• 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.
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And Everybody Hurts Sometimes

 

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Choice comments from my Amazon Reviews. Howlers!

Way too many metaphors.

Sort of hohum after all.

There were a few redeeming passages but for the most part I had to drag myself through it.

I considered giving up reading it many times.

I wouldn’t recommend this book unless you want to read about a boring self absorbed author.

Overall, this is an “okay but not great” read, kind of like a Big Mac that provides a little nourishment without a lot of flavor and wasting the day’s reading calories on mostly empty calories.

 

17 Responses

  1. But, you are Betsy Lerner: always remember that. And “they” are? DISMISSED !!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Everyone’s a critic.

  3. Everyone’s a critic…and the Big Mac metaphor?…real deep.

  4. If you want to feel better, check out mine for You Know What You Have to Do. They make yours look like five star raves!

  5. I did chuckle a little at these. The day someone (anyone) gets all 4’s and 5’s on Amazon reviews will likely break the internet.

  6. Here’s what I say to these schmucks. Show me yours.

  7. Yeah, well, consider the source: jealous, bored losers with too much time on their hands. Ignore them.

  8. My favorite is the ubiquitous “Just ok” 3-star review. I believe these come from people who have read the book while simultaneously binge-watching three seasons of The Bachelorette. Your Big Mac reviewer probably exists on a diet of Lean Cuisine and family-sized boxes of Nilla Wafers, and has become bitter.

  9. “Don’t let the bastards get you down.”
    -Kris Kristofferson offering advice to Sinead O’Connor after she was booed off the Garden stage by asshole Catholics at a Dylan tribute concert, 1992.

    You’re still on the stage and doing well.

  10. So, how many books have they published?

  11. “Don’t take shit from nobody.” – Billy Joel

    Who gives a crap what a bunch of semi-literate idiots – all losers, schmucks, jerks, vagabonds– think?
    You gotta have a real thick skin. My son’s a musician, and I tell him all the time, you can’t make fans of everyone.

    And I LOVED The Bridge Ladies, for it’s honesty, humor, decency, exploration, and ESPECIALLY the metaphors.

  12. This post, Betsy, has now won you everlasting honor from moi. I fucking hate Amazon reviews, even the good ones. I don’t trust any of it.

  13. Really? That’s all they got? How ’bout these?

    “I believe a man telling this as his story can neither be considered sane nor intelligent.”

    “too silly for words. the more i read the worse it got until i just gave up.”

    “It’s ridiculous, cheesy, grubby and underwhelming.”

    “It is rowdy, ribald, and almost certain to offend almost anyone at some point.”

    (Actually, that last one was my best review ever! I just threw it in now to make myself feel better…)

    Thing is, those are outstanding compared to the one-stars on my genre fiction pen name. I have over 100 one-stars on those — but for each of those one-star reviews, I’ve sold over 1000 ebooks. And no one-star review ever took so much as a single penny out of anyone’s bank account. Keep the cruddy, porly rittin one-star reviews comin’, I say. One for each thousand sales will do me just fine.

  14. There’s times when nothing hits the spot better than a Big Mac. Just saying.

  15. they’re all voting for trump

  16. I loved your book. If it makes you feel any better I got a one star review that said “I don’t remember this book” Huh???

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