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I've Got Sand In All the Wrong Places

(The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman #7)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,646 ratings  ·  315 reviews
Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This six book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. Delia Ephron said of the fifth book in the series, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, "Lisa and Francesca, mother and ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by St. Martin's Press
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Lori While any of these essay collections can be read as stand alone, starting from the beginning will really help understand the many references to family…moreWhile any of these essay collections can be read as stand alone, starting from the beginning will really help understand the many references to family and past events. I would start with the collection Lisa Scottoline wrote alone "Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog" and then go from there. It will give you the background for lots of references and any "gaps" you find.(less)

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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I love these books! The best way to describe this book is a collection of article length stories loosely tied together. This book really does read like scenes from Lisa and Francesca's life. You know the funny little observations, or the not so funny ones, that make up your day and your conversations with your friends. In a lot of ways, this book feels like a conversation with a friend. Every time that I picked this book up to read for just a
3.5 stars

I have never read anything by Lisa Scottoline but borrowed this lighter fare by her and daughter Francesca Serritella to fulfill a challenge slot (a book by two authors). The audio was immediately available and read in alternating chapters by the duo. It consists of short essays and thoughts on their everyday lives and can be read as a standalone even if it is 7th in a series of similar offerings.

Lisa is very funny. She refers to her ex-husbands as Thing 1 and Thing 2. I appreciated tha
Judy Collins
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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The seventh in the series, Lisa Scottoline and daughter, Francesca Serritella have teamed up to bring their hilarious and witty perspective on the everyday life as mother and daughter. They speak about their lives separate and together, in their latest, I’VE GOT SAND IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES.

Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best parts of being a librarian are some of the perks I’ve discovered along the way. As a long time bookseller (close to 16 years; shameless plug – I owe my education and my career path to Barnes & Noble. More of that another time, but BN – seriously? Thank you.) I was familiar with ARCs – Advanced Reader Copies – of books. I’ve been gifted with a few from some of my favorite authors – Jodi Picoult, Dean Koontz, Claire Cook, not to mention many others. I’ve even got an original AR ...more
Amy Sunshine
Jun 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Amy Sunshine by: The Reading Room
Disclosure: I received this book as an ARC from The Reading Room in exchange for a fair review.

I requested this ARC based entirely on the title. It made me chuckle so I reasoned that the book would also make me chuckle. Unfortunately, I was wrong. This just wasn't my kind of book.

Lisa Scottoline is an established writer of both fiction and non-fiction (haven't read any of her stuff until now). This book is part of her non-fiction collection and follows the same format as her previous books (acco
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella are adept at humor, as exemplified in this book, the latest in a series of such collections that offer up short and witty vignettes on a variety of topics.

They bring us right into the thick of it all, as they alternately share anecdotal incidents from their lives, mostly about all the daily things everyone experiences, but also spiced with their take on clothes; their unique book signings; gardening, especially fantasies about the perfect garden; food an
Cathy Geha
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have read and enjoyed novels by Lisa Scottoline so when offered this collection of stories I thought I would give it a try. I did not realize that what the “stories” would be were actually more of a blog or diary of events in Lisa and her daughter’s lives. I guess I was expecting “stories” or more of a story than a diary/blog format.

I skimmed parts of the book but did not read it cover to cover. There were some lighthearted moments, an attack, some thoughts and words of wisdom. But, this is n
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A big thank you to Goodreads and the publisher for my free Giveaway/Early Reader's Edition! This book was the perfect read for a long weekend spent at the beach. Don't be fooled though: where many of the short chapters are the traditional lighthearted and breezy vignettes of the authors' previous co-written books, bits of gravitas are sprinkled throughout for moments of reflection. Both women have a few serious chapters- one of "Daughter Francesca"'s made me tear up- but the overall tone of the ...more
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great book to read one chapter at a time over my morning coffee. Took a while to read it, but I enjoyed it thoroughly.
May 30, 2017 added it
I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

Although not anything that I would typically purchase, I enjoyed having this book by my bedside. It's perfect for picking up when you have a few minutes. The stories are all short, quick, easy reads. I think it's great to have two authors from different generations. It really makes the book accessible to a wide audience. As you age and stop relating to Francesca's stories as much, you may begin to relate more to Lisa's. The stories were interestin
Cute, light, easy read. This is a good one for anyone who is 50+ and has a daughter who is 20+. The mother/daughter team take turns on the short chapters relating stories about life and lessons learned.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third audio I've listened to by this mother daughter duo and I have found that I simply love their quick little heartfelt stories about life in general. They are a great way to be entertained on my commute to and from work. I'll be listening to some of the ones I've missed in 2018.
Lindsay Nixon
Nov 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This memoir was terrible. “Tried too hard”to be funny and it was mostly just boring.
Millie Dearden
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Lisa's books!!!!
Ella (Элла)
I listened to the audio version of this book, which is the only way to read it :-)
It is narrated by the authors themselves, who are very very funny!
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I liked this book. Most of the stories were funny, and those were the ones that I liked. The garden/gardening, home improvement, and golf stories were my favorites. There were a few sad stories, too, but I didn't like those.
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who needs a feel-good read
Recommended to Rita by: auto-read author
5/5--excellent-- gifted from the publisher, which had absolutely no bearing on my honest opinion.
I'm a long-time reader-- and lover-- of Ms. Scottoline's legal suspense and family-dynamics contemporary fiction, plus her humorous essay books, over the years, so it was a no-brainer to accept the offer from her publisher to read this arc print copy of I've Got Sand in All the Wrong Places. Despite the beachy title, the essays cover their year from Christmas onward. I realized from reading this
St. Martin's Press and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of I've Got Sand In All the Wrong Places, in exchange for an honest review.

Seventh in a series of nonfiction humor books written by the mother and daughter team of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, I've Got Sand In All the Wrong Places is full of the authors funny observations on life. I have been a loyal reader of Lisa Scottoline's novels for years and this book shows a whole different side to the author. I've Got Sand
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Half memoir, half a collection of essays, this was heart-warming and comedic.

I hadn't read the books that come before this so I wasn't sure what I was expecting at all, but this is a fabulous book to pick up whimsically--the only context you need to know is that Lisa is Francesca's mother, so you don't figure that out a third of the way through and feel like an idiot as I did.

Though this is marketed more towards mother, I enjoyed it though I'm in my early twenties with no intention of ever havin
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's clear the authors (mother and daughter) are lovely people and both write in a warm, funny, touching or thought provoking way. I enjoyed a lot of this book. The only thing I disliked was the disjointedness of it. I don't follow either of these authors so I don't know if these are a collection of op-ed pieces or reprints from their Facebook fan pages but that's what the book seemed to be to me. It certainly wasn't beach themed or all humor which I had imagined from the cover. It seemed like a ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved the tales told by this humorous mother & daughter team. If your looking for a light & fun read... This one is for you. Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read an ARC in return for an unbiased review. A special thanks to, Jordan Hanley. This was one fun read!!! A definite beach read. Thank you, Lisa & Francesca, for making me smile with these stories. This is a great summer read to take along in your beach bag. It's actually a pretty fun read any ...more
Jan C
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 2016, audio, library
This is the second book of Lisa Scottline's essays that I've read. Entertaining. Apparently she has done seven of these with her daughter.

Very entertaining. Her daughter is pretty gutsy when she discusses her mugging and deciding her purse is not worth dying over. Life in the big city.
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
As always, I really enjoyed reading this mother-daughter author duo. They made me laugh and nod my head multiple times, but also thank God for family. If you need a pick-me-up, this book will do it.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amusing shorts tales from mother and daughter, love all ofLisa's books!
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love those two! Everyone needs a mother or daughter like them.
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is told by a mother and daughter author team. This book is extremely funny and heartfelt. I have only read books by Lisa, but will definitely be checking books out written by Francesca now and also the remaining books of these series. The mother/daughter dynamic of the book is perfect. They nicely play off of each other in some stories and other stories are just bits and pieces from their lives.

I really enjoyed that we got a very personal story from both Lisa and Francesca based on a
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
First of all, taking advice from Lisa herself, I am reviewing this book simply because I DID like it. I have a few small gripes, but I enjoyed it. In fact, within 25 pages, I had already recommended it to my mother - she'll be borrowing it when I see her on Sunday.

To start: I have not read anything else by either author. I actually received this book as an ARC from Bookstr - formerly known as The Reading Room (back when it was a MUCH better site, might I add). I was supposed to read and review
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(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This six book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. Delia Ephron said of the fifth book in the series, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, "Lisa and Francesca, mother and daughter, bring you the laughter of t
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: commentary
I just picked this book at the library on a whim. I discover that the Gilmore Girls are real and their names are Lisa and Francesca. The book was a collections of musing and memories from the lives of BBF mother daughter Lisa and Francesca. I LOVE IT! It was if Lorelai and Rory took up a writing career together. The musings ranged from their animals to dating. I loved how simply honest they were. The one chapter on dating by Francesca will always stay with me. We are basically the same age (she ...more
This is the first Lisa Scottoline book I've ever read (well, listened to), and it wasn't what I was expecting. Like several other reviewers, I didn't realize the stories were simply brief vignettes about daily life occurrences, and that the two authors, Scottoline and Francesca Serritella (Scottoline's daughter), didn't write them together. Instead, they each wrote several short stories/essays, and they're combined together into a single collection (in the audio book version, they take turns rea ...more
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Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 30 novels, including her #1 bestselling, AFTER ANNA. 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. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, h ...more

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