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Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim (The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman #4)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  1,282 Ratings  ·  241 Reviews
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?”


Love and tomato sauce 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
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Published November 13th 2012 by Macmillan Audio (first published November 1st 2012)
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I started this right after Mom died and I was worried my own emotional baggage, re: Mothers and Daughters, would get in the way of my enjoyment. Fortunately, there was a total disconnect because the only overlapping mother/daughter experiences between them and me and my mother was the fact that there was a biological mother/daughter relationship. I was free to listen to their quippery and not feel a single heartstring pulled in regard to my own situation, which I appreciated immensely.

I enjoyed
Apr 28, 2013 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 09, 2015 Christine rated it really liked it
I have long held to the claim that even though you deny it, everyone has baggage. We carry around and cannot get rid of regardless of how hard we try and boy do we try really hard. We have childhood issues we never resolved, guilt we project very effectively, and daily insanity we just have to deal with regardless of how much we try not to.

In this story Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella both famed writers in their own right join forces to tell, the stories that have made them
Nov 19, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carolyn Amundson
Nov 26, 2012 Carolyn Amundson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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
Jan 10, 2013 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 05, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This whole series of autobiographical essays is worth reading, especially for the laughs. Many times I find myself totally relating to an essay topic and either enjoying the humor or finding it thought provoking because the essay will make me look at a situation I am in differently than I had been looking at it before. Not profound life-changing thoughts, just a lot of gee, I'm not the only one or maybe, hmm, I guess things could be worse. Overall, just a fun read and if you start with the first ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scottoline
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
Eileen W
Nov 01, 2014 Eileen W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed these short stories from Lisa and her daughter Francesca. I was already a fan of Lisa's humorous Chick Wit column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and I have seen the two of them speak at their annual book club party, where they open their house to hundreds of women and treat us to lunch. So, I can really picture them telling these stories. They are great in print and in person!
Emily Peterson
This book is charming and funny for the first several chapters. After a while, however, the forced humor of the two women becomes seriously overwrought and just plain annoying. Their stories are entertaining enough, but the voices of the two narrators are hyperactive. You can tell they're really, really trying. They try too hard, however.
Sep 29, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books, 2013
This is a really good collection of non-fiction stories told by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella. Each story explores different facets of thier relationship as it changes with age. I enjoy these stories because I am a fan of Lisa's fiction books, but they are also great for anyone who is not interested in her other books. These are two talented women that I will be following!
Apr 10, 2015 Me rated it really liked it
Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca take turns writing essays on topics ranging from long distance romances to pet fur covered furniture. There were several times that I did find myself chuckling. I read the audio version which includes an interview with both authors and adds more insight to their writing and purpose.
Feb 09, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
some cute stories
Mar 23, 2013 Nika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I always laugh with Lisa Scottoline. Yes, I'm always embarrassed to be seen with the dumb doggy cover. (Definitely a cat person)
Jun 05, 2016 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love theses two
Mar 24, 2017 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of essays originally printed in their newspaper column, this is another in an ongoing series by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Seratelli. Light,easy and humorous reading, these essays touch on many aspects of the mother/daughter relationship and the kinds of situations we all find ourselves in.
Nov 03, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's nice to hear a positive, funny twist on everyday things, from a mother-daughter team whose relationship is refreshingly open, honest and real.
Light, funny collection of essays read by the authors. Easy to dip in and out of.
Rita Pot
Another great book filled with funny stories that are so relate-able. These books just make you feel good.
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
Oct 20, 2014 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, essays
Reading this book is like eating popcorn. Once I started, I didn't want to stop. These essays lasting only 3 or 4 pages were written by bestselling author, Lisa Scottoline, and her daughter. Together they write a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper. These stories are taken from their columns. I enjoy reading Lisa's novels but was skeptical whether I would enjoy reading short essays about life in Chester County, PA or New York City. I was pleasantly surprised and will enjoy reading ano ...more
Dec 18, 2016 Nelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've recently discovered Lisa Scottoline as a writer and have thoroughly enjoyed both her fiction and non-fiction. This book is a series of essays, some by Lisa Scottoline (in her fifties) and some by her daughter, Francesca, a young woman of 25. I have identified with many of the mother/daughter interactions, as my daughter and I are around the same age as this pair.
Feb 26, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
I have read many of Lisa Scottoline's non fiction books that she has written with her daughter, which I enjoy - they are great for lounging in the tub and simply not caring for a moment or two. They are small column snippets of random thoughts - some, I must be honest, make me laugh out loud. Some, well, are just silly, and cause me to roll my eyes. I don't like Scottoline's fiction, as it is most often murder mystery stuff and her language is a bit simplistic. But that is exactly why I like her ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I wanted to love this book, partly because it's written by a mother-daughter duo, and partly because Lisa Scottoline writes a mean book.

Bottom line: It was hilarious in parts but utterly nonsensical in others. It had wonderful humour but zero continuity. Francesca has roughly 1/3 (perhaps less?) of the voice than her mother, and I found that being only a handful of years older than her, it was her writing that I related to most.

This was definitely not a flop of a book, but I expected something
Mar 08, 2015 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saw this audiobook in the "just returned" section of the library's Overdrive catalog and grabbed it for a road trip playlist. I've enjoyed Lisa Scottoline's books for years, but didn't know that she wrote a column, nor that she was collaborating with daughter Francesca. Wow, this book of essays/columns was outstanding - nothing like laughing out loud in your car on a dark highway at 6:15am!

I've recently begun attending book tour events and I love it when an author narrates their own work. That'
Apr 27, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 28 novels, including her latest, ONE PERFECT LIE, which releases in April 2017. Her previous emotional thriller, MOST WANTED, has been optioned for a TV series. Lisa also co-authors a bestselling series of humorous memoir with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, which is based on their weekly Philadelphia In ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman (10 books)
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  • My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman
  • Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter
  • Have a Nice Guilt Trip
  • Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?: True Stories and Confessions
  • I've Got Sand In All the Wrong Places
  • Truly Funny Stories Vol. 1: Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog and My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space
  • Truly Funny Stories Vol. 2: Best Friends, Occasional Enemies and Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim
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