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Have a Nice Guilt Trip (The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman #5)

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Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This four book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. Booklist raved of the third book in the series, Meet Me At Emotional Baggage Claim, ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 2nd 2014)
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Danielle Rush
Jul 28, 2014 Danielle Rush rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always choose the audio version of their books because I think hearing the stories in Lisa and Francesca's voices adds to the experience. The stories about Mother Mary were especially poignant, knowing she recently passed away. I was sad to come to the end of the CDs.
Cheryl
Feb 09, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok
I am a fan of Ms. Scottoline. I enjoy reading her books. I can't remember really not liking any of the books I have read. I had this book sitting on my stack for a while begging me to check it out. I finally grabbed it and started reading it. While I like that I felt I got to know Ms. Scottoline better as well as her family including her daughter, Francesca, brother, Frank and her mother, Mary, I was thinking and hoping that this book would read more like a comedy. It did not so and I agree with ...more
Minty McBunny
Oct 08, 2014 Minty McBunny rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014, october-2014
No. No no no no no. Both of these women are annoying, self-absorbed, I have nothing in common with them and have no interest in reading their self-congratulatory/self-deprecating anecdotes any further. Did not finish.
Yary
Aug 06, 2014 Yary rated it it was amazing
This book officially wins five stars from me.This is the most hilarious book I have ever read. Lisa is an amazing author who could make anyone laugh with her jokes. I have never met Lisa but feel like I am her best friend after reading all those personal and at times embarrassing moments she had. Mother Mary is just the funniest and controlling mother, who I learn to cherish throughout the book. Francesca is an amazing author who really loves and cherishes her family. The most funniest part that ...more
Alyssa
Jun 11, 2014 Alyssa rated it really liked it
My sister won the book from a good reads giveaway and I hijacked it at the airport on our trip. It was highly amusing and a quick read, so much so that I was reading the last page as we stepped off the last plane.
Donna
Dec 12, 2015 Donna rated it it was ok
This is the second book I've read by this author. This one is nonfiction and it was also a joint project with her daughter. This book was just okay for me. It really wasn't my kind of humor. Sometimes I felt like it was a little on the TMI side. She talked about things I really didn't want to know about, let alone the gritty details of said things.

Also, I'm not a fan of the format. It was just a bunch of snipets...all unrelated.
Mary Gramlich
Jul 10, 2014 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing
You will need more than a carry on for this trip!

When you read this series of books by Lisa and Francesca (see I acted like they are my friends) you are thinking “authors have really normal lives” which sucks because I expected so much more from them. They have relationship issues, family drama, getting into trouble when you have free time, and animals they love. The only thing is it seems more interesting when you read about these things going on than when you are living them, why is that? Writ
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Ruth
Nov 29, 2014 Ruth rated it it was amazing
I love to read Lisa Scottoline. With the exception of the book that just came out this week, I have read them all. I especially enjoy the humorous essays that she writes with her daughter. I have been to her house with my sister and daughter. I identify with everyday things that she writes about and love that she sees the humor in them. She has a daughter making her way in NYC. I have a daughter making her way in NYC. She goes to visit her daughter. I go to visit my daughter. We should totally h ...more
Diana Qureshi
Jul 18, 2014 Diana Qureshi rated it it was amazing
This book was somewhat bittersweet to read because some of the stories featured Mother Mary, who recently passed away. As usual the stories written by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter were humorous, interesting, short & sweet. I always look forward to these books and read them very quickly once they are published and I get them from the library.
Erin Barnett
Jun 15, 2014 Erin Barnett rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this as part of a first reads promotion. It is a witty, quick read. If you're looking for something deep and thought-provoking, this isn't going to fill that void. However, this is great beach or airplane reading. It's light enough that distractions aren't a big deal and each story is only a few pages long. There were times I know the author would have expected a laugh that just felt too contrived, but there were some funny parts.
Catellis
Jan 06, 2015 Catellis rated it it was ok
It was really just o.k. for me. I enjoyed the daughter's stories much better than the mother's. The mom talks of the pressure to meet writing deadlines from time to time and I felt that explained many of her chapters.
Katlyn
Jun 21, 2014 Katlyn rated it liked it
I recently won this book in a giveaway on this site... As a thirteen almost fourteen year old girl I had never heard of this author. But as I began to read more and more of this book I thought it was amazingly written. However, I am pretty sure that I wasn't the target audience :p I am giving this book a 3/5 stars because although very entertaining; I didn't really connect with the characters and I understood that this book was meant to be read by someone who was probably in there late twenties. ...more
Christine
Jan 05, 2016 Christine added it
Shelves: memoir, audiobook
Can't wait for the next one by Lisa and Francesca!
What a team! Awesome! Each and every story to make you smile or laugh!
Kristine R.
Sep 12, 2014 Kristine R. rated it it was ok
This is not my kind of book at all. I made the mistake of listening to it on audio and I know it is just me personally but, I find books that are narrated by the people who wrote them to be very irritating. I only finished half of it. It is difficult for me to take life lessons from someone who is far younger than me who seemingly grew up under a sheltered canopy of what life is really like. I can't really take advice from someone who doesn't know what it's like to have your spirit broken once i ...more
Runwright
Nov 25, 2014 Runwright rated it liked it
Tales of adult diaper rash? Really?
The premise of a book of essays written by a mother and daughter duo is great. It is one I have pitched to my own mother who is one of my favorite writers. I think this book, however, suffered from poor editing. There are bursts of writing genius in the collection, but it's mired in lots of pages that seem like a rambling diary or daily blog posts on a personal Wordpress site. The essay collection reads a little like a mother living her life, interspersed with
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Carol
Aug 06, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
This is a series of "essays" written by the author and her daughter (author, too!). They take everyday happenings and see the humor in them, something all of us should do more often. Like her previous books, I found myself smiling and laughing, with an occasional out loud chuckle. I could relate to so many stories in the book and I felt like I was talking to an old friend. Some of the stories were particularly poignant because Lisa's mother, Francesca's grandmother died this year while they were ...more
Lesa
Reading the latest collection of essays by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, is like hanging out with sisters or girlfriends for a couple hours. There's no telling where the conversation will lead; anywhere from puppies to diamond rings to adult diaper rash. It's all worth laughing about in Have a Nice Guilt Trip.

The columns in this collection are laugh aloud funny because they are about a woman's everyday life. The reader is lucky enough to get two perspectives. One is Lis
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Beth
Jul 30, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
I love Lisa Scottoline's books. She is just like me! She makes the ordinary seem hilarious! "My favorite food is calories". OMG!! That is me!! She too has painstakingly created a garden that ended up a mess - just like me. And she laughed about it. She has a Thing 1 and a Thing 2 - just like me. She is an amazing woman. I really admire her strength and independence. I will read every one of these books that she puts out. Finding humor in everyday life. Its something we all should do more of.
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Aug 03, 2014 Melissa Lee-Tammeus rated it really liked it
Ms. Scottoline's nonfiction rants (along with her daughter's somewhat nicer ones) are the greatest beach reads ever. I floated around my pool laughing all by myself to this one, as I do every one they have written together. Occasionally, depending on the topic, the snippets get a bit contrived, but overall, it is like sitting with a friend having a bitchfest - an honest one with all the ugly hanging out. And while that is happening, you end up realizing things aren't so bad at all. I have said b ...more
Susan McChesney
Jul 14, 2014 Susan McChesney rated it it was ok
I usually love Lisa Scottoline's books. She's a local author for me. This book was a mishmash of short narratives by either her or her daughter. Some of hers were amusing. Some of them were her take on politics or our government. I really did not like her daughters at all. I did not find them interesting or amusing and frankly most the time I found them boring. I will continue to love and read Lisa's books. However I will steer clear of her collections of short stories.
Constance
Jul 21, 2015 Constance rated it really liked it
I enjoy Lisa's writing(more than her daughter's)having read her "Why my Third Husband Will be a Dog". Light, witty observations of life and family and also some real gems I would reread to try and remember, for instance:

Loss is part of life, and becomes more so as we grow older. Life contains the bitter and the sweet, and eventually becomes bittersweet.

....love is all around you. And you can't control whether you get love, but you can control whether you give it, and your heart won't know the di
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Kathleen Hagen
Have a Nice Guilt Trip, by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, Narrated by the authors, Produced by Macmillan Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

Lisa Scottoline, better known for her mysteries, also writes a humor column for a newspaper in Philadelphia. Her daughter, Francesca, shares this space with her some of the time, and for the fourth time, they have produced a book of their inimitable mother-daughter humor. I find myself laughing at almost every story. Lisa’s mother, whom she refers
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Nancy
Sep 07, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
My boyfriend, My boyfriend, My boyfriend – I get it Francesca, you have a boyfriend. Not to say that Lisa does not get carried away with her dogs and her pipes, but still, the repetition of Francesca going on and on about her boyfriend was a bit off putting.

I love this series and it has become a tradition as I am taking my daughter back to college. The essay’s that are shared have mirrored parts of my life and I think, in some way, are preparing me for the future. Mother and daughter relationshi
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Nicole Neal
Jul 27, 2014 Nicole Neal rated it it was ok
This is my 2nd book by Scottoline and this one was quite a bit different writing style, this book was a mishmash of short narratives by either her or her daughter. Some of hers were amusing. Some of them were her take on politics or our government. I will probably steer clear of the short story books of hers but still have 2 others on my want to read list and will read them.
Stephanie Hong
Jun 30, 2014 Stephanie Hong rated it it was amazing
This is a book I definitely recommend to any girl or woman. It is hilarious and quirky with some interesting jokes thrown in here and there. I extremely enjoyed the book; I could always depend on it to get my spirits back up!
Sarah
Sep 10, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
I so wanted this to be good but it was just "meh". A book of 'essays' reading like blogs about dogs and "my boyfriend" and "me" and just the little things which I have a love for but the way it was written was just ... i don't know how to explain it ,fell flat. I read the phone thing because I was going on a plane and just bought it and then would have felt bad if i didn't finish it (it was a quick light read anyway) but i probably wouldn't have if it had been a library book. The mother daughter ...more
Megan
Here are some random essays by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca. I kind of enjoyed Lisa's pieces as read by the author. They may seem aimless sometimes but at least Lisa's voice is silly, funny, even if corny, self-deprecating, and overall likable. She talks about her writing, dogs, eccentric mother, Italian cooking, divorces, expanding body, graying hair, and many other life-as-it-happens experiences. I felt much less amused by the pieces narrated by Lisa's young, beautiful, Ivy Leag ...more
Barbara
Sep 27, 2014 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I’m going to have to give this an unusual review, because I love Lisa Scottoline for a variety of reasons. I love her Rosato & Associates mysteries. I love that she lives in and uses the Philadelphia area in her books. I love her daily posts to Facebook, with her darling King Charles Spaniels. I loved the Giveaway that she had with the release of Have a Nice Guilt Trip. All of that being said, I didn’t love the Audible version of Have a Nice Guilt Trip. I think that it’s possible I might hav ...more
Mary Jo Burke
Aug 08, 2014 Mary Jo Burke rated it it was amazing
Some of these chapters hit very close to home. Funny and true.
Mary
Apr 23, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Another nice discovery thanks to the monthly Genre Study Circle at my library! Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella have really hit on something with their series of humorous autobiographical essays. The stories chosen for this book are a perfect balance of warm/witty/moving, covering everything from politics to caring for an aging parent to jeans with built-in moisturizer (seriously!). I appreciated especially the difference in the writing styles of the two authors; the two voi ...more
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Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 23 novels, including her latest, EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES, which releases in April 2015. 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.
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Other Books in the Series

The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman (10 books)
  • Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman
  • My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman
  • Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter
  • Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim
  • Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?: True Stories and Confessions
  • I've Got Sand In All the Wrong Places
  • Truly Funny Stories Vol. 1: Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog and My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space
  • Truly Funny Stories Vol. 2: Best Friends, Occasional Enemies and Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim
  • Truly Funny Stories Vol. 3: Have a Nice Guilt Trip and Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?

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