Molinari’s frank, succinct writing will make readers feel like they’re swapping family anecdotes with a close friend. She observes modern life with fresh imagery, wry wit, and attention to detail. Though each episode follows a pattern, beginning with a mishap and ending with a life lesson, the occasional clichés (“In spite of losing every game, the Sharks were a winning team after all”) are offset by Molinari’s candid sense of humor. The similarities in the stories will be easily overlooked by readers who dip in and out of the book; binge-watchers will get less out of reading it straight through.
In true sitcom form, each character in Molinari’s life plays a key role in shaping her sense of self. She narrates with pointed self-awareness and honesty, especially when she’s poking fun at herself. Of particularly poignant note is the author’s reaction to her son’s autism diagnosis, highlighting her fretting even as he repeatedly shows that he can be happy and achieve significant accomplishments. True to its title, this is a book whose rich flavor is best savored in small bites.
Takeaway: This relatable, laugh-out-loud memoir about motherhood, marriage, and the military will appeal to readers who find humor in the everyday.
Great for fans of Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Erma Bombeck, Jennifer Weiner.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A-