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Meet me at emotional baggage claim /

From the bestselling mother/daughter writing duo comes another hilarious collection of essays about motherhood, daughterhood, womanhood, and "does this hood look good on me?" Full description

Main Author: Scottoline, Lisa.
Other Authors: Serritella, Francesca Scottoline.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: First edition.
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SUMMARY

Love and guilt are thick in the Scottoline/Serritella household, and Lisa and Francesca's mother-daughter-turned-best-friends bond will strike a familiar note to many. But now that Lisa is a suburban empty nester and Francesca is an independent twentysomething in the big city, they have to learn how to stay close while living apart. How does a mother's love translate across state lines and over any semblance of personal boundaries? You'll laugh out loud as they face off overthe proper technique for packing dishes, the importance of bringing a coat in the summertime, and the dos and don'ts of dating at any age. Add feisty octogenarian Mother Mary to the mix, and you have a Molotov cocktail of estrogen, opinions, and fun.These stories will make you laugh, cry, and call your mother, daughter, and all your girlfriends.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claimp. 1
Shakespeare Was No Dummyp. 6
I Love You, Manp. 9
Motherhood Has No Expiration Datep. 13
Ode to Vance Packardp. 16
Cushyp. 19
Field Guide to the American Malep. 22
Boxers or Briefsp. 25
Ticklep. 28
iBurglarsp. 31
Homebodiesp. 34
Once Upon a Timep. 37
Moving Onp. 40
Advertise Herep. 43
Insecurity Clearancep. 46
Fawningp. 49
Starry Starry Nightp. 53
The Many Homes of Mother Maryp. 56
Happy Birthdayp. 61
Aftershockedp. 65
Stroke, Stroke, Bail, Bailp. 69
The Facts of Lifep. 73
Southern Exposurep. 76
Wag the Technologyp. 79
Kicking Tuchesp. 82
Labor Dayp. 87
I Stink, Officiallyp. 91
You're So Vain, This Is About Youp. 94
Shortcut Sallyp. 100
Doggie Universep. 103
Unspecial Deliveryp. 106
There Was a Little Girl, Who Had a Little Curlp. 111
Final Curtainp. 114
Emotional Baggagep. 117
Willpower and Won'tpowerp. 121
Hairy and Crazyp. 124
Very Personal Shopperp. 127
9/11, Ten Years Laterp. 130
Gateway Paintp. 135
Gateway Browniep. 138
Bittersweetp. 143
Plan Cp. 146
Snow Jobp. 150
Lisa Hits the Eggnogp. 153
You Can Never Buy a Gift for a Motherp. 156
And Many Happy Returnsp. 159
Controlled Freaksp. 162
Dating at the Speed Limit, or the Bad Newsp. 165
Skype Appealp. 169
Dating at the Speed Limit, or the Good Newsp. 173
Girl with a Pearl Earringp. 176
Magic Mushroomsp. 179
Mythical Beastiep. 184
Blizzard of Ozp. 187
Mother Mary and the MRIp. 190
Grandmother Whispererp. 193
Feet Don't Fail Me Nowp. 197
Slip Sliding Awayp. 201
In Which Spunky Teaches Me About Mother Maryp. 205
Subtextp. 208
In-box of Lettersp. 212
Spoiledp. 216
To Everything, There Is a Seasonp. 220
Hang-Upsp. 223
Nobody's Passengerp. 227
All We Have to Do Is Take This Lie and Make It Truep. 231
Called to Orderp. 235
I Am Mother Maryp. 239
Get Well, or Elsep. 243
Gadget Girlp. 246
Jazz Handsp. 251
An Open Letter from an Open Heartp. 254
Acknowledgmentsp. 261


Review by Booklist Review

Best-selling, Edgar Award-winning legal-thriller author and suburban empty-nester Scottoline and her Harvard grad, writing-prize-winner daughter, Serritella, write a column, Chick Wit in the Philadelphia Inquirer. They now return to the kitchen to dish up another delicious mix of family and friendship cooked to perfection, as they did in their previous collaborations, My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space (2010) and Best Friends, Occasional Enemies (2011). Building off their laugh-out-loud success, these sassy single gals share the tumultuous terrain of the dating world, the impossibility of finding a good delivery man or a reliable snowblower, and the joys of owning a dog (or five). No subject is off-limits here, as Scottoline and Serritella include relevant quips for women from 18 to 82. With the title serving as a surefire indicator, readers can count on an ab-toning laugh session, a silly giggle, a sympathetic sigh, and a lump in the throat as life's moments are rehashed through the keen eyes and wits of this lovable mother-daughter duo.--McCormick, Annie Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The witty and warm mother-daughter team are back with their third collection of "Chick Wit" columns they write for the Philadelphia Inquirer. New York Times bestselling author Lisa is the 56-year-old single mom of Francesca, a 25-year-old aspiring novelist and new resident of New York City. They work to establish boundaries and maintain a lifelong connection as Lisa settles into her Philadelphia-area empty nest (well, except for dogs, cats, chickens, and an errant fawn) and Francesca ventures out into the big city (complete with, alas, a frequent flasher). As always, Lisa and Francesca write about (grand-) Mother Mary with admiration, occasional frustration, and love. There's a lot of love in this book; readers who have affectionate families will feel at home, and those who don't will enjoy these relatives who are also friends. As in their previous books, the women muse on dating, aging, and carbs; the vagaries of home improvements, swimming, and online shopping are also addressed. Francesca's contributions are, like her mother's, by turns funny and poignant; "I Love You, Man," about bro-ing out with mom (over action movies, gross-out comedy, and sports) is a hoot, and "Grandmother Whisperer," wherein she brokers communication between the generations, is sweet and wise. Family photos round out this delightful collection of essays that are fun to read, share, and ponder. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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AUTHOR NOTES

Lisa Scottoline graduated magna cum laude in three years from the University of Pennsylvania, in 1976. Her B.A. degree was in English with a concentration in the Contemporary American Novel. She then graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1981, where she served as an Associate Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Scottoline's writing career began with her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, published in 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers. The novel became a bestseller and was nominated for the Edgar Award, the most prestigious award given in crime fiction, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America. All of her books draw on her experience as a trial lawyer. Scottoline is a native of Philadelphia and she still lives in the same area with her family today. Her title Come Home made the New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. Accused made the New York Times Best Seller List for 2013. Keep Quiet made the New York Times Best Seller List for 2014. (Bowker Author Biography)


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