Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review - Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter

Title: Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter
Authors: Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (November 22, 2011)
Format: Hardcover and Audio
Genre: Mother Daughter Relationships
Source: Library

Everyone knows Lisa's courtroom thrillers but she is also an essayist and writes for the Philadelphia Enquirer. Once a year, she and her daughter Francesca publish a book of their essays and every year I wait patiently for the next installment. They are real life stories of mother and daughter and I cannot help but to laugh my way through them.

Growing up is not easy, whether you are the mother or daughter, but the combinations of parent/child, mother/daughter, granddaughter/grandmother, each have their insights and pitfalls. Lisa appears to be the meat that holds these sandwiches together and her humorous insight is bother endearing and laugh aloud funny.

I love checking in with this mother daughter team to relive what I have already been through or to prepare for the future challenges that I know I will face with an adult child. I would not say that Francesca is dependent on her mother, more along the lines that Lisa is dependent on her mature responsible child to help her through the normal tasks that come up – like reading boxes and ingredients or when to call the vet or tree trimming company.

This book takes on serious issues too, but in a humorous way. Life is challenging and if you are lucky enough to have a loving family that accepts your foibles, then you are all the better off because of it.

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