Synopses & Reviews
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. Theyre number one on each others speed dial and they tell each other everything—well, almost everything. They share shoes and clothes—except one very special green jacket, which almost caused a catfight.
In other words, theyre just like every mother and daughter in the world. Best friends, and occasional enemies. Now theyre dishing about it all—their lives, their relationship, and their carb count.
Inspired by their weekly column, “Chick Wit” for The Philadelphia Inquirer, this book is one youll have to put down—just to stop laughing.
Lisa on Being a Mom - Motherhood has no expiration date. Francesca lives in the city, and I worry about her all the time. My daughter moved out, so why am I still lactating?
Francesca on Being a Daughter - My mother is always right. Just ask her.
Lisa on Things Every Daughter Should Know - Your mother is always thinking about you, but thats not creepy. Your mother will never forget who did you dirty in the sixth grade, for which you can thank her. And your mother will never stop asking you if you need to go to the bathroom, before you leave the house. Well, do you?
Francesca on Closet Wars - My mom is a great dresser. Mostly because shes wearing my clothes.
Lisa on Aging Gracefully - My sex drive is in reverse, I have more whiskers than my cat, and my estrogen replacement is tequila.
Francesca on Apartment Living - When I saw a mouse, the first person I called was Mom. She told me to call my super, but I felt bad bothering him. I hate to bother people. But I love to bother my mother.
“Authors Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella again demonstrate their talents as comedic narrators with the delivery of this collection of essays that explore the lighter side of mothers and daughters. Lisas slightly scratchy, distinctively accented voice, with its hint of barely suppressed laughter, is the perfect vehicle for her droll observations on her overlapping roles as child and parent. Francescas younger, smoother tones manage to convey both an eye-rolling tolerance of the older generation and the genuine affection and respect of a devoted daughter. Neither woman takes herself too seriously in either the writing or the narration of this wry look at life. The warmth and humor that underscore the presentation show they had fun with this, and so will the listener.” - AudioFile Magazine, Best Voices of 2011
“Best Friends, Occasional Enemies was a cute, quirky audiobook. This was an easy listen and quite humorous.” - Audiobook Fans
“Feels like one big gabfest with your best girlfriends, whatever their age. The tell-all twosome have yet again opened their hearts and homes, cooking up a huge helping of laughs, sprinkled with a few tears and a dash of motherly love—and it all goes down deliciously.”
— Booklist “[A] witty and sweet return to the ins and outs of life in this sometimes kooky, always smart and funny, family.“
— Publishers Weekly "Black-and-white family photographs lend a homey feel to the experience, which culminates in a reminder to mothers and daughters that friendship between them can last a lifetime. A treat for fans of observational humor."— Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
LISA SCOTTOLINE is the New York Times bestselling and Edgar-Award winning author of eighteen novels. She has 25 million copies of her books in print in the United States, and she has been published in twenty-five countries. She is currently serving as the President of the Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Philadelphia with an array of disobedient pets.
FRANCESCA SCOTTOLINE SERRITELLA graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, the Le Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize, and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for her creative writing. She is working on a novel, and she lives in New York with only one dog, so far.