• Bridge Ladies

    Bridge Ladies Sometimes I think a meteor could strike the earth and wipe out mankind with the exception of my mother’s Bridge club — Roz, Bea, Bette, Rhoda, and Jackie — five Jewish octogenarians who continue to gather for lunch and Bridge on Mondays as they have for over fifty years. When I set out to learn about the women behind the matching outfits and accessories, I never expected to fall in love with them. This is the story of the ladies, their game, and most of all the ragged path that led me back to my mother.
  • Archives

10 Responses

  1. J.E.A.L.O.U.S. of you.

  2. Thanks for the list! NPR has a nice page on the book, too, including a seven-minute talk with Patti, here:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122582840

  3. My son’s physical therapist’s eighteen-year-old daughter adored last night’s B&N event. Patti signed her books and chatted with her awhile. His other daughter and wife arrived a little late; and with the lines of fans out the door they couldn’t squeeze inside and missed the reading, alas.

  4. Quite a launch. Very exciting.

    It’s #24 on Amazon. Good sign.

    Oh, and my first memory of Patti proved foggy. I went back to look at her album covers and it was the Easter one that first grabbed me. I think I only heard of her when I heard Because The Night, and had to have it. I was in high school in the Chicago suburbs and my family was horrified by the armpit shot on the cover. Seriously. They thought I was nuts.

    I liked but didn’t love that album, but I soon found Horses, and that was everything.

  5. Just wanted to note that we made Just Kids one of our Best of January editors’ picks on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Books-of-the-Month/b/?node=390919011. (Although I’m sure the top 100 ranking has more to do with NPR etc.)

  6. I just finished the book today (thanks to the B&N guy who had no idea what he was doing and sold it to me early!) and loved it. A truly beautiful book with a beautiful ending.

    I don’t know if anyone remembers who people are or what previous comments are, but I’d like to apologize for my rambling what Horses means to me comment a couple posts back… I had fallen down the stairs at work and was suffering from a concussion at that moment (seriously didn’t know it) so I got incredibly poetic and emotional while i was writing it. Kinda embarrassing now, since I am only a recent commenter;) Unfortunately this concussion made me unable to go to the reading at Union Square which I had been planning on going to. And I had to wait almost two weeks to be able to finish reading the book… but it was still amazingly good and held up even with the interruption! I will have to read it again at a later date to get a less fragmented reading though…

    • I just re-read your comments from that other post… You sounded fine.

      I’ll be missing Patti Smith at her appearance tonight in Portland because it’s SOLD OUT due to one of the latest hustles in the publishing\bookselling world. (ie Pay $27 dollars for one of the 2000 tickets to the event, “hosted” by the local bookstore but actually taking place at a large theater. Included in the ticket price is the new book. Thus, technically she’ll sell 2000 books tonight in Portland.)

      • I stand corrected.
        1. The Bagdad Theater holds 819 people apparently. Not 2000.

        Here’s what happened. I showed up anayway, bought a scalped ticket for
        $40, and had a great time and did not feel hustled or ripped off. Patti started on time at 7pm, started to sing songs at 7:54pm and concluded at
        8:18pm with Peter Buck playing her guitar for her final song. A very nice and intimate evening. Worth the price. Plus I got a book (although I already had one since I pre-ordered on Amazon). But this book was signed as were the other 818 books because that’s what Patti did all afternoon prior to the event. She was great.

      • Well that’s good! I was too scared to read it, I was practically crying when I wrote it remembering how awesome the experience was. Not exactly how feel now, though it was an awesome experience. I was not in my right mind- but I’m glad it wasn’t readable!

        Below: I am jealous! I really wanted to go to the nyc one, I was even going to leave work early to make sure I got in. I did see her read at Cooper Union a couple years ago and got a preautographed book of poetry. which was cool. I’ve also seen her live 3 times which was amazing- the best was doing all of Horses at BAM. She’s the only act I’ve ever seen where people are like “YEAH POETRY!! ROCK ON!!” She has such amazing presence!

  7. Unbelievable-you and I must have met at some point in NY-when I was a struggling executive asst at St. Martin’s by day, I was one of the first and the few at CBGB’s in the front table at Patti’s first appearance-I had a very punk girflriend in college, way ahead of her time who lived in NY and we lived at CBGB in our night incarnations. Horses is still the best….

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: