Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers

Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers

by Katy Lederer
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Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers by Katy Lederer

“The intricacies of family and the complexities of the games they play mingle wonderfully here in a memoir quite unlike any other.”—George Plimpton, author of Truman Capote

Katy Lederer grew up on the bucolic campus of an exclusive East Coast boarding school where her father taught English, her mother retreated into crosswords 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400052769
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 08/24/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Katy Lederer is the author of a poetry collection, Winter Sex. A past resident of Berkeley, Las Vegas, and Iowa City, she currently lives in New York, where she works for a proprietary trading firm.

From the Hardcover edition.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

August 17, 1972

Place of Birth:

Concord, New Hampshire


B.A., UC Berkeley, 1995; M.F.A. in Poetry. Iowa Writers¿ Workshop, 1998

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to gamble and I love Vegas. This is an amazing story of behind the scenes Vegas. Even better is the incredible story of surviving a truly bizarre family. A great story teller.