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Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter (The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman #3)

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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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Rachel Sides
Jul 10, 2012 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
Ruth
Feb 05, 2012 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
Delores
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a funny and entertaining look at mother-daughter relationships. I could relate so much in my being a daughter, not a mother, yet. The humour was great and the stories delightful. They may be famous authors, but they seemed really down to earth here. I'm glad I read this.
Jessica Lawlor
Nov 20, 2011 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
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Lisa
Jan 11, 2012 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.
Debbie
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
These books by Lisa Scottoline are just plain fun and a joy to read.
Orla Hegarty
Ugh. Gave it 25 pages. This is pure bilge.
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Sep 03, 2012 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
Christine
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, memoir
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.
Beverly
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy silly read about mother and daughter. A few good laughs.
Lisa
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute essays.
Haley
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't blown away by this collection of essays. But it grew on me over time. Authors Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, each narrate their own chapters. Their narration style comes up just short of feeling natural, and honestly, the stories themselves also seem to stop short. Each anecdote ended right when I thought we were about to get to the point, and then I was stuck pausing and considering "oh, I guess that WAS the point." This bothered me at first, but I soon came to ...more
Laurie Niestrath
This is my first encounter with Scottoline. The essays are short (800 words) and humorous. The authors are a mother/daughter team of writer's reflecting on the ordinary components of their lives. There's more written by Lisa the mother than Francesca, the daughter. In subsequent works, I'd enjoy hearing more of the daughter's voice.

Another lawyer turn writer.
Michele
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Listened to the audio version. It was good for a few giggles. A gathering of short vignettes read by mother (Lisa) and daughter (Francesca). If you are a mother, a daughter, or both you'll get some smiles and even a few giggles from at least a few of the stories.
Karen
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I do love this series. I feel as though these two ladies are my neighbors.
I want to call them up and chat about "whatever".
I laugh out loud as they tell their stories.
Far better in audio than reading it.. although it would be pretty funny and touching also.
Tracy
Feb 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I laughed out loud a couple times reading this collection, but most of the book felt trite to me. Just too cutesy too often.
Delores
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, but with some sharp , on point commentary on being an older woman.
Marianne
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really just love these collections of the everyday stories of this mother and daughter writing team. So many of the stories ring true for me as my mother's daughter!
Christian Stewart
Cute collection of mother/daughter stories.
Kelly
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love these Mother/Daughter Essays! One of my favorite quotes by Daughter "Failure is an event, not a definition."
Julie
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always listen to these mother/daughter books - each author sounds just like you expect and their voices add so much to the words. Very enjoyable! I'm waiting for the next one!
Janet
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, essays, humor
Fun
Christy Meyer
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these funny little stories by Lisa and her daughter.
Katie Kenig
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, non-fiction
“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
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Rachel
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
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Valerie
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-challenge
Always enjoy this author.
Megan
May 16, 2012 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
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
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Kathleen Hagen
Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: the Lighter Side of Mother-Daughter Relationships, by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Scottoline Serritella, Narrated by the authors, Produced by Macmillan Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

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
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Lesa
Dec 27, 2011 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
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Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 30 novels, including her #1 bestselling, AFTER ANNA. 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. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, h ...more
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“But I hate socks.' I do, especially sleeping in them. They always come half-off in the middle of the night, and why? What kind of inferior clothing item falls off of you when you're lying still?” 7 likes
“...you believed in yourself. Not everyone will like you. Some people just want to take swipes at you. You need to trust yourself enough to ignore them.” 4 likes
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