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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (516 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Scottoline Serritella, Francesca Serritella Narrator: Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Scottoline Serritella, Francesca Serritella Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781427213433
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From the New York Times bestselling writing team comes a hilarious new collection of essays that observe life from a mother/daughter perspective

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella are the best of friends—99.9% of the time. They're number one on each other's speed dial and they tell each other everything—well, almost everything. They share shoes and clothes—except one very special green jacket, which almost caused a catfight.

In other words, they're just like every mother and daughter in the world. Best friends, and occasional enemies. Now they're dishing about it all—their lives, their relationship, and their carb count.

Inspired by their weekly column, "Chick Wit" for The Philadelphia Inquirer, this book is one you'll have to put down—just to stop laughing.

Lisa on Being a Mom - Motherhood has no expiration date. Francesca lives in the city, and I worry about her all the time. My daughter moved out, so why am I still lactating?

Francesca on Being a Daughter - My mother is always right. Just ask her.

Lisa on Things Every Daughter Should Know - Your mother is always thinking about you, but that's not creepy. Your mother will never forget who did you dirty in the sixth grade, for which you can thank her. And your mother will never stop asking you if you need to go to the bathroom, before you leave the house. Well, do you?

Francesca on Closet Wars - My mom is a great dresser. Mostly because she's wearing my clothes.

Lisa on Aging Gracefully - My sex drive is in reverse, I have more whiskers than my cat, and my estrogen replacement is tequila.

Francesca on Apartment Living - When I saw a mouse, the first person I called was Mom. She told me to call my super, but I felt bad bothering him. I hate to bother people. But I love to bother my mother.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Black-and-white family photographs lend a homey feel to the experience, which culminates in a reminder to mothers and daughters that friendship between them can last a lifetime. A treat for fans of observational humor. Kirkus Reviews

  • [A] witty and sweet return to the ins and outs of life in this sometimes kooky, always smart and funny, family. Publishers Weekly
  • “Feels like one big gabfest with your best girlfriends, whatever their age. The tell-all twosome have yet again opened their hearts and homes, cooking up a huge helping of laughs, sprinkled with a few tears and a dash of motherly love--and it all goes down deliciously. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teddie | 2/11/2014

    " Love this book. Both mother & daughter are excellent writers. The book is a series of essays mainly on the mother & daughter relationship. Also you get the daughter aspect from Lisa (mom author) as her mother is still living. What I truly enjoy about this book is how much Lisa loves her daughter. I feel the same way about my daughter as she does about hers. She expresses her love so wonderfully & I wish I could do the same. So I told my daughter read this & see how much I love you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruthann | 2/8/2014

    " Lisa has made me laugh again. This is the third non-fiction book I have read that she has written. I have enjoyed everyone of them, she writes about sujects that relate to women's lives in the world today. She is funny and I also enjoy reading her daughter's writings. I would recommend all three of her books, you will laugh and feel good after you have finished them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/25/2014

    " I like the Empty Nest book and the My Next Husband will be a Dog book better. But a good read notheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Fateen | 1/25/2014

    " I enjoyed it, but I liked her other books more. Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog and My Nest Is Not Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space made me laugh out loud. This one is cute, but not one of my favorites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Monica | 1/22/2014

    " awful, awful book. Pure fluff. It depicted the worst of our gender. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/20/2014

    " good book for mothers and daughters to read. reminds us of the things that matter. funny and heartwarming "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 1/17/2014

    " This was an interesting look into the personal life of an author I just started reading. The main writer Lisa Scottoline is best friends with her daughter Francesca. This is odd to me and one that I could never imagine with my mother. I loved the stories and laughed through almost all the book. The parts about Mother Mary are great and we all know people like that. I did like the book. Lisa is very funny and has the life. She writes from home and lives alone with her pets. She can do whatever and say whatever and she gets paid for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 1/15/2014

    " I liked it, but it wasn't the book I was expecting. Many of the essays only superficially touched on the mother/daughter relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Woodruff | 1/15/2014

    " The author of this book, Lisa Scottoline, is one of my favorites. However, this book is not at all like her fictional stories. This is about the relationship between mother and daughter. It is co-written with her daughter. The short essays in this book talk about everyday events of life. The writing is much like the style of Erma Bombeck! I was laughing out loud reading some of them. Lisa is a devoted fan of George Clooney and chocolate. How could you go wrong with favorites like those!?! Whether you have a daughter, or are a daughter, this book needs to be on your book list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helenanne Hughes | 1/15/2014

    " Started off good, but the went downhill from there... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/7/2014

    " Listened and loved this one. Very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie Matoren | 12/23/2013

    " I love Lisa Scottoline. she has written some amazing books. I also love the books that she has written with her daughter. If you're looking for something light-hearted about mothers and daughters Lisa Scottoline's books are the way to go. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 12/16/2013

    " Very disappointed in this book-thought it was more of a mother and daughter interaction, but it wasn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/13/2013

    " Always fun - quick chapters that are actual columns this author and her daughter write for the Philadelphia Inquirer. A fun commentary on all life's ups and downs and every day happenings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/8/2013

    " This was another fun and fast read. I enjoyed the stories and could relate to many. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Garfield | 12/4/2013

    " I absolutely love Lisa's non mystery titles. I totally relate to her insights on family, food, getting older and furry friends. This is an author I would love to have lunch with. She makes me smile! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 11/14/2013

    " I would probably have enjoyed these essays more as weekly columns, which I think is their origin. Taken together, though, the puns and the one-liners made me tired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 8/24/2013

    " just started reading this (thank you Heather!) and I swear if I didn't know any better I'd swear that it was written specifically about me and my girls! Love it! Love it! Love it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia2848 | 5/3/2013

    " seemed to jump around . . did not like "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madison | 3/23/2013

    " Not quite as funny as the previous two,(Why My Third Husband Will be a Dog and My Nest Isn't Empty it Just has More Closet Space) Best Friends, Occasional Enemies is more sentimental. I was hoping for more Mother Mary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marnie Cushing | 1/5/2013

    " LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Scottoline's personal stories! Laugh out loud funny! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 12/21/2012

    " Thought this book would be more of a balance between the mother and daughter's perspective, but it was weighed down heavily by short stories from the mother. Thus, I did not find it as entertaining as I had hoped it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 10/25/2012

    " A great mother-daughter book with several LOLs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 8/23/2012

    " I read this book in one day! Very funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Matthews | 7/27/2012

    " A gift from my daughter! Hmmmm... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 1/29/2012

    " I can't seem to get enough of Scottoline's humor. Any book that I'm actually smiling while reading is a delight for me. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author and has served as president of the Mystery Writers of America. She has won an Edgar® Award and Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Fun Fearless Fiction” Award, and she is the president of Mystery Writers of America. She teaches a course on justice and fiction at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. There are thirty million copies of Lisa’s books in print, and she has been published in over thirty-five countries.

About the Narrator

Francesca Serritella graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, the Le Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize, and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for her creative writing. She lives in New York with only one dog, so far.