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    Bridge Ladies When I set out to learn about my mother's bridge club, the Jewish octogenarians behind the matching outfits and accessories, I never expected to fall in love with them. This is the story of the ladies, their game, their gen, and the ragged path that led me back to my mother.
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Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book? It took me years to write, will you take a look?

Three hot paperbacks for summer. A fast paced thriller set in the ugly world of Manhattan real estate from Edgar nominee, Justin Peacock; a heartbreaking WWI story about brothers and survival by the author of A Long Retreat, Andrew Krivak; and an exotic tale of travel over five continents and fifteen years by Elisabeth Eaves, the author of Bare.

Reading Blind Man’s Alley is a life experience to be savored and returned to, and Justin Peacock a brilliant novelist to watch.”–John Lescroat



“The Sojourn is a fiercely wrought novel, populated by characters who lead harsh, even brutal lives, which Krivak renders with impressive restraint, devoid of embellishment or sentimentality. ”  Leah Hager Cohen



 “Eaves conveys the nomadic romance of an adventurous soul traversing the vivid world and yet retains the intimacy of a voice confiding its secrets, taking you with her, smuggling you along…there”ll be no place else you’d rather be.”  –James Wolcott

28 Responses

  1. Is everybody asleep? I’m not going to play it cool; this is the second time that I’m first to comment, and it gives me childish glee. Now I’ll go check out what the jacket copy says on Amazon so I can have something semi-intelligent to say.

  2. Apropos of nothing you’ve written here, I just wanted to say that my grandmother’s maiden name was Lerner. Now, I read The Forest for the Trees when you first published it, and now I’m reading your blog regularly, and it only just occurred to me that we might be slightly and distantly related. It’s the Tri-State Lerner aspect, and that my grandmother (who died in 1987 at 91) had a bunch of siblings and so it is possible in a six degrees of Kevin Bacon way.

    That’s all.

  3. I’m just trying to get though this month’s book selection. How do you avid readers do it? Is there some best kept secret that has evaded me? Are your dishes piled high to the sky or do you just leave them in the frig so the roaches don’t get them? Is the hair under your arms drooping to the floor? Please, tell me. I’ve barely hit the 100 page mark with To Kill a Mockingbird and I couldn’t even finish Reading My Father before it was due back at the library. I feel like such a failure, especially in this company.

    • And there goes those damn italics to boot. Feh.

      • Actually, I thought the italics were indicating emotion! I was impressed! As for the ever-growing reading list, I’m of the camp that has 7 or more books going at one time (including a dry tome on St. Thomas More – a 2 year reading effort) and without an SO, I can read ’til 2AM and not bother anyone.

    • I don’t watch television and I read through my lunch hour. I also read during slack time at the office (I’m basically on retainer). I average about a book a week.

    • I have an upstairs book and a downstairs book, though I confess sometimes if one is exceptional, it gets carried up or down the stairs.So that averages to about 2 books a week, and that’s still not enough to assuage the frustration of too many books and not enough time.

      • Bloom, in his “Western Canon,” provides this wonderful index of all the great books one should read, while at the same time pointing out it would take two lifetimes to read them all. Such a tease….

    • Fellow failure. It takes me a while to get through a book too, MSB. I usually read before bed and sometimes I’m just too tired to get through more than a couple of pages. But my house is still a mess.

  4. Why, thank you, Betsy! Because what I clearly need right now are three more additions to my Leaning Tower of Purchased and Unperused Books and another excuse to avoid my own effin ms.

  5. Just ordered Elisabeth’s book this weekend — then hopefully I can convince my old bookstore to carry it !! (part of her adventure happened here, in Paris, of course). Can’t wait for it to get here!!

  6. The Sojourn looks like my choice. Another All Quiet on the Western Front? I do translations for the other guys, meaning the Italians along the mountain front. I translate the panels for hikers set along the trenchlines indicating where battles were fought and tunnels and supply routes cut from the rock. Some nights I hear howitzers and howls.

    • Interesting last line – one of my volunteer efforts is helping to restore a PT boat for the National WWII Museum. There have been many times when just touching parts of this boat is an unnerving sensation. Working inside of it, is truly an honor.

  7. And last but not least, Madame Bovary’s Daughter.
    “A lavishly textured sequel to a timeless literary masterpiece.” Booklist.
    “In this richly detailed, stunningly imaginative novel, Linda Urbach has created a fascinating, complex heroine.” Melanie Benjamin.

  8. Don’t forget ‘The Sequence.’

    “Thanks for giving me a chance to read ‘The Sequence.’ For future reference, I prefer novels with plots and characters.” Keith Khala

    “Given a more exciting conceit and competent execution, The Sequence would still be wrong for our, or any other, list.” Neil Nyren

    “Really? Now I’ve gotta read _this?_ Are you fucking kidding me?” Charlie Spicer

    “Reading The Sequence made me wish I’d chosen a different career.” Peter Wolverton

    “I am not a religious person, but I pray most fervently that the title ‘The Sequence’ doesn’t imply there will be _more_ of these.” Jaimie Levine

  9. Come a bit west with your readings Andrew Krivak! Cambridge is a hassle if you live in the burbs and the Cape on a schoolday weekday is impossible.

    • I know, Deb. I was in Concord, but that’s not really west. I’ll talk to my publicist about this. Give me a suggestion and I can send it to her. And thanks!

      • Oh, too bad. Concord is an easy drive. Maybe Wellesley Books (the old Wellesley Booksmith branch that was sold)? It’s still an independent and services like Wicked Local run their schedule.

  10. Betsy,
    Thanks for the shout out here. Folks, I’m stepping out from behind the shadows of the lurker to paraphrase: you’re a lucky bastard is she’s your agent, and that’s all you need to know. I hope that if you manage to pick up my spare, sliver of a novel this summer you’ll find something to like about it. On my list are two biggies I’ve always wanted to get to: Vollman’s Europe Central, and Matthessen’s Shadow Country (call it envy). So far, Vollman’s got me hooked. But all of this comes after the morning writing schedule. You know what they say, all work and no play gets Jack published. Stay cool. AK

  11. Just finished Wanderlust – a good vicarious travel/lover read – especially for those of us who might feel just a tad past the days of such adventuring. Also made me glad to have given a miss to a long-ago lover’s invite to hike in Papua New Guinea.

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