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Author and columnist Francesca Serritella’s writing received several awards during her studies at Harvard, including the Charles Edmond Horman Prize, the Baron Russell Briggs Prize and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, which was awarded to her senior thesis—a novella. Her mother and best friend is the best-selling writer Lisa Scottoline, who, she says, “never pressured me to follow in her footsteps. The fact that I share her passion for writing is a coincidence; that I have the courage to try was all her.” Together, Serritella and her mother write a weekly humor column in The Philadelphia Inquirer called “Chick Wit.” The two have co-written several books, including their latest collection of funny stories and true confessions, “Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? True Stories and Confessions” (St. Martin’s Press).