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  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!

My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Scottoline Serritella.  St. Martin's Press, ©2010. ISBN 9780312662295 (hardcover), 256p.

Lisa Scottoline's website is

Francesca Scottoline Serritella's website is

FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, in hopes I would review it.


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Lisa sounds like my type of woman, too! I've said the same about reality shows on TV...and I always read the obits of people I didn't know.

Another book of essays! Thanks, Lesa!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Elizabeth. It's a good time of year for essays. You can pick them up and put them down easily, but you can still keep reading. (And, sports are my type of reality show.)

donna said...

I love Lisa's column. I read it every Monday morning. It is amazing that some of her talent has been passed on to her daughter too. Lisa sounds like such a fun person to have as a friend. Hope I win this one as I haven't read it as yet. Thanks for all of the great contests Lesa!

bermudaonion said...

This sounds so good and life affirming. I just love the title!

Clea Simon said...

These sound like fun and bite-sized pieces (which is good, cause I'm in the process of packing and moving after 13 years!). Thanks for letting us know about them.

Lesa said...

Isn't this a great time of year to have contests, Donna? I hope people enter and take a chance on winning a book they'll enjoy. Lisa's daughter does have a talent for writing. It certainly comes across in these books.

Lesa said...


Isn't that a great title? It's life-affirming, and woman affirming!

Lesa said...

Oh, Clea. Good luck with the packing and moving. I know how horrendous that is. I only cleaned out books this weekend, but ended up bringing 3 boxes and 7bags of books to the library. That was tough enough, without having to pack everything!

Kaye George said...

Thanks for telling me about this book. I'd love to explore this side of Lisa Scottoline. I know the murderous side and love it!

kathy d. said...

Sounds like a good and hilarious book.

Lisa Scottoline has a wicked sense of humor.

And cheers to you, Lesa, for bringing all of those books to the library. That is a lot of work to do the clearing out, packing and transporting, but it helps library readers and you. (I'm trying to find a way to get in the cats, but haven't figured out how--maybe more shelf space for them to jump onto.)

I brought two shopping carts full to my library about five years ago, and was able to make the bookshelves look much better, with pottery and small sculptures.

And it felt better, cleaner, too.

Lesa said...


This is definitely an interesting side of Lisa Scottoline. I love her relationship with her daughter. And, taking Mother Mary on book tour is funny.

Lesa said...


Here's how you get the cats in. So, I had these boxes all over the living room to pack books in, and the cats found them delightful. But, it was the box lid, not the box itself that Josh loved. He even skipped dinner that day so he could continue to lay in the box lid. Lisa Scottoline has more dogs than cats, but I'm sure she'd appreciate good cat stories.

kathy d. said...

The cats--great. Cats love boxes. Interesting Josh liked the lids.

My neighbor's cat loved a long, oblong box for awhile. He ran into the deepest end of it and then stuck his claws out to torment the dog (dachshund). She barked at him continuously, and he kept swatting at her, without emerging.

It was hilarious.

Glad your cats had fun.

Kris said...

This sounds like a fun book, thanks for bringing it to my attention. I doubt I would have given it 2nd glance if I hadn't read your review.

Lesa said...

It doesn't have a title that would jump out at you if you don't have kids, or don't care, is it, Kris? Even so, fun book.