My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman

Paperback | September 27, 2011

byLisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella

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The incomparable Lisa Scottoline, along with Daughter Francesca, is back with more wild and wonderful wit and wisdom.

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline struck a chord with readers, book clubs, and critics with her smash-hit essay collection, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. This time, Lisa teams up with Daughter Francesca to give their mother-daughter perspective on everything from blind dates to empty calories, as well as life with the feistiest octogenarian on the planet, Mother Mary, who won't part with her thirty-year-old bra. Three generations of women, triple the laughs---and the love.

Inspired by their weekly "Chick Wit" column for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lisa and Francesca spill all their family secrets---which will sound a lot like yours. And you'll have to put this book down, just to stop laughing.

LISA ON DIETING: I'm backsliding with carbohydrates, which is the food version of ex-sex.

FRANCESCA ON CUTTING THE CORD: I thought I said, "I am going to see my cousin's new apartment," but in Mom-speak that translates to: "I am going to meet certain death in the New York City subway tunnels that are soon to be my tomb."

LISA ON MOTHER MARY: Most people have a list of Things To Do, but Mother Mary has a list of Things Not To Do. At the top is Don't Go to the Movies. Other entries include Don't Eat Outside With The Bugs and Don't Walk All Over This Cockamamie Mall.

FRANCESCA ON BEING SINGLE: I'm addicted to the wedding announcements. Worse, I find myself subtracting my age from the bride's. I thought I was a modern woman, turns out I'm a Cathy cartoon.

LISA ON AGING GRACEFULLY: Today I noticed my first gray hair. On my chin.

And so much more!

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The incomparable Lisa Scottoline, along with Daughter Francesca, is back with more wild and wonderful wit and wisdom.New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline struck a chord with readers, book clubs, and critics with her smash-hit essay collection, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. This time, Lisa teams up with Daughter Franc...

Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author of novels including Look Again, Think Twice, Save Me and Lady Killer. She has 25 million copies of her books in print in the United States, and she has been published in twenty-five countries. She is currently serving as the President of the Mystery Write...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.64 inPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A quick, funny read! Is it just me, or is there something about short story books that just scream “vacation”? The great thing about taking a book of short stories with you when you travel is that you’re not expected to completely invest in a story. What if you start this story on an airplane and then have a week of non-stop activity? If you’re like me, you’re going to forget what was going on in the book. But with short stories, it’s easy to read a few here, a few there, with the topic changing and no storyline to follow. It’s great! I had only read one other book of Lisa Scottoline’s, but when I saw My Nest Isn’t Empty at my local drug store, I had to pick it up. First thing, I love John Grogan – the guy who wrote Marley & Me. I’ve seen the movie and read the book and know that he wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer. When reading the back of Scottoline’s book, I saw that she, too, wrote for the Inquirer. Having liked the Marley articles in the movie and enjoying Grogan’s book, I thought I’d give it a go. And hey, it was short stories! While not all of the stories in this book stuck with me, some definitely did. In fact, there was the odd story that had me laughing on the airplane. And isn’t that what the stranger sitting next to you wants to see? You laughing out loud like a lunatic? The stories I definitely loved were the ones where Scottoline talked about her dogs, or likened her next husband to BE a dog. I’m a huge animal lover and found these hilarious! I know that there’s an audio version of this book out there, read by the Scottoline’s and I really think it would be a great listen. If you’re hard-pressed to read a book, the audio version would be a great thing for the car. (By the way, another big selling point for me when I bought this novel was the baby chick on the pale blue cover. It grabbed me out of all the books in the store. Lesson learned? If you want to sell me your book, just put a baby chick on the cover. In pastels. Should work every time.)
Date published: 2012-04-10

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MY NEST ISNT EMPTY, IT JUST HAS MORE CLOSET SPACE (Chapter 1)A Woman At The WheelIt all begins with Nancy Drew.And it might end there, too.I grew up with a girl crush on Nancy Drew, and it came back to me recently, when I was organizing my books at home. I found a few of the Nancy Drew books I had as a child, among them the blue-thatched copy of The Mystery at the Ski Jump. It's even older than I am, copyrighted in 1952.My copyright is 1955.As a girl, I not only read the Nancy Drew books, I memorized them. I identified with her, although we had nothing in common. She was rich, I wasn't. She was slim, I wasn't. She had a distant father and no mother. I was close to my father, and I had Mother Mary.Who's enough mother for both of us.Nevertheless I loved her and I still do, even in my fifties. Could there be two times in a woman's life during which she feels like Nancy Drew--pre-puberty and post-menopause?Possible.But why, for me?For starters, Nancy's blond, and I'm blond in my mind.She has a dog, and I have five dogs.She drives a convertible roadster, and I drive an SUV.Well, they're both cars.Plus we both have a boyfriend. Hers is Ned Nickerson, and mine is George Clooney.Finally, we're both on our own, which enables us to have all manner of adventures. And kidding aside, that's at the heart of Nancy Drew. That she's free, and in charge of her own fate.No one is telling her what to do. No mom, dad, or hubby. No one can. She doesn't ask permission. She hops into that convertible and drives.Fast.Nancy Drew was an ordinary girl, who was extraordinary in so many ways, and because of her, I started to write novels in which ordinary women were the heroes, because we're all extraordinary in so many ways. I'm talking teachers, lawyers, journalists, at-home moms, secretaries, painters, accountants, and nurses.In other words, you and me.The novels became bestsellers, thanks to you, and the trademark Scottoline heroine is Nancy Drew with a mortgage, or how I feel on a good hair day.It seemed only natural to segue from writing about fictional extraordinary women to writing about the real extraordinary women in my life, though it's a new experience for me, in some ways. In a novel, I have 100,000 words to tell a story. In one of these vignettes, I have 700.I can barely say hello in 700 words.I'm Italian.Also, in a novel, I'm writing fiction, and here, it's real life. The characters in this book are my family and friends.Even though they're still total characters.Inside you'll meet Daughter Francesca, who writes on her own in these pages, spilling all our family secrets, like when she tells me what to wear on a blind date.Hint: Show the wares.And you'll read about Mother Mary, the feistiest octogenarian on the planet, who lives with Brother Frank in Miami. And my late father, Frank. Sadly, he has passed, but he's here, too.That's how it is when we lose our parents, or anyone we love. They're passed, but always present.As for my pals, I'm closer than ever to best friend Franca, and as you will read, I spend Christmas Day with her and Meryl Streep. And you'll meet assistant Laura, who sets me straight on having 700 people to my house for a book club party.You'll even get to know my array of two cats and five dogs, including a new puppy that makes me wonder if I'm becoming an animal hoarder.Answer: Possibly.By the way, I'm divorced twice, from Thing One and Thing Two, and they hardly appear at all in this book.Why?They're farther and farther away in my rear-view mirror. They're so small, they hardly matter anymore.This happens when we drive, and it tells you I'm moving ahead.Finally.There was a previous book about all of these people, but you don't have to read it to enjoy this one. You'll catch on soon enough. I bet because they remind you of the people in your own family.And your life.And yourself.Because I think that women are basically the same, under the hood.That's why Nancy Drew lives on.Her life is still all of our lives, as ordinary extraordinary women. Even if we have hubbies and kids and moms and dads, at bottom, we're on our own. Each of us lives her own life, at the end of the day. Each of us has her own adventures, and each of us solves her own mysteries, of all sorts.Parenthood is only one of the adventures in our lives.Childbirth is another.Love remains one of our greatest mysteries.Marriage, a mystery I have yet to solve.Nancy may find The Hidden Staircase, but we find The Hidden Calories. We may not solve The Case of the Missing Clock, but we've all solved The Case of the Missing Sock.We drive along in our girl convertibles, and we never know where the road will lead us. At every fork, we choose our way, right or left, north or south, not only for us, but for the people we love, in the backseat. We steer a way through this life, for us and our families.We have a better sense of direction than we think.Our strength, our wit, and our hearts are more powerful than anybody could ever have imagined.And even greater than we ever believed.We are, all of us, women at the wheel.Hit the gas.MY NEST ISNT EMPTY, IT JUST HAS MORE CLOSET SPACE. Copyright 2010 by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Scottoline Serritella.

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The incomparable Lisa Scottoline, along with Daughter Francesca, is back with more wild and wonderful wit and wisdom.New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline struck a chord with readers, book clubs, and critics with her smash-hit essay collection, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. This time, Lisa teams up with Daughter Francesca to give their mother-daughter perspective on everything from blind dates to empty calories, as well as life with the feistiest octogenarian on the planet, Mother Mary, who won't part with her thirty-year-old bra. Three generations of women, triple the laughs---and the love.Inspired by their weekly "Chick Wit" column for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lisa and Francesca spill all their family secrets---which will sound a lot like yours. And you'll have to put this book down, just to stop laughing.LISA ON DIETING: I'm backsliding with carbohydrates, which is the food version of ex-sex.FRANCESCA ON CUTTING THE CORD: I thought I said, "I am going to see my cousin's new apartment," but in Mom-speak that translates to: "I am going to meet certain death in the New York City subway tunnels that are soon to be my tomb."LISA ON MOTHER MARY: Most people have a list of Things To Do, but Mother Mary has a list of Things Not To Do. At the top is Don't Go to the Movies. Other entries include Don't Eat Outside With The Bugs and Don't Walk All Over This Cockamamie Mall.FRANCESCA ON BEING SINGLE: I'm addicted to the wedding announcements. Worse, I find myself subtracting my age from the bride's. I thought I was a modern woman, turns out I'm a Cathy cartoon.LISA ON AGING GRACEFULLY: Today I noticed my first gray hair. On my chin.And so much more!

Editorial Reviews

"Scottoline stirs up even more sassy fun--this time bringing her daughter, Francesca, into the mix as co-writer. A clever compilation from two generations of women reflecting on family, love, dessert, and everything in between." -Booklist"Essays that are by turns rueful, uplifting, sweet, kooky--and always amusing. A funny, uplifting read for women of any generation." -Publishers Weekly"Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca have proven themselves to be naturals at both writing and narrating humorous essay. They deliver the themes of love, strength, and family connectedness in a delightfully witty fashion. The overall feel is of a conversation with friends whose accounts of zany relatives and situations may be unique in detail but are recognizable for anyone with a family. The appeal is universal." -AudioFile"I've found the perfect daily picker-upper -- a chapter or two from My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space. Scottoline writes about whatever crosses her path but has also allowed readers a peek into her own family life. Francesca's voice is entirely her own, but she shares Lisa's ability to turn borderline TMI into memorable humor and insights. The result is one of the best double acts in the business." -Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post