Monday, August 21, 2017
I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella
I listened to three quarters of the book, but I just couldn't do it anymore. I'm finishing the book by reading it. My friend's right. The voices are wonderful. But, it just takes too long for me to listen to a book. I have a short commute to work. I might get through six essays going back and forth to the library. And, if I have another fifteen minutes to walk that day, I get through a couple more. I've been listening to this book for a week. And, it's fun.
But, I could have read this book in six hours. I'm not one to sit at home and listen to a book. And, I certainly don't clean the house, so I can't finish the audio book while I'm cleaning. I'm going to finish I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by reading it, imaging the authors' reading each piece. I have just a couple hours of reading left.
Oh, and the book itself? Lisa has a snake in her garden. It's a recurring theme, along with her garden room. Only Lisa Scottoline can take tiny events in her life, tell it in episodes, and make you laugh. Of course, in the audio book, she adds the "sssss" sound when she talks about 'sssssnakes". Francesca Serritella's pieces usually aren't quite as funny, but they're certainly thoughtful pieces that do capture the exact moment in time. Her piece, "Anniversary", will stay with you, especially with recent events. And, both authors write (or talk) about last year's election.
Whether you choose to listen to the delightful recording by Scottoline and Serritella, or read the book, you'll get humor and a little nostalgia and thoughtful pieces in I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool.
Lisa Scottoline's website is www.scottoline.com
Francesca Serritella's website is www.francescaserritella.com
I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella. St. Martin's Press, 2017. ISBN 9781250059963 (hardcover), 336p.
Audio book - Macmillan Audio. 2017. ISBN 9781427285904 (unabridged)