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Hats & Eyeglasses: A Memoir

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Martha Frankel grew up in a warm, loving family of diehard gamblers, where her father's poker games and her mother's mah-jongg blended happily with big pots of delicious food and endless gossip. As kids, she and her cousins bet on everything-from which of their Weight Watching mothers would lose the most to who could hold their breath longest underwater or eat the most matzo. But once Frankel left for college and later became a successful entertainment journalist, gambling didn't factor much into her life. She ...

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Martha Frankel grew up in a warm, loving family of diehard gamblers, where her father's poker games and her mother's mah-jongg blended happily with big pots of delicious food and endless gossip. As kids, she and her cousins bet on everything-from which of their Weight Watching mothers would lose the most to who could hold their breath longest underwater or eat the most matzo. But once Frankel left for college and later became a successful entertainment journalist, gambling didn't factor much into her life. She thought her family legacy had passed her by.

In this 'fast-paced and amazingly funny' (The Times- Picayune) memoir, Frankel traces her love affair with poker, an obsession that didn't hit until her mid-forties. And she was good at poker. Frankel won routinely, whether she was playing in her Wednesday-night poker game or in one of the seedy, out-of-the-way rooms she always managed to find when on assignment. But all this changed when she discovered online poker. It was the beginning of what one of her uncles called 'hats and eyeglasses,' a term used to describe those times when you're losing so bad your ship is sinking until all that's left on the water's surface are your hat and eyeglasses. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Hats & Eyeglasses is a tale of passion, addiction? and those times in life when we almost lose our shirt.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585426973
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTHA FRANKEL is an entertainment journalist whose work has appeared in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, and Movieline's Hollywood Life.

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Table of Contents

1 Hats & Eyeglasses 1

2 Leaving Home 19

3 Playing Poker with My Dead Uncles 29

4 Wednesday-Night Poker 45

5 Playing Like a Girl 59

6 My Poker Face 71

7 The Cruise 85

8 Lucky Lefty 103

9 Coming Home 119

10 Poker Slut 131

11 Welcome to Paradise 147

12 Hats & Eyeglasses Redux 167

13 Help 183

14 Redemption 201

Afterword: The Address of Paradise Has Changed 207

More Food for Thought 219

A Conversation With Martha Frankel 223

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book, chronicling a gambling addiction, is funny and poignant and portrays addiction in way that the nonaddicted can understand (which normally we can't). It's propelled by hilarious characters, but mostly by the author's take on those characters and side remarks (yeah, I laughed out loud). The tone of the book is casual but smart. As honest and serious as the portrayal of addiction is presented here-how it creeps into your life innocently and reaches a point where it just takes over and pollutes everything else around you and turns you into a person carrying around a secret and a person of shame-the author manages not to get to too dark a place with the reader. Humor is what rescues you every time. Apart from the gambling addiction, this book is a window into family life that, no matter what the reader's background, anyone could envy-the kind where the parents are smart and funny and loving, exactly the tone of the book itself. This book can be read anytime, but I think I'd place it high on the summer reading list: laughing on a beach chair draws less attention than on the subway.

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