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Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter Hardcover – November 22, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312651635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312651633
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“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. 


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Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels including her most recent, THINK TWICE, and also writes a weekly column, called Chick Wit, for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has won many honors and awards, notably the Edgar Award, given for excellence in crime fiction, and the Fun Fearless Female Award from Cosmopolitan Magazine. She also teaches a course she created, called Justice and Fiction at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and regularly does speaking engagements. There are twenty-five million copies of her books in print, and she is published in over thirty other countries.Lisa graduated magna cum laude in three years from the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.A. degree in English, and her concentration was Contemporary American Fiction, taught by Philip Roth and others. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She remains a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area, where she lives with her array of disobedient pets.

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This book was like looking in on my daughter and I, very funny and warm.
key
I admit I enjoy her much more than her daughter's readings, maybe with age she will be as great as her Mom.
susanne
I have read many of Lisa's books & always read her column in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Meredith Miller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cat on November 29, 2011
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I own the previous two books of Lisa's "adventures", and now this one, and all have been delightful reads. If you are a fan of Lisa's Sunday newspaper column, you know what I mean. Lisa, and Francesca, write about the things that happen to most women but we are embarrassed or reluctant to talk about. Not so Lisa and daughter...and in doing so, they make us feel that they're okay and we're okay just as we are, flaws, mistakes and everything in between. The book also contains some poignant stories that will tug at your heartstrings because we can all relate, such as losing a beloved pet. No matter what your age, you will enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on March 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 have their insights and pitfalls. Lisa appears to be the meat that holds these sandwiches together and her humorous insight is bother endearing and laugh aloud funny.

I love checking in with this mother daughter team to relive what I have already been through or to prepare for the future challenges that I know I will face with an adult child. I would not say that Francesca is dependent on her mother, more along the lines that Lisa is dependent on her mature responsible child to help her through the normal tasks that come up - like reading boxes and ingredients or when to call the vet or tree trimming company.

This book takes on serious issues too, but in a humorous way. Life is challenging and if you are lucky enough to have a loving family that accepts your foibles, then you are all the better off because of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StanLi on March 20, 2014
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same as the new book, really love it.
very pleasant when received this.
good price, good quality
I like this shop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on May 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
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 even enjoyed her second book of essays, My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman. I'm not sure why this one didn't do it for me. I think part of it is that I don't enjoy her daughter's writing at all. I'm so sorry Lisa, I know you love her greatly and that she is your pride and joy, and I am sure she is a wonderful person, but I just don't find her stories interesting or funny. I think the other reason I didn't enjoy this book was because the whole thing had this aww shucks/gee golly gosh type of feel to it as far as humor goes. Her other books, for me, were laugh at loud funny stories about the things women go through.

I also wonder if it is me, and maybe I need to go back and reread the first one again, and if I don't find it funny this time, I will know it's just me. Or maybe she used all of her funny up in the first 2 books? Like how sometimes an original movie is a great movie, but the sequel isn't so good?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Calen on January 19, 2012
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Lisa Scottoline is just hilarious, plain and simple. If you enjoy reading newspaper columns, this is a book for you.

She and her daughter Francesca tell a mother and daughter relationship like it is. All mothers and daughters will enjoy this read.

Pick up this book, and Lisa's other book of columns as well.
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By N. A. P. Coker on February 4, 2014
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I love this book - it is so real and so funny!! Lisa and Francesca say what we are all thinking. Mother Mary and Brother Frank are also part of the fun. I hope they continue to produce these fun reads!!
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I love the mother daughter series written by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. It is an easy enjoyable read and makes you laugh out loud. They welcome you in as if you are sitting around the table telling stories with them. Highly recommend this entire series and Best Friends, Occasional Enemies did not disappoint! Makes you feel good reading it and find the humor in little things in life.
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By susanne on November 4, 2013
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I love the humor of L Scottoline in all her books and this copulation does not disappoint. I admit I enjoy her much more than her daughter's readings, maybe with age she will be as great as her Mom. Love her takes how women never throw away their bras lol and many more trials and tales of being a woman in this century.
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