one I know well. Still, the way she described it all allowed me to laugh out loud at so many points because though the truth hurts, it can also be incredibly healing to see the humor in it... and to realize that we have a choice.

The raw sexuality combined with the guilt of feeling that we shouldn't have those feelings, the desire to be desired, the need to be a good mother and also fully a woman... I could go on and on about all that was stirred up in me. There isn't a single issue we face as women that isn't somehow touched on in this brilliant novel.

Momnesia was so cathartic and I enjoyed reading it every day as if it were a personal gift to me. I actually shared many of the stories in it with my husband and sons to help them understand the crazy demons I struggle with constantly. And I promise you, Lori, the next time there is a cake in front of me, I'm taking the best piece with the biggest frosting rose! Thank you for this beautiful book.

If you loved Momnesia as much as I did and are looking for a book with similar themes, I would humbly ask that you take a quick look at the description of my novel, Is This All There Is?.
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