In a world full of political turmoil and (ugh) politicians, it’s lovely when I get to write about something completely different, like drinking cold water in a desert.
My sister, Lisa K. Brown, is the funniest human being I’ve ever known and I’m not the only person who thinks so. She was voted ‘Funniest’ in her Hughes Springs High School class and these days she has acquired quite a large following on Facebook because of her thought-provoking (and borderline crazy) posts under the moniker, ‘Lisa Carrington Pennyweather’. (If you want a daily dose of laughter, follow her HERE.)
For several years Lisa was a popular columnist for Texas-based Charm Magazine, where she was often referred to as a ‘modern day Erma Bombeck’. Her writing has also been featured in other print publications and websites. Unfortunately Lisa’s career as a writer had to take a back seat to life (aka a full-time job)–so that’s where her big sis swooped in to help.
For the past year or so I’ve been joyously compiling and editing Lisa’s stories, even using portions of actual emails she’s written to me. A few (strange) examples of what goes on in Lisa’s brain:
“This is the best song ever…it’s ultra French and peppy and you can’t help but move around…very classy and chic…on the weird side, it’s about a duck.”
“I love CHOPPED ALL STARS!!! I’m hoping for the last show when they will have to make a meal out of an octopus, a box of talcum powder, a roll of pennies and Greek yogurt. I would probably make a potpie.”
“No matter how mature or evolved I become as a human being, if I hear scientists talking about Neanderthals, I will automatically picture Fred Flintstone on his tiptoes bowling.”
So today, September 25, I’m proud to announce we are launching Lisa’s first book entitled, If Cheese Made You Thin I’d Be Invisible By Now.
I’ve read and re-read this book too many times to count and I laugh every time. And I would say this even if we weren’t related.
Lisa writes as only she can about everything from her lifelong obsession with Bobby Sherman and Ernest Borgnine to her equal love for cheese products. Charm Magazine editor, Sheri Standridge, said of Lisa, “What does macaroni and cheese, congealed ham and a dry cleaning hanger have in common? They all reside in the mind of humorist Lisa K. Brown.”
In her book, Lisa writes in her perfectly self-deprecating way about everything from a lifetime of dieting to her strange marriage and ultimate divorce, as predicted by our mother in this vignette:
“Me: Mom, I love him very much and I know that we’ll be married forever.
Mom: Oh sweetheart, no you won’t, but Dad and I will send you a nice gravy boat and a toaster oven just the same.”
If Cheese Made You Thin follows Diet Junkie Lisa through the hoops and horrors of eating in a world full of Velveeta, thus the title: “I do wonderfully for months and then one day I find myself surrounded by Wonder Bread and Kraft cheese wrappers and I can’t remember my name…”
Endorsed by several beloved stars of the stage and screen (including our own Morgan Brittany) and with a forward written by actress Kathy Garver (who played ‘Sissy’ on “Family Affair”), If Cheese Made You Thin will be a book you’ll cherish, read, and re-read for years to come. And best of all, her book is available in time for the holidays.
“Lisa K. Brown has a rare form of humor that pokes fun at herself and her personal stories dealing with life’s obstacles.”– Dustin Anderson, owner of Anderson Glass from HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”
“I love Lisa K. Brown as a writer, satirist, and fellow working mom!”- Cheryl Clark, Broadway star of Fosse’s Original “Pippin”, “Chicago” and “A Chorus Line”
“Laugh out loud! That is exactly what you will do when you read the essays in Lisa K. Brown’s new book-“If Cheese made you thin, I’d be invisible by now”. This book is a delightful journey into the world of an everyday woman with everyday issues that we all face at one time or another. Lisa K. Brown is today’s version of Erma Bombeck, Dorothy Parker and Nora Ephron rolled into one and she will have you laughing and nodding your head in agreement with her witty and poignant words. It has been far too long since a female author has tackled the trying moments in our lives with a biting sense of humor, but Lisa K. Brown does it effortlessly. You will find yourself immersed in these pages and chuckle at things that you have experienced in your own life. In this crazy world we live in, what a breath of fresh air to escape into this kinder, gentler, hilarious world, and tell yourself: ‘If Cheese made you thin, I’d be invisible by now!’”- Morgan Brittany, actress (“Dallas”, “Gypsy”, “Yours, Mine, and Ours”)
“Love your Perspective and hope you find your ‘Marty’ God bless and my pleasure.”- Ernest Borgnine, Oscar-winning actor (from a message to Lisa after she wrote about him in 2011)
“Finally a breath of fresh air in women’s writing: Lisa Brown writes puffs of endearing humor into her essays which takes readers into a gentle windstorm of enjoyment. Straightforward and fast moving, Lisa tells of her life-long war with food, cheese winning many battles, and her encounters with the family kind. Both men and women will relate to her amusing tales of a life of discoveries and movement through our ever-changing world.”- Kathy Garver, actress(“Sissy” from “Family Affair”, “The Ten Commandments”)
You can buy Lisa K. Brown’s book HERE on Amazon!