Sunday, January 31, 2010

Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog

Regular blog readers know that I love mysteries.  A good tried and true author is Lisa Scottoline.  I know that if I pick up one of her books, I’m going to like it.   Regular readers know that last year, I decided to listen to nonfiction and read fiction.  So, in my quest for a fun nonfiction listen, I found:

Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman

Apparently Lisa Scottoline writes a column for a newspaper and these are the collected columns from that paper.  I had no idea she was so funny. 

From Amazon:

Somewhere in her mid-50s, twice divorced (from men she calls Thing One and Thing Two) and living happily in the burbs with her recent college-graduate daughter and a passel of pets, Scottoline maintains a frothy repartee with the reader as she discusses ways she would redecorate the White House (Cupholders for all!), relies on her built-in Guilt-O-Meter to get dreaded tasks done (a broken garbage disposal rates only a 1, while accumulating late fees at the library rates a 7) and contemplates, while making a will, who will get her cellulite. For some quick gags, Scottoline brings in various family members: mother Mary, a whippersnapper at 4'11 who lives in South Beach with her gay son, Scottoline's brother Frank, and possesses a coveted back-scratcher; and her Harvard-educated daughter, Francesca. 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.

I really enjoyed this book a lot.  It was laugh out loud funny at times, and simply charming at other times.   I realize that I am probably her target market, and if this sounds like something you might enjoy, I highly recommend you giving it a try.

18 comments:

Rachel Cotterill said...

Sounds like a blog in book form! :)

Joanne said...

This sounds like a nonfiction book I would enjoy! I agree with Rachel...short, funny posts...would make for an awesome blog.

Bridget said...

Lisa Scottoline is an absolute hoot - if you ever have the chance to see her in person - GO!

She writes a column every Sunday in the Philadelphia Inquirer called "Chick Wit." This particular book is coming out soon in audio format, read by her and her daughter Francesca. It should be fun to listen to. I really enjoyed the book, there were times when I laughed out loud.

food with style said...

and the list keeps growing...

how to you like tracy's book? i just qued up at the library for it yesterday.

zurin said...

I love funny books,, this one must be good by the sound of it!

Chris said...

Sounds like a fun read, kind of like a female Sam Veneble.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Sounds like a funny book, Pam..... Doggies love us no matter what we say or do or look like... Doggies don't talk back or fuss at us... Sounds like a good mate to me... ha
Hugs,
Betsy

chellebelle said...

I'm looking it up at the library now! Thanks.

A Year on the Grill said...

Love mysteries, and man bashing is fun even for men... hey, we know what we are

Nancy said...

Thanks for the book review. I am into books and movies that either make me laugh, think, or are just plain entertaining. Real life has enough of the drama.

noble pig said...

The title has sucked me in.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

That does sound like fun!
And I agree with Rachel, sounds almost like a blog in book form.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I'm a fan of Lisa Scottoline's mysteries, too, so I'll take your recommendation and read this book. Sounds hilarious.

Mimi said...

Sounds like a good read.
Mimi

Kim said...

Laughing at the title. I should buy this book for my mom. I think it is also her motto.

merrilymarylee said...

I'll get it! Anyone who calls her ex-husband "Thing One" and loves dogs is my kind of writer.

LOL!

Heather said...

Love love love a good book. She seems like a stitch too so definitely worth a read. I little recommend, but I may be partial as I started reading this woman wayyyy back before I blogged or probably even knew what a sieve was. Diane Mott Davidson - The Goldie the Caterer series. Laugh out loud. Charming. Recipes. MURDER. Everything I want in a book. OR MY LIFE bwa ha ha haaaa...

JMCD said...

i loved it too. listened to it my car and laughed out loud....all by myself.