The dynamic mother-daughter duo of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, New York Times bestselling authors known for teaming up to write their hilarious Philadelphia Inquirer column “Chick Wit,” are back with another collection of short, humorous essays. I’ve Got Sand In All The Wrong Places is the seventh installment in the entertaining memoir series by this prolific pair, and it’s the perfect take-along for wherever you’re headed this summer, beach or otherwise. With stories averaging about four pages, every one full of laugh-out-loud scenarios, this bright and breezy selection is custom-crafted for those in vacation mode.
Within, readers will find touching and hilarious entries on everything from A(ging) to Z(oology), with stops at bachelorette party bouncers, Cartier excursions, and exes along the way. Need a giant laugh? Be sure to read Lisa’s “With Apologies to Mother Mary,” an entry on her unwillingness to wear anything but fleece. Need another? Don’t miss Francesca’s “A Thing of Beauty,” a piece on how clubbing and vodka Red Bulls are meant for an age group that somehow escapes hangovers that feel like “the afterlife.” Other lolworthy essays inlude ruminations on cremating pet chickens instead of barbecuing them, a homemade butternut soup disaster, and taking up golf at 60.
Many of the essays are both wistful and witty. Lisa discusses her beloved parents’ deaths. Francesca opens up in a series of entries about an assault and mugging. And both women are fiercely honest (and funny) about sex (or lack thereof), anxiety (specifically panic attacks and bridge-crossing phobias), and feminism…not to mention male strippers dressed as handymen and Pope Francis’ message of love.
While Lisa might be best known for her impressive bibliography of bestselling legal thrillers, and Francesca was thrice honored at Harvard University for her creative writing, we’re grateful these two have found their stride with humorous nonfiction. Chosen as “Best Beach Book” by People Magazine, the “Perfect Summer Must-Read” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and “the perfect present for moms, grandmas, and aunts” by Cosmopolitan, I’ve Got Sand In All The Wrong Places has earned a place in your travel tote.
I’ve Got Sand In All The Wrong Places hits shelves July 12, and is available for pre-order now.