Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review - I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool is a great title. It sums up this collection of humorous essays from the mother daughter combo of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella.  Light and breezy, this book encompasses musings on all aspects of life and from the perspective of a sixty year old twice divorced successful author who lives in the Philly suburbs,  and a thirty year old single up and comer living in New York City.  From the cover blurb – They offer a fresh and funny take on the triumphs and face-palm moments of modern life, showing that when it comes to navigating the crazy world we live in, you’ve always been your own best lifeguard.

From Lisa’s chapter Collect Them All
Either way, I have too many books.
I know, I don’t think it’s a problem either.
The only thing is they’re overtaking my house. 
 She goes on to discuss putting book shelves in her kitchen, the only room without such shelving. It’s a funny chapter and one I could identify with.

From Francesca’s chapter Hi, My Name Is
“It’s a good networking opportunity.”
If there’s a more anxiety inducing sentence than that, I don’t know it.
Networking is the worst. I like people and I’m outgoing, but I like connecting with people on a real level. I make friends. I don’t make “contacts”.
She goes on to describe an event, and being the awkward outcast standing in a corner. We’ve all been there.


Lifeguard is a very fun non-fiction book I plucked from the library shelves. If you need a chuckle or two, this is the book for you.  Enjoy. 

16 comments:

  1. Networking sure can be a pain in the butt.

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    1. exactly and she covers that and more with good humor

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  2. Those awkward networking moments. No one likes them!

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  3. Looks like a fun read. And the title is spot on.

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  4. Great fun to read I imagine. A great review indded.

    Yvonne.

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  5. A lot of us could appreciate that book for the title alone. Thank you for bringing us a little known gem, Joanne.
    Have a great week.

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    1. You are welcome. A humor break is often needed

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  6. Yes, I was drawn to the title too because my daughter was a swimmer. Sounds like a great book.

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    1. thanks. It's a hoot. Lots of life chuckles

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  7. They both seem forthright and fun people. Sounds like a great book.

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    1. you can tell they love and respect each other. Fun mother/daughter combo

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  8. This DOES sound like a great book. Oh, that sick feeling of being the corner stander...even the memory brings on anxiety.

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