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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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Baby You’re Not That Kind


point_break_movie759I’m being extremely promiscuous with my reading. Is it me or is them. Until very recently I was a monogamous reader. One book at a time. And I almost never put one down until I finished it. ANd I never skimmed. Now, I’ve gone wild. I’m in the middle of three books (William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days, Adam Haslett’s novel Imagine me Gone, Lucia Berlin’s short stories A Manual for Cleaning Women). I actually feel like I’m cheating on one when I’m spending time with another. Is there something wrong with me?

What are your reading proclivities?

6 Responses

  1. I stick to one book at a time on the main line. That line for me for the past two years has been almost exclusively books about the 20th century’s great political, military, and economical struggles. I have about ten books to go before I’m done with that; I was pretty much fed up with it about ten books ago but I do so like to finish what I’ve started.

    On the secondary lines I read case law, current essays, and the occasional professional book. Lately that book has been, little by little, the legendary “NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.”

    Christ, I can hardly wait for the day when the wars are over and the fires are out and the suits are settled and I can cozy up with some fiction, folktales, free verse, and philosophy. One book at a time.

  2. I only read one at a time. I’ve tried to do two – just recently as a matter of fact. I bought Kelly Link’s GET IN TROUBLE – a book of short stories, and they are…strange, while being somewhat intriguing. While reading that, I then received a book written by a fellow author and I started it while I was in the middle of GIT. I didn’t flip flop though. Once I started Fellow Author’s book, I read it till the end. Then, I went back to GIT. Read another odd story, and against my nature, I’ve put it aside and started OLIVE KITTERIDGE. I HATE putting books aside. I like to finish them.

    I’m very conflicted about it.

  3. I’m a wanton reader, although I have types.

  4. I like to get into as many books as possible. Each one knows about the others and, although I hate to admit it, I like some better than others — they move me in a certain way. Sometimes I read at the kitchen table, outside in an open field or on a dune near the ocean, but mostly I do it in bed. After I finish and all is quiet and wondrously still, I hold the book, caress the back and spine then lightly blow a sweet breeze all across the front; spent.

  5. Oh, Betsy, each to his own. I often have as many as 6 or 7 books going at the same time, and I love it. Here’s one benefit: one can enjoy what they’re in the mood to read at any given moment. If I’m reading the latest by Eckhart Tolle or Elizabeth Gilbert, then I can run to Donna Tartt or Jonathan Franzen for an engrossing read. My mood tells me which book to open when I have reading time. BTW, Bets, I LOVED LOVED LOVED your book and I LOVE your voice! Please tell me you have many, many more books in mind to write. Congrats on the HUGE success of Bridge Ladies. Much deserved! Jude silkhorses@aim.com

    • Thank you thank thank you. Would you say all that on Amazon. ;)😘😘😘😘😘

      As for more writing I’m gonna stick to my old imaginary friend, my blog, for the time being.
      Thank you again.

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