Okay all you devoted fiction lovers, don’t stop reading yet! I know that most of you just head for the fiction floor unless you need a cookbook, help with a hobby, a medical condition, a travel guide or some other instructional type material. But there is so much more in the land of Dewey. Sorry fellows, the titles I’ll chat about are pretty much for women but there’s a lot of wit and wisdom to go round. So give them a try.
I’m pretty sure you’ve all heard of Lisa Scottoline but have you read Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog? It’s hard to admit that I’ve never read her mysteries, but when this book of her columns adapted from The Philadelphia Inquirer entitled “Chick Wit” came through, I couldn’t resist. Lisa’s topics are about women and everyday life and the list of characters include her mother (Mother Mary), her gay brother (Frank), her daughter (Francesca), a couple of best friends, her ex-husbands (Thing One & Thing Two) and her beloved pets. From stories about dieting (carb rehab) to Spanx, be prepared to laugh! & don’t be shocked to find me in the fiction S aisle because Lisa is bound to throw around some humor there too. There’s a follow-up book of essays co-authored with her daughter, Francesca. Not as funny (perhaps because the daughter isn’t as funny) but still a good read.
Next up is Nora Ephron of movie screenplay fame When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail and Julie & Julia. In her books of essays, I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing, she shares stories about her life’s work but mostly she tells about the ups and downs of aging. The author speaks about dealing with menopause, empty nests, the maintenance involved with aging—hair dye, unwanted hair, exercise, fading eyesight— divorce, etc. It’s all done with candor and good humor. Check out her chapter on “What I Wish I’d Known” in …Bad About My Neck. My particular favorite is: Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of 35 you will be nostalgic for at the age of 45. Add a couple of decades and it’s even more nostalgic!
We are all familiar with the movie and television star, Betty White, and her resurgence in popularity during the last few years. Her recent book, If You Ask Me, is a delightful mix of observations on multiple topics and stories from her decades’ long career. She’ll tell you her secrets for staying young—enthusiasm for her two passions, acting and her love of animals. The short essays also include anecdotes of other celebrities including her co-stars from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and the current hit Hot in Cleveland. Betty gives behind the scenes details describing her craft and is always told with great humor. She tenderly reminisces about the love of her life, Allen Lunden, but cracks you up with her humor when speaking of her crush, Robert Redford. Her stories and insights always show her character, her integrity, her gratefulness and her joy for life. Included are numerous photos taken of Betty, her friends and loved ones throughout her life.
So if you’re looking for some “real life” summer laughs, give these titles a shot.
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