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My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman    by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Scottoline Serritella order for
My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space
by Lisa Scottoline
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St. Martin's, 2011 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Any mystery fan will recognize Lisa Scottoline's name as a master at her craft. She writes gripping mysteries that defy solution, injecting her delicious sense of humor into the pages, and bringing hours of reading enjoyment with each of her many books.

There, however is another facet to her career – newspaper columns eagerly read once a week in the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer. Scottoline has a highly developed sense of humor which is very evident in even the title of the book I just finished – My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space. This compilation of many of her columns is well worth the read. Perusing chapter titles is sure to bring a smile to your face: Be Home by Ten, Mom; Mother Mary Becomes a Rock Star (incidentally the author calls her mother Mother Mary); Library Slut. Oh, shoot, you can read them for yourself.

Lisa and her daughter Francesca have produced a delightful book, mostly about life to be faced when the daughter goes off to college and about learning how to let go. Could the number of pets be compensation? Works for me. Francesca seems to have inherited her mother's compulsion to write, along with Lisa’s wonderful sense of humor. She also is a columnist for the Inquirer. Lisa moans that she has noticed her first gray hair. 'On my chin!' As she expounds on this subject, you may find yourself rolling on the floor with laughter. Francesca thought she was a modern woman, but 'turns out I'm a Cathy cartoon.' Mother Mary has a long list of things 'Not To Do!' that leaves little room for enjoying life.

Scottoline must be doing something right – she has 26 million copies of her books in print in thirty countries. Francesca is writing her first novel and, at present, has only one dog as opposed to her mother's menagerie. Treat yourself to some fun reading My Nest Isn't Empty .... Also consider this book for a Valentine's present for someone who might need cheering up.

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