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    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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No Time for Losers

 

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Look who is #24 on Bookriot’s  list of 100 best books on writing. My little stinker is literally four slots below Strunk and White’s Elements of Style.  Some of the working titles that got left on the cutting room floor: No Bad Writers, The Ambivalent Writer, You Are What You Write, The Blue Pencil, and my personal favorite, Keep Your Day Job.

Which title would you have gone with?

 

12 Responses

  1. Write This, Not That😳

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  2. I loved that this happened. I found more encouragement from your book than the others I read. This is because you can think from the perspective of an agent, with the mindset of how the publishing world views writers, and then…you don the writer, and wallow in the same muck we do.

    Bravo, and congrats!

  3. Congratulations!

  4. Congratulations!

    “Morning Wood Versus No Lead In The Pencil: Are You Excited About Writing?”

  5. So You Think You Can Write
    The Right Write
    I Write, Therefore I Am

    Just kidding…Congrats!

  6. YAY Betsy! . Such a high honorable list to be included in, congratulations. If I were ever to write a book on writing, the title I’d go with: “Get The Lead Out”.

  7. Well I’ll be hog-tied! Congratulations!! I loved loved loved your book and this is a well deserved recognition! Here are others that weren’t on the list that I thought were great – “Letters to a Young Artist” by Anna Deavere Smith and “The War of Art” or “Turning Pro” by Stephen Pressfield.

  8. Love that book. I’ve read it through twice. And thumb through it now and then. Yet another working title: Step Away from that Ball of String, Dummy. Although I also like Don’t Quit Your Day Job. Probably because I have a night job and only feel like half a loser. Which is good. I can make almost anything work with the right motivation..

  9. How fantabulous and wonderfulistic is this.
    “Forest” guided me in a way no other book on writing did.
    Congrats.

  10. Congratulations, Betsy! But, keep your day job.

  11. Your book belongs much higher on that list. And I am not sucking up to you, I promise.

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