Emmy-nominated screenwriter and producer Lisa Rene' DeBenedictis pieces together a scrapbook of memories from a life less ordinary after severe concussions and multiple falls in this uplifting, debut collection of sometimes humorous, deeply moving short stories and poems.
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About the Author
Her accomplishments include the Prestigious Humanitas Prize, a Cable Ace Award nomination, and numerous writers guild awards. She is tireless in attempt to promote the arts and to advocate for fine artists and musicians and for Opera performances and performers.
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Lisa DeBenedictis uses her skills as a television screenwriter to tell stories from her own fascinating life drama. Like episodes in a heartwarming series, each short story/poem gives us a deeper connection with our main character. As a mid-westerner, I relate to the author’s nostalgic adoration of her hometown in Ohio, but I’m captivated by her tales of Hollywood and the surprisingly human celebrities that inhabit it. Where some writers are shy, DeBenedictis is vulnerable. Where some writers guard secrets, DeBenedictis remains transparent. “Short Skirts and Shorter Stories” uses honesty as a compass to lead readers through a journey of laughs, smiles, and the occasional tear.
This autobiographical, debut collection by Lisa Rene' DeBenedictis is witty, tender, and inspiring. Structurally, it achieves both an interesting narrative through line and deeply human character arcs through its combination of narrative pieces and lyrical reflections. DeBenedictis pushes the envelope regarding what a collection of short stories should do in a satisfying and exciting way. Content-wise, these short pieces explore the pursuit of both career and family. DeBenedictis juxtaposes the large, chaotic nature of the entertainment industry with the intimate, also chaotic nature of familial bonding. Behind-the-scenes glimpses of working in the biz are given through both quick references and larger anecdotes, and DeBenedictis does not shy away from sharing her struggles or her delights. Recommended for those interested in family, relationships, the entertainment industry, humor, and creative nonfiction. (Review originally published on Goodreads by Christian Corpora)