We expend massive amounts of energy in pursuit of perfection. If only we could never make mistakes or encounter unpleasant obstacles, oh, wouldn't life be just perfect? Maybe, but it would also be static, unfulfilling, and really, really boring.
Humorist Lisa Sugarman knows that life is a work in progress. She knows what we all suspect-life is at its best when it's fluid, unpredictable, and gloriously imperfect. And if this means life sometimes turns ugly and unpleasant, it only makes the good times that much sweeter.
Author of opinion column It Is What It Is, Lisa embraces reality, not perfection. We're supposed to be imperfect. We're meant to screw up, make bad decisions, and lose our way. We can't control everything that life throws at us, but we can control how we react to it.
With the right attitude and a little guidance from Lisa, anyone can be happy and fulfilled most of the time. Her collection of funny, inspiring, and sometimes poignant columns reminds us that life is not a straight line, even on the best of days, and it's the twists in the road which make the journey so beautiful.
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About the Author
Lisa Sugarman works, lives, and writes in Marblehead, Massachusetts, a small town of twenty thousand people crammed onto a small peninsula. She knows just about everyone in town, giving her a unique perspective as an opinion columnist for the local newspaper.
Lisa received her bachelor of arts with honors from Salem State University in 1991. She has authored the semi-regular opinion column It Is What It Is for The Marblehead Reporter and other GateHouse Media, Inc. since 2009.
Married to Dave, her high-school sweetheart, Lisa has two daughters, Riley and Libby.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At first I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into in deciding to read this book, “LIFE: It Is What It Is” Because admittedly I do tend to lean towards long, epic novels that I can really lose myself in. So short stories such as these are not my usual fare. But I was intrigued by the opening and the way that I felt an almost immediate connection to the author and how she writes… like we were instantly friends and she’s sharing he experiences with me in a way that makes me just want to sit and listen for as long as she wants to talk… :) and I found myself just wanting to just keep on reading… But seriously, I lost track of how many times I actually laughed out loud, or was nodding my head in agreement. May have even had a few epiphanies along the way as well :) so true to life and authentic, yet unlike anything I’ve read before. Really glad I took a chance on this one…
I was hooked from the opening pages and it’s awesome how Lisa Sugarman manages to write about all these scenes and scenarios that are totally relatable to just about anyone, even if you don’t have kids (like me). I would totally love to have her as a dinner guest, just to hear her talk! This book is really a collection of columns and essays she’s written (dated over the past several years), but they feel current and relevant…they cover so, so much it’s impossible to sum up, but it’s like reading several slices of real life and I love her outlook on many things. Really well written, with a natural tone. I was really impressed and would recommend this book with the highest of praise.
"Life: It Is What It Is” by Lisa Sugarman is hands down one of the realist and funniest and well-crafted books (collection of short essays, technically) that I’ve read in a long time! I was literally laughing from the opening sentence, and found myself chuckling more than I have with any other book of recent memory. I absolutely loved the author’s writing style and her ‘voice’ – we feel like our smarter, funnier BFF is talking to us, and I didn’t want to stop reading. The short length of the essays makes the whole book seem really fast paced (I’ll just read one more… and one more… and one more!) and before I knew it it was over. Really hope she writes more like this in the future. Loved it!
Such a great change from what I’ve been reading lately! Wow, this book, “Life: It Is What It Is” by Lisa Sugarman captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. Each entry was interesting, engaging, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull one” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… I admit at first I worried this would be some sort of self-absorbed, ‘my life and ways are so much better than yours’, but it was actually the opposite! The author is so down to earth and humble, and funny… great outlook that is a refreshing change from the negativity that can easily consume us. I’m REALLY glad I decided to read this book (finished in one night!) and I hope others do too… I can’t imagine anyone NOT liking it!!