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

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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 eve
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Published November 22nd 2011 by Macmillan Audio (first published November 2011)
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I always like to say I have three best friends.

My first best friend is Liz. We’ve been that way since I was seven years old. I was the new kid at a new school with no friends, and she just marched right up to me (along with her other friend Tim), and announced with certainty that we were going to be best friends. She was right, of course. We’ve been friends ever since.

My second best friend is Lauren. We met in senior year AP Environmental Science. We started talking, and we found out we were bo
Feb 05, 2012 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To meet Lisa and her daughter (and Mother Mary) is to love them and my family has met them on several occasions. Yes, we were amongst those at her house. At any rate, we have read all of her books and enjoyed them. We have also read Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog and My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space. We loved them, too. But Lisa and Francesca hit this one out of the park! I can't tell you how many times I laughed at loud and had my husband ask me what was so funny. You just ...more
Rachel Sides
Jul 10, 2012 Rachel Sides rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Scottoline is best known for her mystery fiction, but I don't really care for mysteries. I do, however, love Lisa Scottoline's compilations of her "Chick Wit" column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which she writes with her daughter, Francesca Serritella. The first such compilation demanded I read it because of the catchy title, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. How can you not pick that up! Then I listened to My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space on CD and absolutely recommend ...more
Jessica Lawlor
Jan 22, 2012 Jessica Lawlor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
*Audiobook Review*

It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella. I raved about their first book together, MY NEST ISN’T EMPTY, IT JUST HAS MORE CLOSET SPACE and I recently recapped meeting them at a signing with my mom. So getting to LISTEN to them narrate their second book together? A true treat.

I reviewed my first audiobook over the summer, and with this being my second audiobook experience, I have to say, I’m hooked! Especially now that I have a
Jan 20, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, audiobook
Mother and daughter, Lisa and Francesca, are best friends and talented writers. An enjoyable, quick read, any mother, daughter or adult struggling through life's annoying problems will discover real-life situations common to all of us discussed with a humorous twist. Both writers see the humor and irony in everyday glitches.

Pick it up, read a few pages, put it down, pick it up again when you need a smile.
Melissa Lee-tammeus
Sep 03, 2012 Melissa Lee-tammeus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
I always love reading Scottoline's essays - she is honest to a fault and so refreshing. She has trouble with dog hair, duvet covers, and pines for George Clooney. What's not to love about every woman's woman? In this installment of essays, Scottoline's daughter interjects on occasion with her own spin of the younger generation. Honestly, she writes just like her mom, just younger. Cute and a great bathtub read, which I believe would actually please the authors, especially since I ate chocolate a ...more
Angie Fehl

I've tried to read a few of Scottoline's mysteries in the past -- and I know she is well loved by many readers of that genre -- but I've always struggled getting into her books. I figured I would try this one because it was non-fiction, allowing me to see a different side to her, and I figured there might be some laughs here to share with my own mother. I don't know... the humor just struck me as pretty forced. I don't think I honestly laughed once. In fact, some parts had me really cringing and
Oct 02, 2015 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy silly read about mother and daughter. A few good laughs.
Katie Kenig
Mar 11, 2016 Katie Kenig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humour
“If I'm yelling at you, you know I love you. Because I want your chest to keep going up and down, whether you're my daughter or my mother. Or whether I'm your daughter or your mother. It's all the same emotion, which is worry. Or love!”

How did I never know about these books/columns before?

This book is the third compilations of the "Chick Wit" column that mystery author Lisa Scottoline writes with her daughter, Francesca. Now, I've read quite a few Scottoline mysteries over the years; some I've
Jan 11, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was bored out of my skull and didn't care at all about them and their lives.
Shelby Stewart
Mar 06, 2015 Shelby Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for my mom and I one mothers day to share and laugh over, and though we never talked about it, I'm happy to say that it's the first time I've seen my mom pick up a book to read some of it for fun. It makes a great 'pass the book' gift. After I read it and my mother read half of it then forgot about it, I lent it to my best friend's mom who's mother had passed away recently. It's a great gift for a woman who lost her mother, or a woman who's just becoming a mother, or any woman ...more
Dec 08, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute essays.
Mar 14, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone knows Lisa's courtroom thrillers but she is also an essayist and writes for the Philadelphia Enquirer. Once a year, she and her daughter Francesca publish a book of their essays and every year I wait patiently for the next installment. They are real life stories of mother and daughter and I cannot help but to laugh my way through them.

Growing up is not easy, whether you are the mother or daughter, but the combinations of parent/child, mother/daughter, granddaughter/grandmother, each hav
I will begin by apologizing - if you don't know the relationship that I personally have with my own mother it will be hard for me to articulate why I enjoyed this book so much. Lisa and Francesca remind me so much of my mother and myself: a single mother raising her only daughter that seem to be the best of friends now that the daughter has reached adulthood. The short stories were quick and easy to get through and were full of laughs. I felt that many of the stories hit so close to home that I ...more
May 29, 2012 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Scottoline is best known as a bestselling fiction author. What readers may not realize is that she is also a very talented humor writer. She recently completed a new book of essays called Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter. This is her third book of humor writing based on her Chick Wit column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which she writes with her daughter Francesca Serritella.

In Best Friends, Occasional Enemies, Lisa and Francesca take on pe
Dec 27, 2011 Lesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella teamed up to write the column “Chick Wit” every Sunday for The Philadelphia Inquirer, I don’t know if they expected those columns to turn into three books. Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter, is the best collection of essays so far.

If you’re a mother or a daughter, you can probably relate to some of the comments the two authors make. Lisa assures us that “Motherhood has no expiration date
I was SO excited to get this as a birthday gift from my mom in December, in fact I even put other books I was reading on hold to start it, and I wanted to love this book so much, but it just didn't work out for me. It was a struggle to finish it - it took me about 6 months, and I normally read books in 2-3 days.

I absolutely loved Lisa's first book of stories/essays, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman. I also enjoyed her second book of essays, My Nest
Kathleen Hagen
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This is another book full of the writings from their Chicklit Column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. They’re 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. This book is one tha
May 16, 2012 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was cute - observational humor essays, short ones. Most were from mom Lisa, with about a third from her daughter Francesca. I wish they had been closer to 50/50, as Lisa's essays sometimes blended together. Francesca's tended to be more serious, and the change in tone was helpful to keep my interest. I could have done with more of that. They both can be funny, although they occasionally seem to be trying a little hard. While many of the essays relate to the mother/daughter relationship ...more
I love Lisa Scottoline as a speaker and as a person...After meeting her at a signing, I've pushed myself to read 3 of her books...I don't think I like them and this makes me upset. I WANT to like them. I WANT to enjoy her quirky jokes about feminism and her self-deprecating humor.

I kind of feel like I can't though. There's something missing. Or maybe it's that there is just too much. I can't decide, but I feel that I can officially say that I gave her a shot and move on happily though begrudgin
A fun read that is loosely based around the relationship Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella. Lisa does write more of the chapters than Francesca does, but the back and forth is still amusing. I enjoyed the parts where each woman discusses Mother Mary, and even some of the chapters not directly about mothers and daughters comes across like motherly or daughterly advice. Some times it is downright silly, but I had a good time being silly with them too!
Allison Cole
Oct 18, 2015 Allison Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you decide to read the essay series, I'd recommend choosing the audio versions because the authors narrate their own essays, making the stories even funnier. If you are expecting a cerebral experience, please adjust your expectation. That is not the purpose of these essays, so don't then criticize the collections for lacking something that they were never intended to contain.
Phyllis Wright
Oct 31, 2014 Phyllis Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read a book by Lisa and her daughter Francesca, I laugh so hard I cry and/or pee my pants. I understand what it's like to be a mom to a pet/furry person with four legs and have them pass on, and I have never had my own horse, but those are the only low points in the entire large print book! I so wish more mothers and daughters were like this.
Oct 03, 2015 Cyndi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
This book is in a series written by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca. Its short chapters make it easy to read on breaks or while waiting in line somewhere. (Love Kindle, makes me so much more patient). Parts were funny and parts were not even about their relationship but I find their stories humorous for the most part.
Jul 04, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another collection of essays by mother and daughter, originally published in the "Chick Wit" column of the Philadelphia Inquirer. These are witty and enjoyable, light (but heavy on white space and one-word paragraphs, so you wonder if you're getting your money's worth.) Scottoline's crime fiction is better, but this is good for some light reading.
Mar 13, 2012 Mayda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, Francesca Serritella. They pull no punches and hold nothing back as they regale us with their observations on such things as love, marriage, and divorce; clothes: the buying and borrowing of; pets, their quirks, and their sweaters; the sneaky nature of mice; break-downs and repairs and the time betw ...more
May 11, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, enjoyable read. I loved that it was made up of essays, so it was easy to pick up and read whenever I had a few minutes instead of waiting until I had more time to devote to reading. I really enjoyed the honesty and realism that the authors wrote about. I liked it so much that halfway through I decided to purchase the book and give it to my mom for Mother's Day. I hope she enjoys it as much as I did.
Cynthia Sayer
OK as books light humor books go...but one line was tremendous.: Daughter Francesca wrote about learning from her horse "Everything about riding her was outside my comfort zone but not outside of my ability. It's in that space where growth happens".
Awesome line
Jan 12, 2015 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audio book during my commute. Lisa is very funny, entertaining to listen to. I skipped the chapters on their pets and would have liked more stories directly involving the mothers/daughter, but I did enjoy some of the essays in this book.
Kimberly V
Dec 28, 2014 Kimberly V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best Friends, Occasional Enemies is another witty compilation of vignettes from Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca. Originally written for their Chick Wit column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, each vignette is succinct and amusing. Many times I found myself laughing out loud at these all too relatable tales. Having read the two previous books in this collection, I did find some of these stories a little redundant, but nowhere near enough to deter me from enjoying the book.
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Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 23 novels, including her latest, EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES, which releases in April 2015. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled "Chick Wit" which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman's perspective.
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