This is a terrifically relaxing book. I'd just finished reading a very intense biography about a very strange female author so for my next book, I wanted something fun to read and this is that book. I read at night before I go to sleep and it's nice to read a book that makes you laugh and feel calm before going to sleep. Each essay is about 3-5 pages in length and each stands on its own. Lisa speaks to every woman -- she laughs at herself and her quirks and foibles and we in turn can relate to them and do the same. Francesca Serrintella, Lisa's daughter, is also a writer and she writes what she knows - what it's like being a woman in her late twenties, living in NY, coming off a two year relationship that failed, while trying to carve out a career for herself as a writer of novels.
Lisa addresses the serious things too -- losing her mother last year to lung cancer and how regardless of our age or their age when they pass, it iis difficult to lose your parents but it is comforting to know that they really are always with us because we are the product of them and see them in ourselves. Even while addressing a serious subject like this -- both writers are able to see humor and the gift of remaining positive.
Overall this is a highly readable book and one that makes you think it would be great to be a friend of either of these women.
If given the opportunity to see Lisa at a book signing -- go. You will not be disappointed. She is funny, intelligent, witty and interesting. I've seen her speak three times and always came away feeling happy that I went and having learned something about the writing process. She's very good about sharing with readers how she gets inspired to write a novel. I remember one time she said that her inspiration for a new book was passing a woman in the mall who had a certain "look" that sparked her thoughts about the lead character in her next novel.