At a library conference several years ago, I heard mystery writer Lisa Scottoline. She was promoting a new book, I don’t remember which one. I do remember that I really enjoyed her – she was witty, humorous, engaged the audience. I didn’t read the book she was promoting nor anything else she has written – I confess I am not a mystery reader.
Now she has published a book of essays. The style and approach I so enjoyed when I heard her, come through loud and clear in Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, a collection of essays originally published in her hometown paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, entitled “Chick Wit.”
She writes of her built-in guilt-o-meter, her Mother Mary and just-graduated-from-Harvard daughter, her former husbands known as Thing One and Thing Two, and, of course, why her next husband will be a dog. Women of a certain age – and she writes about them too and whatever that age might be – will relate to her everyday experiences told in an engaging style from the perspective, she says, of an ordinary woman.
Each essay is about 2 ½ pages, just the length of a newspaper column – read a few here and there or read them straight through. I’m beginning to think about my favorite books of the year. This one just might be on my nonfiction list.
Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog