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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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It’s a Melody Played In a Penny Arcade


Hi Betsy,

I just read Food and Loathing, – the great title attracted me when I was nearby looking for books about other psychological problems – and I have a tiny question that I’m really curious about. I noticed that on page 46 you said you made a toasted peanut butter and chocolate chip concoction and on page 233 you said you nibbled around the walnuts in a brownie because you’re deathly allergic to nuts.

So I’m just wondering: did you develop the allergy in-between those two incidents or was one of them a matter of “poetic license”.




18 Responses

  1. Blink. Blink. All I KNOW is that now I’ve got a wicked craving for brownies with nuts.

  2. You have devoted readers who hang onto every word.
    (Message inside a fortune cookie from Number 1 restaurant).

  3. Curious. I also need brownies now. And I need to know everything about the person who asked this question, and then the answer.

  4. This person is nuts.

  5. What section was she looking in?? She needs to keep looking.
    PS My daughter is allergic to tree nuts and not peanuts. No one has accused her of poetic license.

  6. What section was she looking in? She needs to keep looking.
    PS My daughter is allergic to tree nuts and not peanuts and no one has ever accused her of poetic license.

  7. Crap – sorry for the duplicate post. I am so challenged by social media these days. Wait, is this social media?

  8. Copyeditor fail. But for the record, I am a copyeditor and I never ever would have even dreamed of writing that note. I promise.

  9. Aren’t you blessed to be read that closely!?!?

  10. I read Food and Loathing and all I came away with was tremendous respect for the book’s writer. Just sayin’.

  11. Betsy has no allergy to nuts. Here we are.

  12. Honest to chocolate Godiva. Maybe you made it, doesn’t mean you ate it. (if the glove don’t fit…sounds kinda like that, doesn’t it? American Crime Story still in my head)

    I think you only need to consider this. “…when I was nearby looking for books about other psychological problems…”


  13. Where can “I” get a poetic license?

  14. sometimes you have allergies sometimes you don’t.

  15. Surprise: Peanuts are not nuts, they’re legumes. Usually, people are allergic to either tree nuts or peanuts, but not both.

    Today, I’m making charoset with apples and peanuts, because if I used walnuts (or any other actual nut) my daughter might die. With peanuts, not so much.

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