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Review: Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?

August 18, 2015

Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat

Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? is a series of essays by the mother-daughter team of Lisa Scottline and Francesca Serritella.  The two tackle subjects ranging from financial planning to online dating to caring for animals, plus everything in between, in a lighthearted, humorous manner.  They tackle a few tough subjects as well, like the death of their mother/grandmother and the end of a long term relationship.  In other words, most women will relate to several essays in this (mostly) fun book.

When I first picked up Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?, I thought reading so many essays might get old and expected to read the book in spurts, but I was wrong.  I was hooked on Scottoline and Serritella’s playful banter right from the start and loved their optimistic look on life, so I read the book straight through.  The essays do need to be read in order but it would be easy to dip in and out of the book.  I related to some essays more than others, but I still enjoyed all of them.  I smiled, laughed, and teared up as I read this wonderful collection and look forward to reading more by Scottoline and Serritella.

Review copy provided by St. Martin’s Press.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
24 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2015 4:23 am

    Great review! I’m adding this to my tbr list.

  2. August 18, 2015 4:48 am

    I have read a couple of Scottoline’s essay collections, and they have kept me smiling, laughing, and fully engaged throughout: (My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space; and Why My Third Husband will Be a Dog), so I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for sharing.

  3. August 18, 2015 5:16 am

    ooo – this sounds great. I love the title. I’m adding this to my list too. Thanks for your great review Kathy!

  4. August 18, 2015 7:36 am

    I’ve given a few of their humorous books to my girlfriend who has two adult daughters; she loves them!

  5. August 18, 2015 8:04 am

    I’ve read another of her essay books and loved it. I’ll have to look for this one.

  6. August 18, 2015 8:20 am

    I’ll add this to my list. I haven’t read Scottoline or Serritella but I’ve noticed their books.

  7. August 18, 2015 8:32 am

    I keep meaning to read one of these essay books. I’ve read several of Lisa Scottoline’s legal series at Rosato and Associates and also a few of her standalones. She definitely covers a lot of ground – mysteries and non-fic too.

  8. August 18, 2015 8:44 am

    I like the range of topics covered! good for me as well.

  9. August 18, 2015 9:16 am

    It seems that books of essays can be real hit and miss. I’m glad that this one was a hit.

  10. August 18, 2015 9:36 am

    I love the title! If the rest of the book is that clever then it’s got to be good.

  11. August 18, 2015 9:38 am

    The title alone wins me over! I will be looking for this for sure!

  12. August 18, 2015 11:16 am

    Awww I like the mother-daughter angle and the essays do sound relatable. Thanks for sharing this one- I hadn’t come across it before!

  13. August 18, 2015 2:15 pm

    I was hooked by the title alone. Will have to add to my to-read list

  14. August 18, 2015 3:49 pm

    I need a laughing book

  15. Literary Feline permalink
    August 18, 2015 4:03 pm

    This sounds like a great collection of essays, Kathy. The title reminded of our visit to the beach this summer and my being very stern with myself before hand about having fun and not thinking for a minute about how I might look in my swimsuit. LOL

  16. Patty permalink
    August 18, 2015 4:33 pm

    She writes a Sunday articulate in our paper and I love those! She once had chickens in her yard!

  17. The Cue Card permalink
    August 18, 2015 9:56 pm

    This one sounds like fun. I didn’t realize this author wrote essays, good to know!

  18. August 18, 2015 10:46 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book of essays, Kathy. I will keep it in mind.

  19. August 19, 2015 11:54 am

    I’m so glad I stopped to read your review. I’ve seen the title of the book around and passed by. I thought it would be some silly, frothy thing. Now that I know its a mother-daughter look at a variety of thoughtful subjects, I’m interested. I like to read and write essays. To me its a way to get my point across without anyone interrupting me.

  20. August 19, 2015 12:38 pm

    Someone else in the WWW crew recommended this one – I’ve got it reserved on audio! Can’t wait!

  21. August 21, 2015 9:27 am

    Scottoline is one of my mom’s favorite writers. This sounds like something I should get for her birthday

  22. bookingmama permalink
    August 24, 2015 10:13 pm

    I read one of their essay collections a few years ago and enjoyed their humor and insight.

  23. August 24, 2015 10:53 pm

    How much fun/frustrating/enlightening would it be to write a book with your mother?!

  24. August 31, 2015 2:06 pm

    I listened to the audio of this, and it was wonderful. I have their other books in print and I need to pick them up. I felt very good when I was done.

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