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Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

St. Martin's Griffin

“A warm, lively collection of narrative vignettes chronicling the day-to-day relationship of two women who also happen to be part of a successful mother-daughter writing team.” —Kirkus Reviews

Love and guilt are thick in the Scottoline/Serritella household, and Lisa and Francesca’s mother-daughter-turned-best-friends bond will strike a familiar note to many. But now that Lisa is a suburban empty-nester and Francesca is an independent twenty-something in the big city, they have to learn how to stay close while living apart. How does a mother’s love translate across state lines and over any semblance of personal boundaries? You’ll laugh out loud as they face-off over the proper technique for packing dishes, the importance of bringing a coat in the summertime, and the dos and don’ts of dating at any age. Add feisty octogenarian Mother Mary to the mix, and you have a Molotov cocktail of estrogen, opinions, and fun. 

The stories in Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim will make you laugh, cry, and call your mother, daughter, and all your girlfriends.
“A warm, lively collection of narrative vignettes chronicling the day-to-day relationship of two women who also happen to be part of a successful mother-daughter writing team.” —Kirkus Reviews

Love and guilt are thick in the Scottoline/Serritella household, and Lisa and Francesca’s mother-daughter-turned-best-friends bond will strike a familiar note to many. But now that Lisa is a suburban empty-nester and Francesca is an independent twenty-something in the big city, they have to learn how to stay close while living apart. How does a mother’s love translate across state lines and over any semblance of personal boundaries? You’ll laugh out loud as they face-off over the proper technique for packing dishes, the importance of bringing a coat in the summertime, and the dos and don’ts of dating at any age. Add feisty octogenarian Mother Mary to the mix, and you have a Molotov cocktail of estrogen, opinions, and fun. 

The stories in Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim will make you laugh, cry, and call your mother, daughter, and all your girlfriends.

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Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim
By Lisa
 

I was just talking with a friend of mine, who says she has to nag her kids every time they leave for a trip. She nags them to pack their bags, to get ready on time, and to not forget their sneakers. She feels bad for nagging them, and all of it takes me back to when Daughter Francesca was ten years old and we had one of the best fights of our life.
And yes, you can have a good fight with your daughter.
If you’ve read me before, you know that I think fighting is healthy and normal, and a good fight is when you learn something
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REVIEWS

Praise for Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

Praise for Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

"Readers can count on an ab-toning laugh session, a silly giggle, a sympathetic sigh, and a lump in the throat as life’s moments are rehashed through the keen eyes and wits of this lovable mother-daughter duo." —Booklist on Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

"Essays that are fun to read, share, and ponder." —Publishers Weekly on Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

"Despite all the "emotional baggage" they carry (and fearlessly claim), however, their faith in and commitment to each other remains unshaken because, writes Scottoline, "that's love"...Erma Bombeck for mothers and daughters, with a zesty Italian twist." —Kirkus Reviews on Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

"Feels like one big gabfest with your best girlfriends, whatever their age." —Booklist on Best Friends, Occasional Enemies

"[A] witty and sweet return to the ins and outs of life in the sometimes kooky, always smart and funny, family."
Publishers Weekly on Best Friends, Occasional Enemies  

"A clever compilation from two generations of women reflecting on family, love, dessert, and everything in between."—Booklist on My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space

"Rueful, uplifting, sweet, kooky—and always amusing."
Publishers Weekly on My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space  

"Delightfully witty." —AudioFile on My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space

"One of the best double acts in the business." —Connecticut Post on My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space  

"Shrewd, tart, sensitive and hard to resist." —Kirkus Reviews on Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog

"The perfect present for moms, grandmas, and aunts." —Cosmopolitan on Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog

"Scottoline savors every last bit of her life, and so will you."  People on Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog

Praise for Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

"Readers can count on an ab-toning laugh session, a silly giggle, a sympathetic sigh, and a lump in the throat as life’s moments are rehashed through the keen eyes and wits of this lovable mother-daughter duo." —Booklist on Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

"Essays that are fun to read, share, and ponder." —Publishers Weekly on Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

"Despite all the "emotional baggage" they carry (and fearlessly claim), however, their faith in and commitment to each other remains unshaken because, writes Scottoline, "that's love"...Erma Bombeck for mothers and daughters, with a zesty Italian twist." —Kirkus Reviews on Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

"Feels like one big gabfest with your best girlfriends, whatever their age." —Booklist on Best Friends, Occasional Enemies

"[A] witty and sweet return to the ins and outs of life in the sometimes kooky, always smart and funny, family."
Publishers Weekly on Best Friends, Occasional Enemies  

"A clever compilation from two generations of women reflecting on family, love, dessert, and everything in between."—Booklist on My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space

"Rueful, uplifting, sweet, kooky—and always amusing."
Publishers Weekly on My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space  

"Delightfully witty." —AudioFile on My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space

"One of the best double acts in the business." —Connecticut Post on My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space  

"Shrewd, tart, sensitive and hard to resist." —Kirkus Reviews on Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog

"The perfect present for moms, grandmas, and aunts." —Cosmopolitan on Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog

"Scottoline savors every last bit of her life, and so will you."  People on Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog

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Kirkus | MEET ME AT EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE CLAIM by Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella
A warm, lively collection of narrative vignettes chronicling the day-to-day relationship of two women who also happen to be part of a successful mother-daughter writing team.
- Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

  • LISA SCOTTOLINE is a New York Times bestselling and Edgar-Award winning author of twenty-one novels. She has served as the president of Mystery Writers of America, and her recent novel Look Again has been optioned for a feature film. She is a weekly columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and her columns have been collected in four books and optioned for television. She has 25 million copies of her books in print in the United States, and she has been published in thirty countries. She lives in Philadelphia with an array of disobedient pets.

    FRANCESCA SCOTTOLINE SERRITELLA graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, the Le Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize, and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for her creative writing. She is working on a novel, and she lives in New York with only one dog, so far.

  • Lisa Scottoline © Deborah Feingold
    Lisa Scottoline
  • Francesca Serritella ©April Narby
    Francesca Serritella
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