Life: It Is What It Is By Lisa Sugarman

Cover of Life: It Is What It Is by Lisa Sugarman.Life: It Is What It Is by Lisa Sugarman is a collection of essays about life in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

These are really fun to read. Lisa Sugarman made me laugh and even managed to make me think a few times.

Some of the things she writes about are not things that usually concern me (school board meetings), because I have no kids (not even grandkids here), so I don’t usually keep up with that sort of thing.

But the schools are important to everyone in a community, because what happens there will eventually affect everything in the community (those kids will grow up). So even those articles were interesting, even aside from the fact that the author manages to make any subject amusing.

There are over 40 essays in this book, with subjects ranging from paranoid parents, being nice to nice people, making big New Years resolutions, reincarnation, and dealing with holidays. There is something for everyone.

About the book (from the back cover):

“While the rest of the world has six whole degrees of separation, Marblehead barely has one.”

Lisa Sugarman grew up, works, and lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, a small town crammed onto nineteen square miles of east coast peninsula. As an opinion columnist for The Marblehead Reporter, she sees her home not as a town, but as a living, ever-evolving character.

Marblehead is by turns warm and friendly, pretentious and aloof. She’s modest and mysterious, beautiful and charming. She’s a wonderfully imperfect coctail of what makes people tick, and Lisa captures her changeable, magical nature in Life: It Is What It Is. And according to many of her readers, she does it like she’s talking to you from a bathroom stall.

What happens in Marblehead happens everywhere, whether the results are good, bad, or bizarre. Lisa’s columns remind us life is fluid, often chaotic, and never, ever perfect. And that’s okay, because it’s not supposed to be.

About the Author:
Promotion picture of Lisa Sugarman.Lisa received her bachelor of arts with honors from Salem State University in 1991 and attended Emerson College’s MA in Writing, Literature & Publishing program. Since 1991 she has written for a number of Boston-area newspapers, including: the Canton Journal, the Randolph Herald, the Hingham Journal, the Cohasset Mariner, the Swampscott Reporter, The Jewish Journal, the Sharon Advocate, and the Stoughton Journal. Most recently, she has authored the semi-regular opinion column It Is What It Is for The Marblehead Reporter and other GateHouse Media, Inc. publications since 2009.

Married to Dave, her high-school sweetheart, Lisa has two daughters, Riley and Libby.

 You can find Lisa Sugarman on  her blog, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,  and Pinterest.


I received a free book to review.

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