Meet Me at Emotional Baggage

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Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

Love and tomato sauce 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 personal boundaries? You'll laugh out loud...

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Overview

Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim

Love and tomato sauce 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 personal boundaries? You'll laugh out loud as they face-off over the proper technique for packing dishes 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410454041
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 369
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Scottoline
Lisa Scottoline
For anyone who has ever read one of Lisa Scottoline’s funny, sexy, and addictively readable thrillers, it should come as no surprise that she seems to be having as much fun writing her provocative tales of intrigue as her fans have reading them.

Biography

Most authors admit that they need to work in silence in order to get into the creative process. For them, writing is serious work that requires the utmost peace and concentration. Of course, most authors are not writing the kind of whiz-bang, sharp, wild, and witty works that Lisa Scottoline is producing. Scottoline's unusual working methods and desire for all things pop culture have helped her to create some of the most unapologetically entertaining and compulsively page-turning novels in contemporary popular fiction.

Scottoline's initial impetus to become a novelist was not quite as joyful as her novels might suggest. She had recently given up her position as a litigator at a Philadelphia law firm to raise her newborn daughter at the same time as she was breaking up with her husband. While the birth of her daughter was an undoubtedly happy moment for Scottoline, she was also thrust into relative isolation in the wake of her separation and the end of her job. To keep herself busy (when not tending to her daughter, that is), she decided to write a novel, the provocative story of an ambitious young lawyer whose hectic life becomes even more manic when she learns she is being stalked. Three years after beginning the novel, Scottoline sold Everywhere That Mary Went to HarperCollins a mere week after taking a part-time job as a clerk for an appellate judge—her first job since beginning the book. While her transition from lawyer to novelist may seem abrupt to some, Scottoline asserts that it was law school that gave her the necessary tools to spin a compelling yarn. In a 2005 interview with Barnes & Noble.com, Scottoline asserted that the job of a lawyer is surprisingly similar to that of a good writer: "Take the facts that matter, throw out the ones that don't, order them in such a way in which a point of view is created so that by the time someone is finished listening to your argument or reading your book they see things completely in that point of view."

Scottoline's sure-handed way with an intriguing narrative has led to a string of bestselling thrillers and a popular series revolving around the women of Rosato & Associates, an all-female law firm in Philadelphia—the author's own beloved hometown. Jam-packed with humor, mystery, eroticism, and smarts, her novels are published worldwide and have been translated into twenty-five different languages.

Good To Know

Lisa Scottoline is definitely no TV snob. She feels no shame when revealing her love of everything from Court TV to Oprah to The Apprentice to I Love Lucy.

One of the reasons that Scottoline is such a fabulous writer may have something to do with having a particularly fabulous teacher. While studying English at the University of Pennsylvania she was instructed by National Book Award Winner Philip Roth.

Don't try this at home! Scottoline completed her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, while she and her newborn daughter lived solely on $35,000 worth of credit from five Visa cards, which she'd completely maxed out by the time she completed the book three years later.

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    1. Hometown:
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 1, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1976; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim 11

Shakespeare Was No Dummy 19

I Love You, Man 24

Motherhood Has No Expiration Date 29

Ode to Vance Packard 33

Cushy 38

Field Guide to the American Male 42

Boxers or Briefs 46

Tickle 50

iBurglars 54

Homebodies 59

Once Upon a Time 64

Moving On 68

Advertise Here 72

Insecurity Clearance 76

Fawning 80

Starry Starry Night 85

The Many Homes of Mother Mary 90

Happy Birthday 96

Aftershocked 101

Stroke, Stroke, Bail, Bail 106

The Facts of Life 111

Southern Exposure 115

Wag the Technology 119

Kicking Tuches 123

Labor Day 130

I Stink, Officially 135

You're So Vain, This Is About You 139

Shortcut Sally 147

Doggie Universe 151

Unspecial Delivery 155

There Was a Little Girl, Who Had a Little Curl 162

Final Curtain 166

Emotional Baggage 170

Willpower and Won'tpower 175

Hairy and Crazy 179

Very Personal Shopper 183

9/11, Ten Years Later 188

Gateway Paint 195

Gateway Brownie 199

Bittersweet 206

Plan C 210

Snow Job 215

Lisa Hits the Eggnog 220

You Can Never Buy a Gift for a Mother 225

And Many Happy Returns 230

Controlled Freaks 234

Dating at the Speed Limit, or the Bad News 238

Skype Appeal 243

Dating at the Speed Limit, or the Good News 249

Girl with a Pearl Earring 253

Magic Mushrooms 257

Mythical Beastie 264

Blizzard of Oz 268

Mother Mary and the MRI 272

Grandmother Whisperer 277

Feet Don't Fail Me Now 282

Slip Sliding Away 287

In Which Spunky Teaches Me About Mother Mary 291

Subtext 296

In-box of Letters 301

Spoiled 306

To Everything, There Is a Season 311

Hang-Ups 315

Nobody's Passenger 320

All We Have to Do Is Take This Lie and Make It True 325

Called to Order 330

I Am Mother Mary 335

Get Well, or Else 340

Gadget Girl 344

Jazz Hands 349

An Open Letter from an Open Heart 354

Acknowledgments 363

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