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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 ev
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Hardcover, Large Print, 365 pages
Published November 2nd 2011 by Thorndike Press (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
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: humor, 2017, essays
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: 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
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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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Nancy
Mar 14, 2012 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
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Kate
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After hearing Lisa live, the book seemed too polished!
Jennifer
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
Beth
May 29, 2012 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
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Mayda
Mar 05, 2012 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
Vilo
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lot of fun--quick essays by a mother and daughter who are both writers about their relationship and family and life in general. (Dog lovers, especially, will like it). Some essays are more memorable than others, but the extra good ones are really, really good and the other ones are good. In one of my favorites the daughter, Francesca, says that one dog did not make her realize what a mother's life is like--that took three dogs. It will make you feel better about yourself as a person, a ...more
Maria
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
admittedly I was a bit disappointed it really wasn't what I expected but it was a perfectly lovely collection of short essays.Cute and charming but nothing really all that gripping.I found I kept putting of finishing it till I had one day left to return it and forced myself finish it quickly which wasn't hard to do but again I doubt I would have finished it without the deadline.
If you enjoy the authors previous books and unique writing style then I see no reason you wouldn't enjoy this.On a last
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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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The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman
  • My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman
  • Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim
  • 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
  • I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool
  • 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
  • Truly Funny Stories Vol. 3: Have a Nice Guilt Trip and Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?
“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?” 6 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.” 3 likes
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