She’s not a superhero per se, but between running a law firm, raising a family, and battling the patriarchal expectations of women, Monroe-Local columnist, City of Loganville Judge, award-winning humorist, best-selling author and Loganville resident Lori B. Duff could give any Marvel character a run for their money in her newest book.
Named Atlanta’s Funniest Lawyer in 2018, almost no topic is off limits in “If You Did What I Asked in the First Place,” out Oct. 15. Whether it be planning her own funeral, bringing up “Shrek” during her daughter’s bat mitzvah, or the criminal lack of pockets in women’s clothing, Duff’s knack for storytelling is in full force in this fantastically funny memoir.
“Written in a clear, sharp voice, these autobiographical snippets focus on the everyday, as well as on personal faults and foibles,” says Foreword Reviews. “Duff both pokes fun at herself and embraces the quirks and experiences that make her unique.”
And while she might not be an official superhero, Duff’s takes on the wonders of women are insightful and relatable observations of some of the biggest heroes life has to offer: mothers, career women, and all-around funny ladies.
Kirkus Reviews says, “Duff’s lighthearted stories examine day-to-day triumphs and tribulations with forthright honesty and the kind of humor that combines self-deprecation and casual philosophizing.”
The author will be celebrating the book’s launch with a family-friendly party featuring refreshments, door prizes, and other treats from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at The Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts (205 S. Broad St.).
Duff also runs her own law practice. She is married to a retired police officer and has two teenage children and a puppy — all of whom provide her with endless material for her writings. “If You Did What I Asked in the First Place” is Duff’s fourth book. Pre-orders of this collection of unflinching, unapologetic, and oh-so-real life stories can be purchased on Amazon or locally through The Southern Pen Bookshop.