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Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?

Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?

True Stories and Confessions

Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

The unstoppable, irreverent mother-daughter team presents a new collection of funny stories and true confessions that every woman can relate to. From identity theft to the hazards of bicycling to college reunions and eating on the beach, Lisa and Francesca tackle the quirks, absurdities, and wonders of everyday life with wit and warmth. As Lisa says, “More and more, especially in the summertime when I’m sitting on the beach, I’m learning not to sweat it. To go back to the child that I used to be. To see myself through the loving eyes of my parents. To eat on the beach. And not to worry about whether every little thing makes me look fat. In fact, not to worry at all.”

So put aside your worries and join Lisa and Francesca as they navigate their way through the crazy world we live in, laughing along the way.


I'm Not My Type

By Francesca

I have a terrible personality.

According to Myers-Briggs.

My best friend sent me a version of the famous personality test to discover whether or not we would be good candidates...


Praise for Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?

Praise for This Series

“True tales of how we live now from a mother and daughter who are best pals—and a very funny writing team.” –People “Best Beach Book”

“We get to be flies on the wall as the mother-daughter team fights, makes up, and hurls barbs just like you and your mom.” –O, The Oprah Magazine “Perfect Summer Must Read”

"Guaranteed laughs: Short, sharp musings on life from perennially hilarious mom-daughter duo." -Good Housekeeping

“The perfect present for moms, grandmas, and aunts.” —Cosmopolitan

“A funny uplifting read for women of any generation.” –Publishers Weekly

“Mother and daughter give an entertaining, down –to-earth narration as they reflect on various aspects of their lives.” –AudioFile Best Book of the Year

“Readers can count on an ab-toning laugh session, a silly giggle, a sympathetic sigh, and a lump in the throat as life’s moments are rehashed through the keen eyes and wits of this lovable mother-daughter duo.” –Booklist

"Lisa and Francesca, mother and daughter, bring you the laughter of their lives once again and better than ever. You will identify with these tales of guilt and fall in love with them and fierce (grand) Mother Mary." —Delia Ephron, bestselling author

“Lisa and Francesca both have great personal styles that make readers feel that they are being taken into a friend’s confidence —we get drawn in so close that it is easy to believe that what is happening to Lisa and Francesca is happening to us.” –Connecticut Post

"Writer Lisa Scottoline is as skilled at slaying readers with humor as she is at knocking off perps in her best-selling mysteries. She and her daughter Francesca tag-team the laughs about ife and love in their fourth collection of essays." –American Way Magazine

Erma Bombeck for mothers and daughters, with a zesty Italian twist. –Kirkus

"Whether Lisa and Francesca are contemplating mommy guilt, puppy love or baby fever, this fabulous book is that rare mix of LOL wit and exquisite real-world wisdom. –Kate White, bestselling author

"Lisa and Francesca's writing is so fun, funny, warm, sharp, and emotional that I wish I could both adopt and be adopted by them.” –Megan Amram, bestselling author

“This duo’s ponderings on contemporary life and sometimes stormy family ties are always entertaining. Fasten your seat-belts for the good times ahead.” –Mary Kay Andrews, bestselling author

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

LISA SCOTTOLINE is a New York Times bestselling and Edgar award-winning author of more than twenty-five novels, including Look Again, Lady Killer, Think Twice, Save Me and Everywhere That Mary Went. She is coauthor of several humor memoirs and writes a Sunday column for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has thirty million copies of her books in print, and is published in thirty countries. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with an array of disobedient pets.

FRANCESCA SERRITELLA is a New York Times bestselling author and columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, the Le Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize, and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for her creative writing. She lives in New York with one dog and one cat, so far.

Lisa Scottoline

© Deborah Feingold

Francesca Serritella

©April Narby

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