Meet Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, author of many including their newest, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?: True Stories & Confessions
Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?
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 Lisa's Website:
"Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 23 novels, including her latest, EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled "Chick Wit" which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman's perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, have been collected in four books including their most recent, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?, and the earlier, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim, Best Friends, Occasional Enemies, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, which has been optioned for TV, and My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space. Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction, and her reviews have appeared in New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, "Justice and Fiction" at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. Lisa is a regular and much sought after speaker at library and corporate events. Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets, and she wouldn't have it any other way."
From Francesca's website:
"In real life, my proudest accomplishments are more along the lines of:
My best friend today is the same girl who was my best friend in sixth grade.
I'm not squeamish—I'm not afraid to muck out a horse stall, remove a spider from my bathroom, or dress a wound.
I taught my dog two tricks, and occasionally he actually does them when someone else is watching.
My mother is Lisa Scottoline. She's a bestselling author, my best friend, and my hero. Growing up, I watched my mother persevere through a divorce, financial difficulty, a career change, and a first novel that never got published. I then had the privilege of watching her writing career take off and change our lives. We have been through a lot together and we've always been close, but she's never pressured me to follow in her footsteps. The fact that I share her passion for writing is a coincidence, that I have the courage to try was all her.
Together, my mother and I write a weekly humor column in The Philadelphia Inquirer called "Chick Wit." I contribute once a month to offer a younger perspective on our wacky family and life in general, and if you aren't an Inquirer subscriber, you can find a selection of my columns here. The column has been published as a series of collections of essays. The first and the second, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, and My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space, have some of my essays but not my name on it. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, Best Friends, Occasional Enemies, Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, and Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?, have my name on the cover! Hopefully it won't be the last time they cram all those letters on a book cover.
Currently, I live in New York City with my dog, Pip. When I'm not writing, I'm probably taking cell phone pictures of Pip and marveling at how cute he is, so if you want to see those, he has his very own page here. I am working on a novel, and I'll update you on my progress here."