My next summer reading recommendation is a hilarious new book by the mother-daughter writing duo of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella titled I Need A Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool.
Read on for my review, which includes a clear overuse of the adjective “hilarious” AND for a giveaway!
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You may be a fan of Lisa Scottoline as a writer of thrillers but if you aren’t yet familiar with her humor writing (and why aren’t you) you will be in for a treat. With her daughter Francesca Serritella, they pen a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which hilariously talks about life from women’s perspective. Their series of memoirs are based on the column.
Both authors contribute their own unique viewpoint and talk about, among other things, politics, friends having babies, irritating neighbors, house renovations, aging, a dislike of bras, cooking, coffee and a love of Bradley Cooper (just to start). These ladies know how to tell a story. Their perspectives are complementary – single and divorced, city girl and country dweller, thirty-something and…not. Regardless of the author or perspective, this book is laugh out loud funny. I may or may not have found myself snorting with laughter at more than a few times in public.
I’ve said it before, I love memoirs, and I love story collections – and not just because despite my ADHD combined with summer chaos I can actually finish a story in one sitting. (Fine, I read the whole damn book in one sitting, by the pool, with a drink in my hand. I just kept telling the kids “just one more story”.)
Which only proves that this is the perfect book for the beach, because you can read a chapter in between lotion re-applications and cleaning sand off of your kid’s nether regions and breaking up fights over sand shovels and such – and still feel like you accomplished something because you finished a full story!
I confess that, given my age, I related more to Lisa’s tales because we share a hatred of bras and snakes and a love of Bradley Cooper, just for a start. Her stories are relatable and routinely make me hoot – her comedic timing is fantastic and often self-deprecating. Francesca’s offerings are often more contemplative and her humor is more subtle. Both offer a mix of anecdotal stories that are hilarious, reflective or profound.
I Need A Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool has a little something for everyone, and I’ve found myself marking my favorite stories and rereading them.
And look – one lucky reader will win their own copy of the book!
Can’t wait? Feeling unlucky? You can get your own copy of I Need A Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool NOW by clicking HERE!
Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced reader copy for review purposes.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.