One of the highlights of my summer commuting hours is the annual collection of essays (most originated as newspaper columns) by mother-daughter duo, Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. I always say listening to the audio book of their annual collection is like a gal-pal road trip. This year’s collection, subtitled True Stories and Confessions, lives up to that reputation. Lisa writes of growing older and leaving menopause behind while Francesca writes of the Millenial life in New York City. They are animal lovers, food lovers and devoted and loyal to their friends and fans. And, they seem to have created their own literary genre–“chick wit.” Gotta love that!
I’m never sure which of Lisa’s essays I like best–aging? Dog stories? Memories of her wonderful Mother Mary? (Amazing that MM was one of 19 kids!) Food essays? In this volume the hands-down winner of the Best in Show ribbon was Hagdom or, as she titled it: The Case of the Missing Eyebrows. You can read it HERE in its original home, the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Just as I teared up learning of Mother Mary’s passing a few years back, learning that Ruby the cart-bound corgi (think dog wheelchair) had finally passed made me pull off at an exit and get myself back together before I continued in rush hour traffic. Lisa has my vote for doggie-Mommy of the year and then some for her devoted care of Ruby.
I have the same struggle picking my favorite of daughter Francesca’s stories. I love the college memories, the dating stories, life with her wonderful dog Pip–all of it. Just plain all of it. There was not a “meh” story in this volume.
If you’re short on girls nights out, wish you had a BFF to go shopping with, need or miss your Mom/daughter, then just go get this on audio. If you just enjoy stories about real life, lived by real people, then this collection is also for you.
Personally, I think Lisa Scottoline needs to write a volume of Mother Mary Christmas Stories, but I hope she puts a glossary for those of us who aren’t from South Philly and still cannot make the word “gravy” mean Italian tomato sauce! I’d love to hear about Christmases with 18 aunts and uncles and umpteen cousins that did not include Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar!
You can read my reviews of their previous books here: