Book of the Week 11/28/11

From the Publisher: New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella are the best of friends—99.9% of the time. They’re number one on each other’s speed dial and they tell each other everything—well, almost everything. They share shoes and clothes—except one very special green jacket, which almost caused a catfight.

Mom can sometimes be our nemesis, but always the one to go to in both the best and worst of times. On both sides of the coin, whether at verbal war or propping up each other emotionally, there’s always a humorous side to all of them.

Such amusement can be found in Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter (St. Martin’s Press, 2011).

Best Friends, Occasional Enemies was difficult for me to stop reading, which was why I managed to finish it in only a few days after picking it up. A very easy read, many who read this book will identify with many of the situations outlined in its collection of essays.Though there’s no real story line or plot in Best Friends, Occasional Enemies, each individual story shines on its own.

Some of the most hilarious are Lisa battles with her elliptical and working out and Francesca’s dealing with a weird exterminator and rodents. Readers will also enjoy Mom and daughter’s discussions of each other’s respective quirks.

During the stressful holiday season, we all need a good laugh now and then, and whether for yourself or for someone on your holiday shopping list, Best Friends, Occasional Enemies would make a perfect gift.