Friday, October 29, 2010

ARE YOU LISTENING? FRIDAY: MY NEST ISN'T EMPTY, IT JUST HAS MORE CLOSET SPACE AUDIO BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO
BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
"ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY"
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THIS FRIDAY'S
"ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY"
AUDIO BOOK CHOICE IS.....

GIVEAWAY ENDED
MY NEST ISN'T EMPTY,
IT JUST HAS MORE  
CLOSET SPACE
AUDIO BOOK
BY LISA SCOTTOLINE
READ BY LISA & FRANCESCA SCOTTOLINE 
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
Critics and readers loved Lisa Scottoline’s first collection of true-life stories, which only encouraged her—now she’s back with these all-new, exciting adventures. She’s farther down the road now, and the scenery has changed—ex-husbands Thing One and Thing Two are in her rear-view mirror, daughter Francesca has moved into an apartment, and Lisa’s finding the silver lining in her empty nest, which has lots more room for her shoes. And some things have stayed the same—Mother Mary is still the feistiest octogenarian on the planet, who won’t part with her recipe for tomato sauce or her thirty-year old bra.
In this book Lisa and Francesca spill all their family secrets—which sound a lot like yours, if you understand that three generations of women is the formula for spontaneous combustion. 

Inspired by her weekly column entitled, “Chick Wit” for The Philadelphia Inquirer, this is a book you’ll have to put down—just to stop laughing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
LISA SCOTTOLINE is the New York Times bestselling and Edgar-award winning author of sixteen novels. She has 25 million copies of her books in print in the United States, and she has been published in twentyfive countries. She also teaches a course called Justice & Fiction at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. She lives in Philadelphia with an array of disobedient pets. FRANCESCA SCOTTOLINE SERRITELLA graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, the Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize, and the Charles Edmond Horman Prize for her creative writing. She is working on a novel, and she lives in New York with only one dog, so far.

MY REVIEW:
Best-selling mystery author Lisa Scottoline’s newest book, MY NEST ISN’T EMPTY, IT JUST HAS MORE CLOSET SPACE for me was a real departure from her books I was used to reading like LADY KILLER or DIRTY BLONDE for instance. I had no idea until I received this audio book from the good folks at Macmillan Audio Books that Lisa also writes a weekly column in The Philadelphia Inquirer called “Chick Wit“. I checked on some of her columns and they are charming and so is this audio book. This is Lisa’s second book of this kind with her first being WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG, which I will now have to hunt up a copy of because I think this audio book was so entertaining. I could relate to so many of her topics. She has an amazing sense of humor and I think if you look at her video clips, or listen to an audio excerpt, you will know that right away.

MY NEST ISN’T EMPTY, IT JUST HAS MORE CLOSET SPACE is written and read by Lisa as well as her co-author and daughter, Francesca Scottoline. The interaction between mother and daughter is so typical and they both have their own style which results in views from both ends of the spectrum as they share family secrets. Lisa talks about everything and nothing is off-limits as far as her personal life…or Francesca’s! With Francesca having moved into her own place, Lisa voices many of the same feelings those of us with that “empty nest” can relate to, or really mothers in general. Francesca talks about riding the subway at night when going to see a friend and how she knew better than to mention it to Mom Lisa, as she would have just freaked out. Lisa’s reaction, similar to mine, is to worry about her “little girl” (age 24, I believe) on the subway alone at night being out among the degenerates and dangers plus all that entails. I know I thought of all the times I still worry about my thirty-three-year-old as if he were five!

One of my favorite parts was when Lisa talked about GRUDGES (guilty!). She didn’t sugar coat it but rather put it out there that she has grudges and believes when you have one, it should be held on to and used in every way possible. She tells about a long time grudge against a publisher who rejected her writing early on in her career and basically told her she shouldn’t be a writer. Well, Lisa goes on about how every time she sees this man, her blood boils and she always wants to throw it in his face…like “it” maybe being one of her many bestsellers that weighs a good bit! She finally takes the step and goes over to talk to him at a function and details the walk across the room in a sympathetic and remorseful sounding voice. She describes the wrinkles and what must be cataract scarred eyes, shaking hands and feeling the arthritic knuckles sticking out. Her compassionate tone leads you to believe, she is going to soften, but oh, no, don’t be fooled! She admits to his having aged but makes no bones about not still hating him and that NOT being any excuse to drop the grudge!

When Lisa talks about aging and her hair turning gray and then getting a chin hair followed by wolf-like sideburns as she enters her fifties, I almost wrecked the car as it was so funny. Her mention of strangling someone with her Spanx was also something I could easily relate to. Honestly, what made this 4 CD Audio Book a nice break especially to laugh at in my car, was hearing Lisa read it. I think had I read the book it would have entertained me, but not been quite as funny as hearing Lisa and Francesca reading it. I also love my audio books for relaxing but think this one is better for the car or while I was doing a "much loved" task like mending clothes!!! ARGH!

To finish and give you a taste this delectable audio book is all about, and how Lisa Scottoline has so cleverly written it, you will find, in what follows, the opening to the book. Those of us who were Nancy Drew fans as kids and now are empty nesters, or nearing it especially, will be able to relate. Enjoy!

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
.” from MY NEST ISN'T EMPTY, IT JUST HAS MORE CLOSET SPACE
 
GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO STEPHANIE AND THE GOOD
 FOLKS AT MACMILLAN AUDIO BOOKS,
I HAVE 3 COPIES OF THIS DELIGHTFUL
AUDIO BOOK TO GIVE AWAY!

THE RULES:

--U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE
SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY



HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY:
COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT MY NEST ISN'T EMPTY, IT JUST HAS MORE CLOSET SPACE ABOVE THAT WOULD MAKE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS AUDIO BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRY:
BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW IN THE ENTRY


+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING ON THE LISA SCOTTOLINE'S WEBSITE HERE. PERHAPS YOU MIGHT COMMENT ON ANOTHER BOOK OF HERS YOU HAVE READ, OR WOULD LIKE TO READ

+1 MORE ENTRY: GO TO MACMILLAN AUDIO BOOKS WEBSITE HERE (LOOK NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE) AND LISTEN TO THE AUDIO EXCERPT AND COMMENT ABOUT IT HERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: JOIN AND "LIKE" LISA SCOTTOLINE ON HER OFFICIAL FACEBOOK FAN GROUP PAGE

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, NOVEMBER 16!

 
GOOD LUCK!!!
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IF YOU MISSED THE EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY ABOUT THE MACMILLAN AUDIO BOOK CLUB FOR NOVEMBER ALL ABOUT FREEDOM, THE AUDIO BOOK, JUST CLICK ON THE SYMBOL BELOW TO READ ALL ABOUT IT. THE SAME SYMBOL IN MY RIGHT HAND COLUMN WILL TAKE YOU TO THE AUDIO BOOK CLUB ALL THROUGH NOVEMBER AND GIVE YOU A CHANCE NOT ONLY TO DISCUSS FREEDOM BUT ALSO A CHANCE TO WIN AN AUDIO BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE!

76 comments:

Teresa said...

She sounds like she has a great sense of humor. I would love to hear this one.

teresasreadingcorner at gmail dot com

Mary said...

I'd love to win a copy because it seems like we're in the same place in life - nest with more closet space :) I love to listen to a book that makes me laugh.

Mary (Bookfan)
meah56{at}gmail[dot]com

Mary said...

I blogged on my giveaway page: http://wp.me/PtXKB-iW

Mary (Bookfan)
meah56[at]gmail[dot]com

PoCoKat said...

I would love to win...sounds like we are going through the same things in life right now.

littleone AT shaw DOT ca

PoCoKat said...

I "LIKE" Lisa on Facebook.

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Mary said...

Loved the audio sample on the Macmillan page. I can totally relate to the "fridge layers"!

Mary (Bookfan)
meah56[at]gmail[dot]com

Mary said...

I "liked" the facebook page (Bookfan Mb)

Mary (Bookfan)
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holdenj said...

I loved the excerpt! My Nancy Drews are still around, only yellow ones, no blue! I also love that she and her daughter collaborate and we get a multi-generational view of some things.
Thanks for the great giveaway!
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

holdenj said...

I really enjoyed her website. I loved the pics of all her dogs, especially the Cavaliers and Corgi! Oh, so cute.
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I am interested in the entertaining audio since it applies to life now. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

The excerpt is interesting and humorous which I need right now. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I enjoyed browsing the website and love the photos of her dogs so much. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

This would be greatly appreciated as it is timely. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed reading several of her books before and wasn't aware that she had written anything autobiographical. I would be very interested in reading this.


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petite said...

A website which was filled with so much about her life, books and dogs. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

The audio sample was great amd made me want more of the book. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I tweeted:

My Twitter name is Carolee888.
http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/ See above for giveaway of 'My Nest Isn't Empty,It Just has more Closet Space.

Anonymous said...

On her website, it has a special part devoted to her family of pets. I like that she is dog lover.


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Anonymous said...

I "liked" Lisa Scottine on her Facebook page.


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grannyvon said...

My eye sight is not what it once was and I find myself struggling to read the small print books anymore. Face it all the good books are not in big print so the audiobooks are just what I need. I would love to win this one, it is so different from her other books. ybutler@oppcatv.com

grannyvon said...

Looking over the books she has wrote on her website I find a couple that have slipped through the cracks and I will have to read them. The only ones I found except this onne and Why my third Husbanc will be a Dog was Think Twice and Legal Thriller. I am a big fan and will start completing my "all Lisa books" list. ybutler@oppcatv.com

grannyvon said...

Listen to the audio preview and can relate to the refrigator door she is talking about. Got to here this one. Thanks for the chance. ybutler@oppcatv.com

grannyvon said...

Liked and commented on Facebook to become a fan. ybutler@oppcatv.com

rubynreba said...

I would like to listen to this book because it sounds so funny!
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rubynreba said...

I would like to read Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog
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rubynreba said...

The audio really kept my interest and I know I'd love this book.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

debbie said...

I think the book sounds so funny. My son will comment every once in awhile about the hair on my chin. I can relate to what was said. It sounds like she has a great sense of humor.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

debbie said...

I think the book sounds so funny. My son will comment every once in awhile about the hair on my chin. I can relate to what was said. It sounds like she has a great sense of humor.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like there will be a lot of humor in it. I never realized she wrote other than mysteries.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I liked Lady Killer. I want to read Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I enjoyed the audio and will look forward to winning. My refrigerator is loaded with odd stuff, too.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Tore said...

Sounds very interesting. I would love to hear this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

g.g. said...

I would love to listen to a comedy by an author whose mysteries I love

anjamie4 AT gmail DOT com

g.g. said...

I liked her on facebook

anjamie4 AT gmail DOT com

g.g. said...

I loved her dogs especially the corgi

anjamie4 AT gmail DOT com

Pamela Keener said...

This sounds like such a great listen. I drive for work and when there are long trips I love to listen to audiobooks.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

Pamela Keener said...

I like Lisa Scottoline on FB/Pam Keener
Love & Hugs,
Pam
pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

Pamela Keener said...

In Lisa's spare time she teaches a course entitled "Justice & Fiction" at The University of PA Law School.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

slb3334 said...

I like that she bases it on real life.

samf36 said...

Her take on GRUDGES left me giggling. Sounds just like my mom.

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samf36 said...

I liked Lisa Scottoline on facebook.

samf36 (at) gmail.com

shiloh said...

From the title to the grudge, and love of Nancy Drew I felt drawn to this book and this woman. A past that makes her interesting and has driven her to where she is. This would be a hoot.

hendy said...

Well I just started getting into audio books (thanks to you and this blog) and this looks so funny-maybe a little Sex in the Cityish?
hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

hendy said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/HendyMartin/status/4120862731018240
hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

hendy said...

Her book, Think Twice, looks great but looks like a departure from some of her other "humorous" writings.
hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

hendy said...

Listened to the audio and I'm already cracking up-all I have is Christmas cards with babies and new baby announcements on my fridge too so I can relate which I guess is where the humor lies right?
hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

erma said...

I like the humor of it.
erma0726@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

Well, I love the title; the book has to be great for that reason alone!

theyyguy@yahoo.cmo

DarcyO said...

I can totally relate to the chin hair comment! She is so funny and I love her books. I'd love to hear this one.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

DarcyO said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/darcy1956/status/4378472575148033

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DarcyO said...

I like Lisa on FB.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

wgbc1446 said...

I would love to win this because it sounds like it is side-splitting FUNNY! I am almost an empty nester myself for the first time in 36 years, and am supremely sad about the prospect. This may be just the book to lift my spirits! wgbc1446[at]yahoo[dot]com

purango said...

The character's story about her empty nest sounds interesting. It sounds like a funny story. garrettsambo@aol.com

Laura H. said...

I would love to win this audio book because I'm at the same stage in my life where the kids are gone and menopause is kicking in so I can appreciate the humor with which she approaches middle age! (OMG! Did I just actually say "middle age"!?!??)

Thanks for another great giveaway!

BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

Laura H. said...

Tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/4542391134453761

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taxchyk said...

My daughter and her son are living with me while she's in nursing school. I love that this was written by a mom/daughter team!

Laura H. said...

I am dying to read "Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog"! The title alone sounds like a hoot!

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DebDancer said...

It's about an interesting, colorful family.

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Laura H. said...

I just listened to the audio excerpt and this woman and I could be twins!!!!! Why is it we can't get rid of the stuff on the refrigerator??? Perhaps because it reminds us of the time when our nest wasn't empty?!?!??!

BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

Laura H. said...

"Liked" Lisa on FB (Laura Grassie Henderson).

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FDP 4 Life said...

i would love to win this for my mother
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

susan1215 said...

I can read Lisa every week in "Chick Wit," her Sunday column for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

s2s2 at comcast dot net

susan1215 said...

I like Lisa on facebook Susan Smith

degood said...

It sounds great. I so identify with the nancy drew bit found it so funny. I would love to hear this audiobook.


kerrie@mayansfamily.com

degood said...

I have read Killer Smile and Rough Justice and enjoyed those but didn't know she wrote comedy bits as well. Now I want to read the first one and this one to see how different they are from her suspense books.

kerrie@mayansfamily.com

degood said...

I listened to the audio clip on Macmillan audio on it. I laughed about the refridgerator door. We just moved and my door was so full and I didn't know what do with all the stuff. i totally related to that. I found all sorts of recipies that i thought I would make but never did.


kerrie@mayansfamily.com

naynays1 said...

I'd love to win a copy because it seems like we're in the same place in life
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Hotsnotty2 said...

This sounds hilarious, I'd love to listen to it, thanks for the chance!

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Nancye said...

I learned that "Lisa also writes a weekly column in The Philadelphia Inquirer called “Chick Wit“.

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Nancye said...

Tweet! Tweet!
@NancyeDavis

http://twitter.com/NancyeDavis/status/4652549298720769

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Homemaker said...

I find it interesting and refreshing that she isn't afraid to laugh at herself and spill the beans on her family...I relate to her on many levels and would love to listen to this audio book.
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Homemaker said...

"LIKE" LISA SCOTTOLINE on FB - Geri N.
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Nancye said...

I would like to read Lisa's book: "Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog". It sounds too funny! A bonus is that I already have this book at home (a GA win :)

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Nancye said...

I like Lisa on Facebook.

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Nancye said...

I thought the excerpt was funny and enjoyable! :)

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Atreau said...

I find her sense of humor very captivating.

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