Lisa Kogan is a 49-year-old single woman who maintains that every human being deserves a great mattress, a comfortable pair of shoes, and a very smart shrink-and that no one has grown a decent tomato since 1963. She used to think the world wasn't all that complicated, but along came AIDS and crack and Rush Limbaugh, and she had to grow up. Still, she's nostalgic for that time when you had to walk across a room to change channels and there was no such thing as a spy satellite capable of spotting a pre-cancerous mole on her inner thigh.
In SOMEONE WILL BE WITH YOU SHORTLY, Kogan grapples with issues big (her 7-year-old daughter, Julia, and the 8,000 miles that separate them from Julia's father) and small (her recent apartment renovation, which consisted of turning over the sofa cushions, and then realizing that they looked better the other way) with the self-deprecating humor-and deep appreciation for what really matters-that have made her so beloved by her legions of fans. Here is a book for everyone who has ever been frightened by superstores, lunch meat, or ambivalent men (not necessarily in that order), but believes that life is a fragile bit of luck well worth living.