She shares tidbits, and then her daughter Francesca writes an occasional chapter in which she talks about about life from her perspective—a New York single woman who has a unique relationship with her mother.
Also joining the romp is Mother Mary, Scottoline’s 86-year-old mother who is down-to-earth and full of her own ideas about how things should be.
For example, Mother Mary has a list of Things Not To Do. Like “Don’t Go To The Movies,” “Don’t Eat Outside With The Bugs” and “Don’t Walk All Over The Cockamamie Mall.”
We dive right into the heart of the matter in the beginning of the book, as the author describes her love of Nancy Drew books and how she visualizes herself as kind of a Nancy Drew–and then she lists “similarities,” like:
“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….”
Then we get to the part where she says:
“I just found my first gray hair.
“On my chin.
“I’m trying not to freak.”
The whole book is full of these kinds of treats that allow us to feel as though she is taking us into her confidence and sharing her life with us. We learn how she feels about her dogs, about housekeeping, and also about her appliances. Everything is an adventure, which she is sharing with us, just so we can feel like we’re part of it all. Like friends.
I like that, and because in this newest of her creations about her personal life, she shows us the inside of her home, literally, through descriptions of the dog-hair covered furniture, the beds “layered” with dogs, and the slightly askew state of things. She also lets us know how it’s really hard to let go of your kids, even when they’re full grown.
Her daughter writes about cutting the cord: “I thought I said, `I’m going to see my cousin’s new apartment,’ but in Mom-speak that translates to: `I’m going to meet certain death in the New York City subway tunnels that are soon to be my tomb.'”
Throughout My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman, Scottoline also shares family moments in casual photographs that spotlight the very special three-generational relationships. A quick read, I felt as though I had garnered another slice of this author’s real life and her special connections, as she shared her vulnerabilities, her fears, and how she copes with it all. Definitely five stars.