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Someone Will Be with You Shortly: Notes from a Perfectly Imperfect Life Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 2, 2010
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“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 )
Top Customer Reviews
However, the only caveat is her strong liberal political views spread throughout the book. I don't have the same politic opinions as the author & it honestly took away from my enjoyment of the book. I would have given it 5 stars if the frequent negative references to conservative politics weren't rampant. But that's what makes America great- authors can write how they wish. I believe the book would have been better without those references, but I'm so glad I read this & can agree with the author on SO many points. This is a laugh-out-loud fabulous memoir. I will definitely recommend it to friends.
So I'm not going to rave about the book. But, I want to say a bit about the book apart from the author, because you might be a reader who feels differently. She did draw me in from the start and I did find myself turning back to the book in spare moments--it was easy to finish the book and I enjoyed her prose, even when she annoyed me. She is easy to read because the words seem to flow effortlessly. It's not that easy to do, and I admire that facility of hers.
She aims to be funny. She's sort of a middle-aged female Andy Rooney. But at some point in the book she surprised me with a disturbingly vivid health revelation that caused me to pass out in empathy. So, the writing literally knocked me out even though the narrator didn't. If you aren't put off by the mid-life New York single mom thing, you might want to give this book a go.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book. Always looked for her articles in Oprah magazine. She is so warm, human and laugh out loud funny. Hopes she writes another one.Published 5 months ago
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 12 months 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 17 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 on June 8, 2014 by murrayhill girl
These essays are like an excellent conversation with an old friend. I was really sorry to get to the end.Published on June 7, 2014 by Lisa 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 on March 9, 2014 by Y. Vaartjes