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Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

(The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman #4)

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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,848 ratings  ·  300 reviews
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, 262 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 1st 2012)
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Cammie
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lisa's and Francesca's memoir-esque essays are so fun! They feel like a group of friends sitting around with a bottle of wine and Italian food (of course!) talking about life and love (men and dating) and family (mothers and daughters) and pets and writing and just about everything in between.
In so many of these essays, I find myself nodding my head in agreement or recognition, and I am definitely laughing out loud!
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Dawn
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Erica
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
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Jenny
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Christine
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carolyn Amundson
Nov 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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Sue
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Emily Peterson
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Debbie
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always have a number of laughs and a few tears with Lisa Scottoline. These books are quick and fun reads, and I would really like to get a cup of coffee with here and let our dogs play together.
Jane
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this my first time trying out Lisa and Francesca's non fiction books and I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its "laugh out loud" moments.

In addition, after trying audio books many years ago with no success, I tried this book via audio when I started walking again during the pandemic. The short essays kept my attention and this time, SUCCESS with an audio book so thanks for that!
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Notserp2002
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
wonderful little essays by these two.. it had me laughing often.
Lisa
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Laura
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Eileen W
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Cheryl
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: girl-power, lol, audio
I have to give this 5 stars since I listened to the audiobook twice in a 3 day period and still laughed out loud. I will pass this copy on to a friend and I will look for other books by this mother-daughter duo, plus I will try reading more of Lisa's mysteries. To future readers, enjoy the home-decorating errors, the family squabbles, and the hazards of life with dogs. If you don't literally LOL at least twice, seek emergency treatment. ...more
Andrea
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Me
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jeanne
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Katie
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Heidi Boyd
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Hoping for some fluff but hit fluff overload. A compilation of Scottoline and her daughter's newspaper columns compiled into a book. The chapter on dog ticks had me laughing out loud. Some touching pieces on mother daughter relationships, I could've passed on the rest. ...more
Nika
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Yes, I always laugh with Lisa Scottoline. Yes, I'm always embarrassed to be seen with the dumb doggy cover. (Definitely a cat person) ...more
Sarah
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were a few humorous parts, but overall this felt forced and annoying.
Amy
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is tough... 4 stars or 5? 4.5? 4.8!

I have a mother, and I have daughters (3!) so this book really cracked me up! I found it to be honest, as in TMI but in a funny way. A way that I as an older woman, with older hands, laughed out loud in appreciation of.

I would recommend this book to mothers, mothers who have mothers, and mothers who have daughters. Additionally I think daughters who have mothers, daughters who have grandmothers would also appreciate the humor within.

I had seen one of Li
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Donna
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
These books are like a box of chocolates... you are kidding yourself if you think you can have just one. It all started when I read Ghosts of Harvard, written by the daughter Francesca. It’s her first novel, and it has some hiccups, however, I could not put it down. That turned out to be the gateway drug into the writing team that is a world famous author (the mother Lisa Scottoline) and the daughter writing these hilarious little books of essays, each in their own voice. I’m reading them comple ...more
Debra Jeakins
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a huge mystery/suspense fan of Lisa Scottoline but have never read any of her other books until now. Lisa , along with her daughter Francesca Serritella give to us humble readers, MEET ME AT EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE CLAIM . Lisa,Francesca and their hoards of dogs and cats let us laugh out loud at their daily lives.
Meet Mother Mary,Lisa's mother who after two strokes and throat cancer is still as funny as her daughter and gr daughter!

Not since Erma Bombeck have I laughed so hard at family
...more
Lauren Coyle
Jul 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not a fan. Got well over 2/3 done with it and had to put it away for good. I think I have read 3 chapters about the mother looking for curtains or drapes or paint color for the walls... it got very boring, very quickly. I picked this up on a whim not reading anything else by the author and it almost made me uncomfortable how often she relates to how the reader should already know from her other novels... not a fan.
Angie Jacobs
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Not as funny as I would expect but it was really enjoyable to hear about these 3 generations of females who are so close and the hope that I may have something like that with my own daughters one day. Certainly some funny stories I could relate to from all ages! Also, there were some stories about how little voice senior citizens get that really opened my eyes. I never really thought about that before.
Nicole Mckairnes
May 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book. The anecdotal stories seemed to be missing punch lines. A few times I turned the page expecting to find humor, only to find that the story had ended and a new chapter started. The "humor" seemed forced and the style didn't flow. The fact that the characters referred to each other as Mother Mary, Daughter Francesca, Brother Frank, etc. seemed weird and cultish. I stopped reaching after she talked about kissing her dogs with tongue. ...more
Diann
Dec 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio, library, dnf_18
I made it about 30% through the audio book and declared it a DNF. I found it to be random topics about a mother-daughter relationship and their own stand-up comedian takes on life. Perhaps the audio version vs. the hardcopy made it more grating? I waited 5 months for the library loan and was sorely disappointed.
Karen
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
When you need a good laugh pick up these wonderful essays the mother daughter team do weekly in the Philadelphia Inquire. Here grouped together is yet another one of their trips through their family. Mother, daughter, Grandmother and animals! Everyman stories. If you can’t relate to at least part of these stories you live in a cave.

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Lisa Scottoline is a #1 bestselling and Edgar award-winning author of 33 novels. Her books are book-club favorites, and Lisa and her daughter Francesca Serritella have hosted an annual Big Book Club Party for over a thousand readers at her Pennsylvania farm, for the past twelve years. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America, and her reviews of fiction and non-fiction have appear ...more

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