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Literacy and Longing in L.A. - Jennifer Kaufman, Karen Mack
Literacy and Longing in L.A.
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Some women shop. Some eat. Dora cures the blues by bingeing on books—reading one after another, from Flaubert to bodice rippers, for hours and days on end. In this wickedly funny and sexy literary debut, we meet the beguiling, beautiful Dora, whose unique voice combines a wry wit and... show more
Some women shop. Some eat. Dora cures the blues by bingeing on books—reading one after another, from Flaubert to bodice rippers, for hours and days on end. In this wickedly funny and sexy literary debut, we meet the beguiling, beautiful Dora, whose unique voice combines a wry wit and vulnerability as she navigates the road between reality and fiction.Dora, named after Eudora Welty, is an indiscriminate book junkie whose life has fallen apart—her career, her marriage, and finally her self-esteem. All she has left is her love of literature, and the book benders she relied on as a child. Ever since her larger-than-life father wandered away and her book-loving, alcoholic mother was left with two young daughters, Dora and her sister, Virginia, have clung to each other, enduring a childhood filled with literary pilgrimages instead of summer vacations. Somewhere along the way Virginia made the leap into the real world. But Dora isn’t quite there yet. Now she’s coping with a painful separation from her husband, scraping the bottom of a dwindling inheritance, and attracted to a seductive book-seller who seems to embody all that literature has to offer—intelligent ideas, romance, and an escape from her problems. Joining Dora in her odyssey is an elderly society hair-brusher, a heartbroken young girl, a hilarious off-the-wall female teamster, and Dora’s mother, now on the wagon, trying to make amends. Along the way Dora faces some powerful choices. Between two irresistible men. Between idleness and work. And most of all between the joy of well-chosen words and the untidiness of real people and real life.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385340182 (0385340184)
ASIN: 385340184
Publisher: Delta
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Anne Brooke: fiction writer
Anne Brooke: fiction writer rated it
4.0 Slow-burn literary romance
An unusual book and one I really rather enjoyed, in no small measure for its difference from any other women's fiction/romance book I've read recently. Dora is obsessed with books and uses them to both hide from and try to make sense of her rapidly disintegrating life. I found it hard to get into ...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 Book Lover
Dora's divorcing her husband and having a hard time of it. Instead of trying hard to find a book she's bingeing on books, trying to avoid reality. She has used this as a way of escape since her childhood. When she finds that an attractive man from the bookstore is attracted to her, she starts a re...
I Like Books
I Like Books rated it
1.0 Literacy and Longing in L.A.
This was a snoozefest. Nothing happened. And from what I gather, nothing was going to happen either.
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
I'm afraid the authors pissed me off by using "whole mantra" instead of "ritual". I know, I'm petty, pedantic, whatever. Typos also annoy me. College Educations: Spoiling the fun of reading a book since time immemorial.
debnance
debnance rated it
2.0 Literacy and Longing in L. A.
"I collect new books the way my girlfriends buy designer handbags."Despite a main character who could be construed as a kindred spirit, this book disappointed me. The blurb on the back described the plot as that of a woman who deals with the problems of her life by going on a book reading binge. Oka...
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