Following in the tradition of bestselling memoirists riffing on their dysfunctional families -- think Mary Karr (The Liars' Club) and Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors), award-winning poet Katy Lederer "pokes" fun at her unconventional childhood at the gambling tables in Poker Face -- a 2003 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.
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In our interview, Lederer shared some fascinating facts with us:
"I used to think the devil lived on one side of my bedroom and God on the other."
"My first job was working in the records department of the local city hospital, which meant I knew about all of the private medical histories of my neighbors."
"I swear a lot."
"As far as my readers are concerned (as in people who have read either my memoir and/or my poetry): I have tried to be as honest as possible, but I doubt I've succeeded."