Anyone want to guess how much I ADORE the words “Feminist” and Book” and “Club” being put together on this fabulous website? I was so thoroughly thrilled and honored to be a guest on wonderful Renee Powers’ delightful podcast. Enjoy! [FBC5] Heidi Mastrogiovanni, author of Lala Pettibone: Standing Room Only | Feminist Book Club
I had such a wonderful time visiting with my dear and inspiring friend, August McLaughlin, on an episode of fabulous Girl Boner Radio! I loved speaking with her about the great joy pets bring to our lives, and about our upcoming book launches. Click below to catch the entire interview! Pets and Relationships + Book…
My huge thanks to Stephanie Michele for inviting me to be on her show. And huge thanks to our mutual friend, August McLaughlin, for putting us in touch with each other. Stephanie is delightful, and it was an utter joy to spend time with her. Her crew is so gracious and welcoming, and they’re so…
There are few things I love more than reading. There are few things I love more than writing. And I feel quite sure that I will not be the first or the last writer who, when asked what advice she might give to writers starting out on their creative journey, will respond, “Read. All the…
I’m such a proud graduate of wonderful Wesleyan University. When Cynthia Rockwell, Associate Editor of the Wesleyan magazine, asked if I would be willing to be interviewed for their online edition, I think my gleefully yelped response was something to the effect of, “Willing? I AM UTTERLY THRILLED!” My huge thanks to Cynthia, and to…
Lala Pettibone's Act Two is a finalist in the Humor category for Foreword Reviews 2017 Indies Book of the Year Awards!
Meet Lala Pettibone, a forty-something widow whose outrageous antics befit women half her age. When Lala leaves her beloved New York City to relocate to a whole other Manhattan on the opposite side of the country, she’s less than thrilled. But good things come her way in sunny California, including inspiration to finish writing an uproarious book based on her own delightfully ridiculous adventures.
Lala Pettibone’s Act Two is a wonderfully hilarious, second-coming-of-age-novel.
An Excerpt: Lala and her beloved Auntie Geraldine, mourning the passage of one of Lala's precious rescued senior dogs. (P.S. To anyone who has met him, it should be obvious that Yootza is based on Tom's and my own dear Chester, who is, mercifully, still with us...)
“Oh, Auntie Geraldine, I miss him.”
“Yup,” Geraldine said. “His absence is profound.”
“He was such a dear little grump. I’m thinking I’m going to up the ante on trying to put more joy in the world. In his grumpy little bastard honor.”
“Atta girl,” Geraldine said. She dabbed at her eyes with the end of her robe’s sash. “You know, I get the feeling he’s watching from Grumpy Little Bastard Heaven, and I think he’s really happy, Lala.”
They nodded and sipped their drinks. They paused, letting themselves enjoy the warm California sunshine, each savoring a special memory of Yootza.
Lala was reliving the first moment she saw Yootza at the shelter in New York City and his pronounced, crooked underbite immediately stole her heart.
Geraldine was recalling that funny, adorable, terrifying time Yootza mistook her left index finger for a Snausage.