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Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman Kindle Edition
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About the Author
"Scottoline savors every last bit of her life, and so will you." --People magazine"Plunging into home improvement frenzy, constructing a chicken coop, figuring out mystifying insurance policies and how not to die at the gym are some of the conundrums this ordinary woman faces with verve and wicked humor, especially how her beloved dogs have contentedly replaced the romance in her life." --Publishers Weekly "Scottoline takes the fodder of everyday life and offers witty reflections from a female perspective." --Booklist "...shrewd, tart, sensitive and hard to resist." --Kirkus Reviews "She has compiled about 70 of the funniest, smartest and most poignant dispatches into one deliciously exuberant collection. What really makes this collection so addictive is Scottoline's way of capturing everyday moments, dissecting them and coming up with unexpected and slightly off-kilter observations about life." --Book Page --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B002XJBB18
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; First edition (18 November 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 1244 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 303 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 865,906 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have enjoyed Lisa Scottoline's writing for quite some time. I would have to say that I became a pretty big fan of hers when I went to an author event at my local library when she was touring for Look Again. I couldn't believe how much fun I had listening to her. She was funny and she threw snack cakes at the audience which is always a plus. I went home that night with a huge grin on my face, a snack cake to devour later on, and a brand new tote bag that she gave me for buying several of her novels. I don't really know what I waited until now to read this book since I know how funny she can be.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Lisa made a return visit to my town to promote her new book Every Fifteen Minutes. This event was just as much fun as the first. There weren't any snack cakes this time...but there was wine and cheese so I don't think any missed the snack cakes. I spent some time talking to other fans at the event and learned that Lisa actually narrates the audiobooks for her humorous books. I had just finished an audiobook so I downloaded this book and started listening right away.
This is a compilation of articles, some of which I think I may have read before when they were originally published in a newspaper column. Some of the stories were laugh out loud funny. Some made me chuckle just a little bit. One story actually made me cry which is crazy. I hardly ever cry and especially not on my way to work over an audiobook. I was really very impressed that this book was able to bring out so much emotion. I am amazed by how much I could relate to Lisa Scottoline and in many ways her story felt like some of my own.
I liked the fact that this book was really 90 different stories. Yes, there were 90 chapters in my audiobook and each chapter was a completely different story. You learned a lot about many of the people in the book and the stories did build upon that knowledge but any of the stories could be listened to independently without any problem. This was a perfect set up for me because I work just a few miles from my house so I could listen to a couple of stories in the car on the way to work and not worry about stopping in the middle of a chapter. I even listened to it when my family was in the car and felt no embarrassment. My daughter was embarrassed but I had no problems and I even caught my husband and daughter laughing a couple of times.
The narration was perfect. I wish that she would narrate all of her books because she is a fabulous narrator. Her daughter even authored and narrated a few of the chapters and it was nice to hear her perspective. Generally, I have found that authors can be the best narrators because they know how they envisioned the story be told. This book is really Lisa Scottoline's life told through stories and I can't think of anyone else I would have wanted as a narrator.
I would recommend this book to others. I know that my mother will love this book and I plan to help her get it on her kindle the next time I see her. I will definitely be reading more from Lisa Scottoline in the future.
I have just finished reading it and it was with a sigh of relief that I didn't pick a stinker (we have had a few of those over the years and certain people are still teased about their awful selections - the pressure can really be "on").
Lisa Scottoline is a 50 something, single woman who is most known for her mystery/thriller novels. This book is a deviation from that and holds a collection of newspaper columns she wrote about life, family and friendships. Each "chapter" is short comprising one column and written independently of the others. There is some overlap and re-occurring themes, but each one stands alone. I would actually recommend reading this in chunks rather than sitting down and reading the whole thing at once - it lends itself to that format and I think the reader will appreciate each piece more if digested in small bites.
While there is humor in here, there are also points of reflection and introspection that go deeper rather than anything for a laugh. I really appreciated the love she shares regarding her family. The stories of Mother Mary are handled so well - she isn't unrealistically presented as perfect, but the reader is shown her flaws with love. Even the ex-husbands are not skewered but are referred to in a vague enough way as to be largely gentle with them. Some stories are hilarious, some are sad and some cause the reader to pause and take a moment for introspection - very, very good.
I truly enjoyed this read and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I do as well in my selection for next year!