Reading the latest collection of essays by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, is like hanging out with sisters or girlfriends for a couple hours. There's no telling where the conversation will lead; anywhere from puppies to diamond rings to adult diaper rash. It's all worth laughing about in Have a Nice Guilt Trip.
The columns in this collection are laugh aloud funny because they are about a woman's everyday life. The reader is lucky enough to get two perspectives. One is Lisa's, that of a fifty-seven-year-old woman who knows about grey hairs, chocolate cake in the house, and being part of the sandwich generation. Francesca, at twenty-seven, observes life in New York, her friend's baby envy, and problems with trying to watch Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad with an absent boyfriend. There's humor in most of the essays, but it's funny because it is laced with truth. Any animal lover can relate to the death of a dog in "Dog Years", understanding when Scottoline says, "We also associate them with the times of our lives, and so their loss brings into relief our own passage of time." And, she strikes a blow for single women at Valentine's Day in the article "Engagement Ring-A-Ding Ding." And, it's fun to read about gummi vitamins in "With Apologies to Mary Poppins".
Once a year, it's just fun to catch up with Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. Their books are about family, life, and laughter. Have a Nice Guilt Trip is the latest fun visit with "The Flying Scottolines". It's well worth the trip.
The audiobook of Have a Nice Guilt Trip is also available from Macmillan Audio (978-1427232939), and I understand it's terrific, read by the authors. Would you like to hear a segment? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcrsINUz_W4
Lisa Scottoline can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.scottoline.com. (And, a week from Friday, I'll have a terrific giveaway, a collection of five of her books. Be sure to stop back!)
Francesca Serritella can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.francescaserritella.com.
Have a Nice Guilt Trip by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. St. Martin's Press. 2014. ISBN 9780312640095 (hardcover), 279p.
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