The Kitchen Shrink - Dee DeTarsio (2011)

As someone who is totally into DIY shows, I absolutely loved The Kitchen Shrink. It's a witty, amusing story about a woman who is not only getting a home makeover for free, but she is also receiving a life makeover (therapy) while the walls come down all around her. This is an entirely relatable story, with quirky characters, touching moments and laugh-out-loud shenanigans that will keep you thoroughly entertained. What a brilliant premise, because if your home can use a facelift it's a sure bet that your life needs a little lift too. The author uses comedy as her weapon and has the ability to tell a tale that leaves you wanting more. Between her ex, her overly dramatic kids, to her best friend and nosy mother, Lisby gives us a peek at the vulnerability everyone experiences in life ... thankfully most of us don't have to do it in front of a camera on national TV. This book is easy to read, laugh-out-loud funny, and if you have an imagination like mine you'll be picturing it happening as if you were actually watching the show. (CF)

The Kitchen Shrink, by Dee Detarsio, tells a charming tale highlighting the humour, vulnerability, honesty and flaws of a suburban mom. The summary says: "When did Lisby Shaw's life turn into a country music song? Probably when her best friend signed her up for the debut of the new reality TV show, The Kitchen Shrink, for the ultimate life and home makeover! Unable to squirm out of this "it will be fun" opportunity, Lisby tries to juggle her upstairs-behind-the-scenes-life with her downstairs-in-front-of-the-camera persona, where everything she says and does can and will be used against her. Hopefully, the show doesn't find out about her fling with that hunky carpenter. Or that she and her friend smoked hootch she found in her daughter's room. Lisby cannot believe what a freak show her life has become. At least no one knows about her crush on Sam, Sam, the Cameraman ... Lisby tries to find her way as the TV cameras capture her every move, zooming in on drama with her kids, her ex, her mom and her best friend. Stay tuned for Lisby's extreme close-up as she becomes a jilted laughing-stock on national TV. All is lost ... or is it?" The Kitchen Shrink can be found in ebook format through: Amazon, Smashwords, ReaderStore, and Barnes & Noble. Dee DeTarsio is also the author of The Scent of Jade and is busy working on her next novel, Ros, coming soon. (CF)

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