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From Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
Katy Lederer's childhood was what one might term unusual. Her mother was an alcoholic; her father became a bestselling writer; and her older brother transformed himself into a homeless New York City hustler. Feeling lonesome at home, Katy also felt the outsider at the pricey boarding school where she and her siblings, as the children of faculty, were entitled to a free education. From within a family where individual cunning was valued nearly as highly as academic achievement, Lederer set out to find her way through a seemingly illogical world.
After graduating from college, Katy joins her family in Las Vegas, where her siblings work as world-class poker players while Mom manages the books. The tense world of gambling is a far cry from the rarified terrain of an elite prep school, and it's not the future Katy's mother had in mind for her: "I thought you'd be the normal one," she said. "I don't want another gambler…. Can't you at least get a job in a casino? As a waitress or something?"
Lederer tells her story with a keen, dry wit and a gimlet eye for the telling details, revealing the colorful people who inhabit her offbeat world. Eventually, Lederer abandons her quest for glory at the poker table, seeking success as a writer. This funny, painful, but ultimately happy memoir is proof that she has found it. (Fall 2003 Selection)