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Best-selling, Edgar Award-winning legal-thriller author and suburban empty-nester Scottoline and her Harvard grad, writing-prize-winner daughter, Serritella, write a column, Chick Wit in the Philadelphia Inquirer. They now return to the kitchen to dish up another delicious mix of family and friendship cooked to perfection, as they did in their previous collaborations, My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space (2010) and Best Friends, Occasional Enemies (2011). Building off their laugh-out-loud success, these sassy single gals share the tumultuous terrain of the dating world, the impossibility of finding a good delivery man or a reliable snowblower, and the joys of owning a dog (or five). No subject is off-limits here, as Scottoline and Serritella include relevant quips for women from 18 to 82. With the title serving as a surefire indicator, 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.--McCormick, Annie Copyright 2010 Booklist
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The witty and warm mother-daughter team are back with their third collection of "Chick Wit" columns they write for the Philadelphia Inquirer. New York Times bestselling author Lisa is the 56-year-old single mom of Francesca, a 25-year-old aspiring novelist and new resident of New York City. They work to establish boundaries and maintain a lifelong connection as Lisa settles into her Philadelphia-area empty nest (well, except for dogs, cats, chickens, and an errant fawn) and Francesca ventures out into the big city (complete with, alas, a frequent flasher). As always, Lisa and Francesca write about (grand-) Mother Mary with admiration, occasional frustration, and love. There's a lot of love in this book; readers who have affectionate families will feel at home, and those who don't will enjoy these relatives who are also friends. As in their previous books, the women muse on dating, aging, and carbs; the vagaries of home improvements, swimming, and online shopping are also addressed. Francesca's contributions are, like her mother's, by turns funny and poignant; "I Love You, Man," about bro-ing out with mom (over action movies, gross-out comedy, and sports) is a hoot, and "Grandmother Whisperer," wherein she brokers communication between the generations, is sweet and wise. Family photos round out this delightful collection of essays that are fun to read, share, and ponder. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.