Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers

Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers

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by Katy Lederer
     
 

ISBN-10: 1400052769

ISBN-13: 2901400052768

Pub. Date: 08/24/2004

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Katy Lederer grew up on the bucolic campus of an exclusive East Coast boarding school where her father taught English, her mother retreated into cross-words and scotch, and her much older siblings played "grown-up" games like gin rummy and chess. But Katy faced much more than the typical trials of childhood. Within the confines of the Lederer household an unlikely…  See more details below

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Katy Lederer grew up on the bucolic campus of an exclusive East Coast boarding school where her father taught English, her mother retreated into cross-words and scotch, and her much older siblings played "grown-up" games like gin rummy and chess. But Katy faced much more than the typical trials of childhood. Within the confines of the Lederer household an unlikely transformation was brewing, one that would turn this darkly intellectual and game-happy group into a family of professional gamblers. Poker Face is Katy Lederer's perceptive account of her family's lively history. From the long kitchen table where her mother played what seemed an endless game of solitaire, to the seedy New York bars where her brother first learned to play poker, to the glamorous Bellagio casino in Las Vegas, where her sister and brother wager hundreds of thousands of dollars a night at the tables, Lederer takes us on a tragicomic journey through a world where intelligence and deceit are used equally as currency. Not since Mary McCarthy's Memories of a Catholic Girlhood has a writer cast such a witty and astringently analytic eye on the demands of growing up. An unflinching exploration of trust and betrayal, competition, suspicion, and unconventional familial love, Poker Face is a testament to the human spirit's inventiveness when faced with unusually difficult odds.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901400052768
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/24/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
I
Prologue: The Green Glasses3
1Faces13
2Stealing25
3Games35
4The Bar Point45
5Old Money55
6New Money65
7The Figures77
8The Family Business87
9Happiness97
II
10A's107
11One of Them119
12Tells129
13PokerWorld141
14Expectations151
15A Girl's Room163
16Facades173
17The Files185
18Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?197
Epilogue: "The Dancing Waters"207

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Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book because I am interested in poker. There precious little in it about Howard Lederer, her brother, or Annie Duke, her sister, or poker. Mostly self absorbed bad writing. Surely it would never have been published except for her siblings.
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