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Lynn HarrisTechnically, Lay the Favorite is not 100 percent memoir. It's also a tragicomic biography of Raymer's misfit-math-whiz boss-slash-father figures…Raymer is an ace at description: from American neo-gothic detail…to gambling patois…The generous emphasis on her mentors underscores her even greater strength: compassion. She never condescends or indulges in reality-show caricature; she finds charm in the charmless, a point of light in the most lost of souls.
—The New York Times