I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places: A Book Review

ScottolineIn the summer I like to read lighter books that I can finish in a day or two. Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca have written another such book with their recent essays entitled I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places, published by St. Martin’s Press, 2016. ($21.99 in hardcover.)

Because the book consists of  many short essays, I can put it down after one essay, pick it up later and not forget what I read. The essays are predominantly Scottoline’s but several of the longer essays are Francesca’s, her daughter.

There is humor mixed with down-to-earth advice as well as honest essays about feelings, relationships, family, their dogs, boyfriends, etc. The book  is a buffet of thoughts and ideas that make you smile, frown, shake your head either up or down for yes or back and forth for no.

Even though Lisa Scottoline is at least 15 years my junior, her essays about menopause, learning to say No after she turned 50, her relationship with her daughter and many other topics really resonated with me. Both seem to bare their hearts and souls in these essays, which make them all the more endearing.

My three favorites are: “Changing Tide,” ” Protect the Candle”, and “Friendship on the Flip” Side by mother Lisa and the essays by her daughter on her mugging in NYC are Francesca’s best.

While I categorize this as “light reading,” some the topics are quite serious, such as Francesca’s mugging, but both women seem to keep a sense of proportion and humor about life, which makes the overall feeling of the book light-hearted, even when some of the stories are heavy-handed.

A quote on the flyleaf by Della Ephron, best selling author of Nora Ephron, my favorite modern writer now sadly deceased, sums it up well: “Lisa and Francesca, mother and daughter, bring you the laughter of their lives.”

P.S. Both women are New York Times bestselling authors.


2 thoughts on “I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places: A Book Review

  1. thanks for bringing a smile to my face, especially since I am in the midst of a difficult time,
    and am trying to edit my book of poems on “Who Speaks for Them” on Human Trafficking. I’m standing
    alone as well as so many who volunteered to help, have let me down, but I am passionate about what
    I do as are Lisa and her Daughter, who lighten the burden we face in our lives, telling it like it is,
    with a wry sense of humor. Best to look at life that way, things happen, but if we can make one word
    follow the other in succession, we are still functioning, and can rise above our inadequacies
    or those who don’t believe in following through.

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