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Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?: True Stories and Confessions
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In “Back to School,” Francesca talks about going to her college reunion and what it was like to see her classmates again, some of whom she was happy to see, and others not as much. Have you gone to any school reunions? Why or why not? Is the idea of going to a reunion exciting to you, or anxiety inducing? Tell us why. Do you have any great reunion stories?


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Lisa writes about going to the movies with her best friend, Franca, in “Baby Me.” Beyond discovering reclining chairs in the movie theater, this story shows how Lisa likes to relax. When, and if, you have time to do something for yourself for fun or to relax, what is your favorite thing to do? Who is the go-to person in your life with whom you enjoy spending your free time?


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Have your activities of choice changed through the years?


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In “Task Master,” Lisa retells the time she was called “task-oriented,” as if it were a negative attribute. Although she jokes about it, Lisa fully confesses to being task-oriented. In taking Lisa’s informal and completely made-up quiz, do you think you are a task-oriented person? What are the pros and cons to being either task-oriented, or non-task-oriented? What about task-oriented people drives less task-oriented people crazy, and how about the other way around? Regardless of what you are, which would you rather be?


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Lisa and Francesca write about losing their beloved mother/grandmother, Mother Mary, in this volume. Even in her final days, Mother Mary set the tone by using humor to lighten the mood. Like her mother, Lisa also uses humor as a stress reliever, while Francesca tends to be more contemplative. How does your family deal with crisis? Who in your family would be the one to take the lead? Who would be most likely to crack a joke during emotional times? Does a crisis bring your family together, or cause the gloves to come off?


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In “Who Needs It?,” we get a special glimpse into the loving relationship between Francesca and Mother Mary, which is typical of grandparents and grandchildren. What about this relationship do you think makes it so special? How is it different from a parent-child relationship? What kind of relationship do you have with your grandparents?


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Road trips can be lots of fun, but they can also be the cause of anxiety and stress, which inevitably can cause fights while driving. In “Guilt Tripping at 65 MPH,” we read about Lisa and Francesca’s less than harmonious, yet hilarious, road trip. Do you look forward to road trips, or dread them? What starts your family fighting during a road trip? What is the most memorable road trip you have ever taken? If you could take a road trip with anyone, living or dead, who would you want to go with, and where would you go?


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Lisa is a woman who knows what she wants, yet, as she writes in “I Want What I Want,” she is often told by others what she should or shouldn’t want. Why do you think this happens? Do you think that Lisa’s gender plays a role in this? Why or why not? Why do you think it is harder for women to stand up for themselves than men? Have you ever been talked out of something you wanted, or talked into something you didn’t want? What was it, and what did you learn from the experience?


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In Francesca’s “The Mutual Fade-Out,” she talks about ending a relationship by letting enough time pass in between communications so that both parties understand that it has run its course. Whether a love interest, or a friendship, how do you handle ending a relationship that you have outgrown? Do you think honesty is always the best policy in a breakup? Have you ever mistakenly let a relationship fade out that you wish you could get back? Have you reconnected with anyone from your past using social media? If so, tell us about it.


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Lisa writes about the selfie epidemic in “In Search of Selfie.” What do you think about the selfie craze? In what ways do you think it is a good thing, and how can it be harmful? Everything is captured on film these days. What impact does this have on the teens of today? Do you think the selfie-taking is positive self-expression or overexposure?


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Francesca literally takes a leap of faith in “Cliff Diving,” and jumped despite being afraid. What leaps of faith have you taken in your life? How did it turn out for you? If you had the chance to do it over again, would you? Is there anything you would have done differently?


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