cover image Have a Nice Guilt Trip

Have a Nice Guilt Trip

Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, read by the authors. Macmillan Audio, , unabridged, six CDs, 6.5 hrs., $29.99 ISBN 978-1-4272-3293-9

This mother-daughter literary team quip their way through life’s ups and downs with witty, wisecracking humor in a series of delightfully random vignettes. Scottoline declares that “someone has to write about the simple things in life,” while reminiscing about vapor rub and radiators and obsessing over furniture arranging. Love, marriages, and divorces provide the predictable zingers of Scottoline’s contributions; her own mother, “Mother Mary,” is lovingly portrayed as feisty and old-school; and their six dogs also inspire a great deal of material. Scottoline covers both the banalities of middle age (gray hair, glasses, vitamins) and the sadness suffered following the loss of a beloved dog: “Life contains the bitter and the sweet.” She sounds sincerely impassioned about politics, women’s self-esteem, and Hurricane Sandy. Serritella’s voice is crisp and pleasant as she likens jury duty to high school—a spot-on, funny analogy. She refers frequently to her boyfriend and her dog Pip. Rollerblading and being a dog’s stage mom call for Seritella’s lightness of tone, while she becomes more intimate about milestones, such as coping with the reality of a newly married ex-boyfriend. Lively, clever, and absolutely relatable, this audio is a winner. A St. Martin’s hardcover. (July)