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Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?

The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman - True Stories and Confessions

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The unstoppable, irreverent mother-daughter team presents a new collection of funny stories and true confessions that every woman can relate to. From identity theft to the hazards of bicycling to college reunions and eating on the beach, Lisa and Francesca tackle the quirks, absurdities, and wonders of everyday life with wit and warmth. As Lisa says, "More and more, especially in the summertime when I'm sitting on the beach, I'm learning not to sweat it. To go back to the child that I used to be. To see myself through the loving eyes of my parents. To eat on the beach. And not to worry about whether every little thing makes me look fat. In fact, not to worry at all."

So put aside your worries and join Lisa and Francesca as they navigate their way through the crazy world we live in, laughing along the way.

From Publishers Weekly

May 18, 2015 – Scottoline, the prolific and bestselling author of two dozen novels, and her daughter, Serritella (with whom she writes a weekly column for the Philadelphia Inquirer), pile plenty of laughs and a few tears into the latest volume in their humor series. Super-organized single parent Scottoline lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her menagerie of pets, not far from her beloved Mother Mary, her sassy mother, who has a couple of marriages under her own belt. Mother Mary, food (especially Mary's spaghetti sauce), and close friends get a lot of coverage in Scottoline's writing. Her daughter, another animal lover, calls New York City home, where she deals with issues that will click with a lot of city dwellers: mice, gym membership gouging, and noisy early morning construction. When 90-something Mother Mary suddenly falls ill with advanced lung cancer, the writing takes on a note of sweetness and poignancy without becoming maudlin or treacly. Unable to talk comfortably in her final weeks, Mary uses a dry erase board to curse up a storm, demand that the family not talk about any end-of-life business, and share some hard-earned wisdom. This breezy, thoughtful book offers funny and lovely family moments that mothers and daughters will savor.

Customer Reviews

Humorously enjoyable little tidbits from their lives!!

I've been reading Lisa Scottoline for years, but this is the first one I've read that she has written with her daughter. This book was frigging hilarious and I could so relate to so many things. Especially Lisa's stories as we are about the same age.

There is no topic in here that is off limits. And after hearing some of Francesca's dating stories I'm glad I'm done with all that.

I agree with with Lisa, I might be dead below the waist and probably need a hammer and chisel, but at least I can watch TV. Ha!

This would be an excellent beach read and for people who aren't into long drawn out books, the longest story is maybe 10 pages. So you can read for a while, come back and never have to think "what was going on?".

Thanks St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I was thoroughly entertained.

Really fun and insightful read...

A great easy read. Able to pick up and put down without loosing your train of thought and having to retread a few pages to remember what was happening. Great for me, a mom who gets snippets of time in her day....
I also think there is some sage wisdom being imparted through all the humor. Will definitely read these authors again.

Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Parenting
  • Published: Jul 07, 2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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