Sharing Books and Authors, with an emphasis on Mysteries.
Monday, November 29, 2010
My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Scottoline Serritella
Lisa Scottoline is best known for her mysteries, but I love her essays. She and her daughter, Francesa Scottoline Serritella, write the "Chick Wit" column that appears on Sundays in The Philadelphia Inquirer. These essays are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but always about living life as women and family. These are essays from the heart. We're lucky when those columns are put together in a book, such as the new one, My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space.
Although I review a variety of books here, it's no secret my passion is for mysteries. So, I loved the opening essay, "A Woman At The Wheel." Lisa confesses she had a girl crush on Nancy Drew, and what woman who grew up reading mysteries didn't? And, she admires all those women who grew up to be her target audience, women of strength, wit, and hearts. Those are also the women in her family, Lisa, Francesca, and Lisa's mother, Mother Mary.
Don't think Lisa Scottoline's essays are the only funny ones in this book, though. Some of Francesca's are even funnier. Wait until you read the one about trying to get her mother ready for a date. And, her story, "Some Enchanted Evening," about the best night of her life, is magic. But, I won't steal her punch line. You have to read the story.
Lisa Scottoline is my type of woman. She reads the obits for the stories of lives. And, she complains there are no more stories on TV, just reality shows. She says, "We might have to go back to reading books." And, she grew from a child who loved books to a "Library Slut." Definitely my kind of woman.
And, even though Lisa Scottoline challenges men to be man enough to read her books, it's women who will find their lives and their hearts in this book, My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space.
And, if you'd like to share the experience of this book for yourself or as a gift, I have the chance to give away two copies of it. The contest starts today, and will end Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6 PM MT. If you'd like to enter, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your subject line should read, "Win My Nest Isn't Empty." Your message should include your mailing address. Entrants only in the U.S., please. The winners will be selected by random number generator. I'll notify the winners and the publisher will send out the books. Good luck!