Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim
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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 acros...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 1st 2012)
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Carolyn Amundson
I picked this up randomly in the library and just couldn't finish it. It's like one author is telling you some rambling information about her life, and then the other jumps in for a chapter to tell you some additional rambling stuff and responding to the first author's rambling tale. In this case, the two authors are a mother and a daughter. The authors say the book is funny. I had to take their word for it. Here's an excerpt:

Dogs don't have emotional baggage.
And if they did, they'd forget it at...more
This was a quick read - about mothers and daughters - luckily Lisa Scottoline is an excellent writer so it keeps you going through all the various vignettes.. it was humorous but not outrageously so... this was a good in-between book - one to read and finish before I found the next one I really wanted to read.
I just love to read the books that Lisa Scottoline writes with her daughter. They are always funny, cheerful, and honest about life, growing older, and mother-daughter relationships. I find these books as sort of a vacation without leaving home.
Loved it--especially the chapter about hands. I can still remember when my mother told me she put her arm through her sleeve one day and out came her mother's hand. I know exactly when I had the same experience.
This book of witty essays (taken mostly from the authors' column in the Philadelphia Inquirer) grew on me, although you don't get enough for your money--too much white space and one or two word paragraphs feel like padding after a while. Nevertheless, the authors (especially Lisa, the mother) have some good and sometimes spot-on insights into life as a woman. The book assumes that you've read the authors' earlier books of witty essays, so it might be best to read them in order; otherwise you may...more
Yes, I always laugh with Lisa Scottoline. Yes, I'm always embarrassed to be seen with the dumb doggy cover. (Definitely a cat person)
I enjoy listening to the audio versions of Lisa and Francesca‘s Chick Wit column. There are so many times that I can relate moments of their lives to the interactions that my daughter and I have had. I no longer have a Mother Mary in my life and never did have a Brother Frank, but I too can remember the exchanges between my mother and me and wonder how either of us had survived.

I was playing the audio version during a college tour trip with my daughter and from time to time, I could see a little...more
I became hooked on Lisa Scottoline’s Rosato & Associates novels some years ago featuring a tough-as-nails female attorney, Bennie Rosato, who starts a law firm consisting of a group of female attorneys, each of whom has her own story, as told in successive novels. Consequently, Lisa Scottoline’s name was very familiar to me when I spotted it on the cover of a book on the new-books shelf at the town library, with their name this time being coupled with that of Francisca Serritella, who turns...more
I became a Lisa Scottoline fan back in the days of her all women law firm with a mystery that just needed solving. Loved them all. Now she has entered two different areas. She is now writing some novels that are more reminiscent of Jodi Picoult in that they involve relationships and a current day topic such as bullying. The third area are the books that are compilations of the columns that she and daughter Francesca write for the Philadelphia Inquirer. This book is the fourth one that they have...more
A very quick read that is a lot of fun. Sometimes it's silly, sometimes it's sweet. I do wish that Francesca had more representation in the book, but overall I enjoyed it. I really liked hearing their differing takes on Mother Mary, Lisa's mom and Francesca's grandmother. Hearing about divorce and dating just from Lisa so often took away from the Mother-Daughter aspect of the story I think.

Still generally enjoyable though.
Nov 22, 2012 Jenny rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I have found that I cannot resist these books. I think it is because I can relate to their mother-daughter relationship and the goofy banter throughout the book. Plus they are a fun, quick read. I find myself tearing up in spots (I can't deny that PMS isn't involved) and then laughing out loud in others. Lisa Scottoline and her daughter say the things I think and feel but don't write down. I love that they can find humor in mundane life events. I appreciate that the witticism comes effortlessly...more
Lisa Scottoline is one of my favorite suspense/mystery writers, so when she started writing non-fiction, telling short stories about her life, I had to get those books too. This is the third and is co-authored by her 25 year old daughter. I listened to the audio because they read their own stories and it adds another whole dimension. They are mostly 700 word essays that run in their column in a Philadelphia newspaper. They are witty, cute, funny, honest and cover an array of topics from 9/11 mem...more
Nicole Long
For a long time I avoided non-fiction, claiming that I just didn't like it. Lisa Scottoline is one of my favorite fiction authors, and yet I avoided this one for that same reason. The other day at the library, in the large print section (I am 40 now), this book was beautifully displayed and I just couldn't resist it. I fell in love with it from almost the beginning. It was funny. Laugh out loud funny. You receive a great idea of what the relationship is like between Lisa, Daughter Francesca, Mot...more
Lisa Scottoline (and sometimes her daughter Francesca Serritella) write newspaper articles. The book is a collection of these stories. They remind us of the relationships we have with our daughters, mothers, and grandmothers and put a humorus slant on them. (make us laugh at ourselves)
many great quotes in this book..... "When in doubt, blame it on your mother." Time isn't a string with a beginning and an end.....the past is with us always, as it is in the future." "You should never look around...more
You HAVE to listen to this on audiobooks, rather than read it with your eyes, since it is read by the authors, which is how a memoir should be. The two authors-- mother and daughter, alternate telling stories of things that happen in their lives. Very funny, sometimes touching, nothing held back (well, I'm sure there are some things, but not much), and they make you feel like you are part of their lives. The only complaint was that sometimes they repeated stories from their past memoirs (this is...more
Michael Pyle
This book is NOT your typical Lisa Scottoline. I have read about everything she's written, and taken classes from her.

This is a fun romp through a discourse between a fifty something mom and her twenty something daughter, sometimes bringing into the picture Lisa's mother.

She wrote this story with her daughter, Francesca Scottoline Serritella. Well, it's not really a story. It's a group of little vignettes, some written from Mom's point of view, and some from daughter's point of view. It's light...more
This is the first book I've read by this author and only found it afterwards that she's the author to numerous murder-suspense mystery type books. So I guess a memoir of this kind is a definite departure from what she usually writes. Either way, the book is entertaining at first but somewhere after the the midway point, I started getting tired of the disconnected vignettes and I felt the humor was being forced. It felt like the author was trying too hard to talk about any random subject and make...more
T.M. Carper
I love these books. I laugh, I cry, and I relate to the stories and those envolved.
To add this to my "read" shelf is a bit of an overstatement. I actually only read about 1/3 of it, but I don't have any intention of finishing. I have liked other books that accomplish what this book is trying to achieve (Bossypants by Tina Fey, everything by David Sedaris). However, this book just doesn't achieve it. It felt very much like a compilation that was thrown together because there was a deadline. I listened to the book on Audible and was not fond of the narration either. Francesca in...more
Kathleen Hagen
Meet me at Emotional Baggage Claim, by Lisa Scottoline, and Francesca Serratella, narrated by the authors, produced by Macmillan Audio, downloaded from

This is another collection of the mother-daughter columns from the Philadelphia Inquirer. They are humorous and poignant at the same time. They both read their columns very entertainingly. Lisa does her mother, whom she refers to as “Mother Mary” very well. This mother and daughter are really each other’s best friends. Lisa being abou...more
I bought this book based on its clever title. The back and forth column or essay offerings written by Mom, Lisa, and daughter, Francesca, are pithy and occasionally hit an emotional chord. The emotion mostly comes from the aging concerns of Lisa and her mother who she refers to as Mother Mary. The rest are just the usual clever retelling of the foibles of everyday living.

I had to alternate reading this volume with a heavy non fiction tome I've been plodding through. It entertains but I think I...more
More from that wacky mother/daughter/daughter family of writers and victims of over-familiarity.

Yes, parts are amusing; parts are touching; parts are just annoying. How much do you really want to know about excess gas among these ladies and their pets.

Do you really want to know Lisa sleeps with 4-5 dogs and 2 cats and wonders about waking up with ticks...repeatedly/

The first of these memoirs was hilarious. The second less so. Now for 3 and 4, I would suggest a return to mysteries. Oh, wait, ther...more
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A 2013 staff nonfiction favorite recommended by Heather, who writes, "Once more, this delightful mother and daughter team present a funny and charming collection of essays, featuring their every day adventures in life and love. Each writes with a warm and welcoming voice, as if you were sitting down for coffee with a good friend and sharing stories. Truly a treat to read!''

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Rachel Sides
I'm the same age as Lisa Scottoline and have a daughter the same age as her daughter Francesca Serritella and have a mother the same age as Mother Mary. I can relate to her stories on so many levels, minus the pets. I can't imagine sleeping with 2 dogs (not Thing 1 and Thing 2, but real dogs). I love the stories and recommend the audiobooks because they are read by the authors. I feel like Lisa and I are friends because I know so much about her, and she seems to know me even though we've never m...more
Adelina Esquibel
This book was my introduction to Lisa Scottoline and I fell in love with her. Her observational humor essay style reminds me of Erma Bombeck with a distinctly modern twist. Been eating her books up like candy. The titles of her non-fiction are humorous grab me off the shelf attention getters.
I am a Scottoline fan, and always enjoy her slant on the most common of subjects that are just plain life. Her exchanges between mother/daughter, whether her and daughter Francesca, or her and Mother Mary always make me laugh, I even tell my BFF's they must read especially after a not so pleasant exchange one may share within one's own family! Finding the humor within the family dynamic helps to survive it! This book is not great literature, its just cozy, like a phone call from a friend.
Joanne Kilroy
I love reading Chick Wit, the column written by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca. I thought I'd read them all but there was much in this book I'd not read before. I was especially amused by the chapter about Philly Magazine choosing Lisa as Philly's worst columnist. What do they know? They're probably jealous of her success as a novelist. I loved the various takes on mother-daughter relationships, which any mother or daughter can appreciate. An excellent and entertaining read.
Another nice selection of vignettes from the lives of mother/daughter duo Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. This is a great book to carry with you and check in with over the space of a few weeks. I never want to see these books come to an end. If I were more enterprising, I could probably check out an online version of their Chick Wit column every week. But I don't, preferring to wait for the cream of the crop. I enjoy hearing about their everyday lives, the dogs, Mother Mary.
More of Lisa and Francesca's columns, which you either like or think are annoying. Most I like, some I think are annoying. Francesca is really developing as a writer. There are less cranky Mother Mary stories, which is actually good, despite how funny she is in the Sh*t My Dad Says vein. I like Lisa's novels better, but these aren't so bad.
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