Great book full of stories and anecdotes about the author's life in small town mid-America, her move to the big cities, and back again. She is an accomplished television and film writer who uses her wit and great storytelling abilities to draw you in. One of my favorite stories, is her about interaction with Arnold Schwarzenegger, after he almost ran into her car with his Hummer. Buy this book. You won't be disappointed. I got the audiobook too, so I can listen in my truck.
A great quick read. Leave yourself behind as you step into Lisa's life as a silent observer. Experience what it would be like to be a Hollywood writer, rub elbows with the elite and take romantic vacations. I felt her enthusiasm for life, sensitivity towards others and her unwavering courage and tenacity to pursue her dreams. She experiences life with hightened senses expressed in vivid detail. I truly enjoyed these writings. Thank You!
Lisa looks at life through a lens that is raw, personal and thoughtful. At times her book was humorous, at other times poignant. Lisa’s unabashed sharing illustrates living life to its fullest. An interesting read that left me reflective.
Short Skirts and Shorter Stories is a collection of recollections - it is like a necklace of beads on a string - each a slightly different size - each a different pattern - but connected enough to make a lovely and satisfying piece of costume jewelry.
It isn't an autobiography or even a memoir - it's rather a stream of insights gained from one person's experiences over a lifetime of working in a field full of self-involved people in the American entertainment industry, sandwiched between a life lived in the contrasting world of small-town America. The sweetness of the provincial experiences is added to the more glittering sharper-edged reality of the celebrity experience, and while the pictures remain distinct, each infuses the other with deeper color. It is a genuine work and its brevity is perfect and fitting. It gives, not the story, but an impression, of a woman of her time. It reminds me of the images evoked by Debussy's music. His "Reflections in the Water" conjures up for each individual their own picture of the rain in the puddles or the leaves reflected in the lake. It is an impressionistic work. It's slightness is appropriate and its inner music is clearly audible.
Full disclosure: I was producing an 80s sitcom when Lisa and her then writing partner husband came in for a writers meeting. We didn't ultimately do any business, but I remember she was the smart, funny one of the team. When this book came across my desk almost 30 years later I was curious whether our meeting was chronicled. A quick, cheating page-through later, I discovered (spoiler alert) it is not. But I soothed my hurt feelings by settling in for the evening with a good book. Speaking of which...
"Short Skirts and Shorter Stories" is the best kind of light-hearted non-fiction: bite-sized slices of Lisa's life -- in the midwest, the west, the east & back to the midwest -- that made me feel as i fI shared the best, worst, most intimate secrets from her personal and professional experiences. And who among us doesn't love a little inside voyeurism? There's even a foray into her sexy times. Not what today is known as the "NSFW" kind -- but hey, you can't have everything.
There's enough show-biz name-(and TV series)-dropping to satisfy a jaded industry vet like this reviewer, but not so much that you're buried in the minutia and self-indulgence of an "And then I wrote..." Hollywood bore that we've all yawned our way through. She dispenses those life-slices with charm and wit, and whether it's a short story of victory, or defeat (or sex, did I mention there's sex?), it is told with clarity and pop. They actually have beginnings, middles and ends -- there is a professional writer working here after all.
It's not going to eat up much of your week -- if you get a solid run at it you should polish it off in a long day at the beach -- and yet it stayed with me as satisfyingly as works twice its length. It feels like a journey with a sweet friend, as she goes from daughter to girlfriend to wife to mother to girlfriend again, with plenty of fun (and okay, some not-so-fun) stops in between. You have the sense you met a real person, shared a long car ride with her, heard her story up to here -- and for me at least, hope to hear about the rest of her life some time. Which, I guess if enough people buy this, we will. T. O'D. August, 2016
I greatly enjoyed listening to this "short" memoir. The stories are set all over the country, from northeastern Ohio, where I live, to New York and Hollywood, which I can only imagine. The author's voice is warm and clear, and she draws you into her memories. She has worked with a wide variety of "Names" in the entertainment industry, but my favorite stories were the more personal ones: finding out dance night was cancelled but dancing anyway, her gift for teaching people to ice skate, the story of her first boyfriend. Lovely!
Lively vignettes create vivid snapshots of a woman whose thirst for beauty and adventure and passion for family and friends are unquenchable.
As a TV writer, DeBenedictis offers many delightful anecdotes about Hollywood luminaries and other national celebrities. But it's in this collection's quiet moments that we get to know her heart best.
That includes her poetic imagery of neighborhood children playing on bikes and skateboards on a golden fall day, juxtaposed with the distant folly of a government shutdown. And most poignant is a tribute to the strong, independent mother whose wise life lessons and close relationship continue to sustain DeBenedictis.
This adventurer's seemingly glamorous work and studies have brought her from Ohio to Switzerland, New York, Los Angeles and back. But she will always be a proud Ohioan at heart.