Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter

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St. Martin's Press, Nov 22, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
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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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User Review  - lovestampmom - LibraryThing

I tremendously enjoyed Scottoline's two other non-fiction collections, however. This one was okay. I stopped at about 25% with no intention of going back, although I did force myself to finish. I love ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maydacat - LibraryThing

For an honest, light-hearted look at many of life’s frustrations and confusions, look no further than this collection of short essays by the stalwart writing team of Lisa Scottoline and her daughter ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
We Are All Ferraris
8
Empowered
16
Can This Marriage
24
Holy Moly
32
Mother Mary and
38
The Mothership
45
Love and Worry
52
Mother Mary and The Christmas
142
Twas The Night Before
148
Join Me
155
Cant Start A Fire Without
162
Lunatic
169
The Moon and I
177
Birthday Wish
183
Its NotThe Heat
190

The Heart of a Gambler
59
Worst
65
Mother Mary and
72
Grainy
78
Banana Fanna Fo
86
Pilgrims Progress
92
Security Complex
98
This Old Homebody
106
The Flying Scottolines Reach
113
Dont Look Now
116
Accommodating
123
Runningon Empty
129
My Daughter Moved Out
136
Mathlete
203
Toys in the Attic
209
Bank Angst
216
History Lesson
223
Oh You Dont Know
229
The RightTo Vote
236
Remembering Joy
243
If a Tree Falls in
250
In Which We Get A Woman
257
This Land Is
264
The Best Friends Part
271
Acknowledgments
277
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About the author (2011)

Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author of novels including Look Again, Think Twice, Save Me and Lady Killer. She has 25 million copies of her books in print in the United States, and she has been published in twenty-five countries. She is currently serving as the President of the Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Philadelphia with an array of disobedient pets.

Francesca Scottoline Serritella graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, the Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize, and the Charles Edmond Horman Prize for her creative writing. She lives in New York.

Together, Lisa and Francesca write the weekly column, "Chick Wit," for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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