“Sugarman is a professional, accomplished writer, and her easy-to-read essays should prove smoothly satisfying to general readers. Appealing, embracing essays about everyday life.”
“LIFE: It Is What It Is by Lisa Sugarman is hands down one of the realist and funniest and well-crafted books 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. Really hope she writes more like this in the future. Loved it!”
– (5 stars)Anabella Johnson
“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”. 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!!”
– (5 stars) Essie Harmon
“Sugarman deftly deconstructs some of the biggest myths facing parents and offers advice and strategies to help soothe anxious moms and dads. Cycling through everything from friend drama and separation anxiety to playing nice and emotional development, “Untying Parent Anxiety” is a funny but honest journey through the most common stages of raising kids that reinforces that parenthood is a beautiful, imperfect work in progress. Simply stated, Untying Parent Anxiety is a highly recommended addition to personal reading lists of parents with children between the ages of 5 and 8, as well as community library Parenting Skills collections..”
–Midwest Book Review, March 2017
“Writer and humorist Sugarman (Life) advises parents with kids ages five to eight to stop trying to raise perfectionists and let kids make some mistakes. In brief, readable essays, she tackles such myths as “technology is wrecking our kids” and “if I punish my kid, she’ll hate me,” and encourages parents to remember that the goal is not “to raise perfect kids but…to raise well-adjusted…people who can handle whatever life throws at them.” From moms and dads who constantly compare their child to others to those who bail little Johnny or Susie out every time they forget their lunch or mitten, Sugarman’s sane, funny advice will ring true with today’s parents. VERDICT: Sugarman has quite the online following with her nationally syndicated opinion column, “It Is What It Is.” Excellent for public library collections.”
–Library Journal Review, March 15, 2017 Issue
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