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My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman Hardcover – October 26, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312662297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312662295
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Scottoline, a single mom and author of 17 New York Times bestselling novels, also writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where her "Chick Wit" column appears on Sundays and is occasionally written by her daughter Francesca. It has also served as fodder for two books, last year's Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, and this one, which contains 70 more essays that are by turns rueful, uplifting, sweet, kooky--and always amusing. Fans of her mystery and suspense fare will enjoy the opportunity for another warts-and-all peek into the author's daily life, including musings on what it's like to live (and sleep) with five dogs, an addiction to sunflower seeds, and fruitless yet hilarious attempts to communicate with her non sequitur–loving mother. Mother Mary, a spirited octogenarian, gets lots of ink, and rightly so: she's been an important role model for Scottoline and granddaughter. Francesca's writing complements her mother's, particularly in essays like "I Don't" and "Deadhead," in which the former reveals her fascination with the weddings section of the newspaper, the latter, the obituaries. Family photos add to the fun, as does the authors' focus on enjoying life, whether via the delights of a newly empty nest or remembering that, when it comes to women, "Our strength, our wit, and our hearts are more powerful than anybody ever could have imagined." It's a funny, uplifting read for women of any generation. (Nov.) (c)
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Popular mystery writer and author of Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog (2009) (an amusing collection drawn from her weekly newspaper column, “Chick Lit”), Scottoline stirs up even more sassy fun—this time bringing her daughter, Francesca, into the mix as cowriter. Building from the stories in her first collection, Scottoline teaches the art of choosing the perfect purse, how to survive deadlines (not to mention dirty dishwashers), and what to do (or not do) when visiting your adult child’s apartment. All the usual suspects are in tow, including four loyal canines, two quirky cats, and one feisty Mother Mary—with a few family photographs to boot. Echoing her mother’s wit and charm, daughter Francesca muses on the life of a twentysomething and tackles apartment decor, first dates, finding the perfect gal pal, and starting out as a single girl in New York City. A clever compilation from two generations of women reflecting on family, love, dessert, and everything in between. Here’s one for librarians to promote as book-club material (especially for girls-only clubs). --Annie McCormick

More About the Author

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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I love the mother daughter series written by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella.
Mara Eckerson
When the title was announced at our November book club meeting, I immediately judged it as being silly and frivolous.
Jayne P. Bowers
It is the first time I read a Lisa Scottoline book and I really enjoyed her charming, witty writing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Following on the heels of WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG is another humorous, honest and heartfelt look at everyday life through the eyes of bestselling author Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Scottoline Serritella. Francesca has moved to New York City, leaving Lisa alone --- except for five dogs, two cats, a pony and assorted chickens. MY NEST ISN'T EMPTY, IT JUST HAS MORE CLOSET SPACE is filled with stories of these two strong, independent women and their adventures. And, thankfully, we get to read more about that now-famous octogenarian, Mother Mary, matriarch of the Scottoline clan.

Lisa's heroine, Nancy Drew, is independent, fearless and curious, which may be why this book is about ordinary women, as she calls them, having extraordinary adventures. Mother Mary is an eighty-something petite woman who wears white lab coats and doesn't mind dispensing advice, medical (don't go swimming after eating) and otherwise. Francesca is a twenty-something, recent Harvard grad who has relocated to the Big Apple to create her own adventures. And Lisa is the fifty-something successful novelist, the center of this trio of strong-willed, seemingly ordinary women who aren't so ordinary after all.

Mother Mary, who lives in Miami with her son Frank, has a long list of What Not to Do, which includes (but is not limited to) the following: Don't go to the movies. Don't walk around the cockamamie mall. Don't eat any green vegetables unless they have been cooked beyond green. She has beaten throat cancer, loves to do crossword puzzles, and adores Frank Sinatra. Lisa thinks Mother Mary and Frank might be redneck Italians because they keep their washer and dryer outside. Frank bought his mom a Batman and Robin bedspread, but she can't sleep because there are bats all over it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on January 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Lisa Scottoline makes me laugh. Not her Rosato and Associates series, that is just plain good, but her collection of columns that she writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Be it mothers, daughters or dogs to the most delicate issue of personal pruning, Lisa and her daughter Francesca will have you laughing and amazed at how a self examined life is never dull.

This is the second book of articles after Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. These two women can take the everyday life of very funny women and have the rest of us nodding and guffawing along with them in constant amazement of how amusing our lives can be.

Pick up these books, they don't have to be read all at once, each column is unique and just enough of a tidbit to keep you laughing or thinking for the day. And once you devour these books, go to her website for a look at her new column for the week.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jfk on December 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I swear! Lisa and I would be best friends, if only.
I bought this book to be polite when at Lisa's house for her humongous book club party in September. I also ordered "Why my 3rd husband will be a dog." Again, to be polite. Both books appeared (to me) to be the same old, same old blah blah blah, cutesy tee hee read.
I'm a "night reader." Typically landing in bed about 10 and asleep by 11 - I FINALLY picked up "My Nest" a week before Christmas and finished it - sadly - Christmas eve. After laughing my way through it (I don't LOL easily) (But I surely did LOL) I started reading "Why my 3rd Husband..." equally enthusiastically. Anyway, I know I'm writing this in a scattered disjointed way - I just want to let anyone who is interested enough in this book to read its reviews to go ahead and buy this book. (See - don't I already sound like a best friend?)
Lisa's writing always has a clever, hilarious twist, and they're librally scattered throughout this book - the kind that made me say (to myself) "hey, yeah...I feel that way too!
But I digress: while reading her book and falling asleep, I found myself dreaming of what a great friends Lisa and I would be, until the dream where we argued about where to stop for coffee, and she needed her tea something or other fix at Starbucks, while I insisted on the much simpler but superior Wawa 20 oz. Columbian with Light Cream. Ah. A great friendship never meant to be I guess.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ITZME on December 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Personally, I didn't think it is as good as her previous one "Why my Third Husband.....". This one is enjoyable but didn't make me laugh out loud. Stories of Lisa, her daughter Francesca, and Mother Mary. Insights into living alone, having your daughter leave home and other stories of women and living.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maryh on July 30, 2011
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I have loved Lisa Scottoline's mystery books. I was unaware she was also essayist. She writes knowledgeably and humorously for the 50+ aged woman. Her self deprecating humor is evident in each essay. She is self-confident and self-aware. Her daughter writes some of the essays in the book. Her 20's something take on the same issues is a nice contrast to her mother's. Her comments regarding mother/daughter communication are right on target. I would also recommend Scottoline's book, "Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Letitia Hamilton on June 10, 2011
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I just have to add to all the other positive reviews that the audiobook is excellent! Lisa Scottoline reads it herself (as does Francesca), and you have to believe the author's voice adds a layer of empathy and hilarity. She's my new best friend, too!

I laughed out loud many times. And these are short, which are perfect for listening to while driving around.
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