Monday, December 17, 2012

Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

Once again the mother-daughter team of LIsa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella team up, collecting pieces from their newspaper column, "Chick Wit", for their new book, Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim. Whether they're talking about aging parents, pets, dating, or mother-daughter relationships, they welcome us into the secrets of their lives.

By now, though, for many of us, these two women have few secrets. We've read the stories about Mother Mary, Lisa's brother, Frank, her ex-husbands, Thing One and Thing Two. But, it's the little things that make up life, and neither woman hesitates to share all those little things. And, in some of the pieces, we recognize ourselves. Any of us who sit or sleep with our cats and dogs will see ourselves in "Doggie Universe". Of course, we're not going to want to disturb the cat or dog by moving from the bed, or getting up from the chair.

Some of the seasonal pieces are about love. In "Lisa Hits the Eggnog", Scottoline reflects on gift-giving and the season. And, she admits it's hard to give a gift to Mother Mary, or any mother, in "You Can Never Buy a Gift for a Mother." Francesca's piece, "Grandmother Whisperer", shows that it sometimes takes wisdom from the youngest generation to find common ground.

Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim is, in the final summation, a book about mothers and daughters. That means it's about about family and about that unbreakable bond. Scottoline and Serritella discuss their family, and their relationship, different from everyone else's, but in so many ways, the same. Once again, they reflect the funny and loving side of family.

Lisa Scottoline's website is

Francesca Serritella's website is

Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. St. Martin's Press. 2012. ISBN 9780312640088 (hardcover), 259p.

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Ingrid King said...

I love all of Lisa Scottoline's books, and have particularly enjoyed this series of collaborations with her daughter. I can't wait to read this one.

Lesa said...

These essays are my favorite of her books, Ingrid.