As Long as It's Perfect


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$16.95  $15.76
She Writes Press
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5.5 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Lisa Tognola is an author, freelance writer, social worker, wife, and mother of three who always dreamed of getting married and living in the perfect house--until she discovered that passion comes with a mortgage. A former humor columnist at The Alternative Press, based in New Jersey, she is now a contributor to and has contributed essays to five anthologies in the Not Your Mother's Books series as well as My Funny Valentine: America's Most Hilarious Writers Take on Love, Romance, and Other Complications and My Funny Medical: Off the Charts Humor from an All-Star Cast. Tognola hails from California but now lives in New Jersey, where she spends most of her time fantasizing about sunny skies, palm trees, and In-N-Out Burger.


"An enjoyable tale about a wealthy couple who learn that building a house is more than they bargained for." --Kirkus Reviews "With wit and empathy, Lisa Tognola unpacks the all-American dream of the perfect house. Janie Margolis's obsession with cabinet hinges and cupolas, driveway vectors and Calacatta tile may have its roots in childhood anxieties and pesky yearnings for security and control, but it is also a quest for aesthetic excellence and for a place to nurture family. Tognola had me turning pages to see whether Janie's journey would end in happily-ever-after or the poorhouse." --Pamela Erens, award-winning author of Eleven Hours, a Best book of 2016 by NPR "Fans of HGTV, design magazines, and home tours will find much to drool over." --San Francisco Book Review, 4/5 stars