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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner. A fifty-year-old bridge game, and the secrets it held, provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between the author and her mother: Betsy Lerner takes us on an intimate and powerfully personal literary journey where we learn a little about bridge and a lot about life.
When Roz needs help after surgery, it falls to Betsy to take care of her. She expected a week of tense civility; what she got instead were the Bridge Ladies. Impressed with their loyalty, she realized her generation was lacking. Before long, she braves the intimidating Woman wanting sex in Bridge of Bridge and comes under its spell. But it is through her friendships with the ladies that she is finally able face years of misunderstandings and family tragedy.
The Bridge Ladies become a Greek chorus, a catalyst for change between mother and daughter. By turns darkly funny and deeply moving, The Bridge Ladies brilliantly weaves the stories of the Bridge Ladies, along with Meet real girls in Livorno of Betsy and her mother across a lifetime of missed opportunities.
The result is an unforgettable and profound journey into a hard-won—but never-too-late—bond between mother and daughter. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To Woman wanting sex in Bridge other readers questions about The Bridge Ladiesplease sign up. I'm half-way through the book, and tempted to shelve it. Does Lerner get a positive attitude in the second half? She's either moaning about her mother or how difficult bridge is, or criticizing everyone around her. I can't believe this book got such a positive review that I bought it.
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Really I didn't know that!! Like these are all things anyone with a semi open mind can understand. Is it worth trying to finish? Sidna I agree with Nancy. Not sure why I pushed myself to finish it. See all 9 questions about The Bridge Ladies…. Lists with This Book.
Feb 08, Christine Zibas rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'll sit in the dark. It's the examination of the old mother-daughter conflict and coming to peace with who we and our parents are. Betsy Lerner Woman wanting sex in Bridge the story of her mother's bridge "How many Jewish grandmothers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Betsy Lerner tells the story of her mother's bridge club and the women who have come together once a week for lunch and bridge for five decades.
Yet it's also this group that gives Lerner insight into Woman wanting sex in Bridge own anxiety-producing relationship with her own mother.
Is she always criticizing, or am I, her daughter, too sensitive to her suggestions? Who hasn't been there? It's a book that's heartfelt and beautifully written, enjoyable in every way possible. For me, it called up memories of my own Local slut in Narsarsuaq and her "card parties" when I was a child, something I haven't thought about in years, my mother having died more than 30 years ago.
Perhaps that's what made the book so very special to me. Yet, I think most people will relate to what Lerner has to offer here, even if they aren't Jewish or their mothers never played cards.
The beautiful portraits of these bridge ladies are a joy unto themselves, and a lesson to us all about how to fill our lives with small pleasures, service, meaning, and friendship. It might even make readers want to learn bridge, a game once so popular in the US that as Lerner notes, it was "once the HBO of its day.
What's guaranteed here is that whatever the reader takes away from this book will likely be very personal indeed. Apr 17, Cindy Burnett rated it really liked it. For three years, she observed their bridge club, interviewed each woman and her children, and set about learning to play bridge to further understand these women. When she began her project, Betsy and her mother had a troubled relationship that had carried over from when she was a teen.
As she got to know all of the women better, she also began Woman wanting sex in Bridge view her mother 4. As she got to know all of the women better, she also began to view her mother in an altogether new light and set about healing their relationship.
She came to understand that while they grew up in a very different time period and seemed a bit old fashioned to her that these women were actually tough, accomplished Woman wanting sex in Bridge who had lived and were continuing to live wonderful lives. The aspects of the group that fascinated Betsy also intrigued me. While the group meet every Monday for over fifty years, there was so much they chose not to share with each other instead just Woman wanting sex in Bridge the company of each other.
The world has changed so much since they were young and sometimes it is hard to remember that. Parts of the book were very sad as Betsy Lerner addressed Woman wanting sex in Bridge issue of aging and how unpleasant it really is.
As I deal with similar issues with my Woman wanting sex in Bridge, those sections really hit home for me. My favorite part of the book was all of the historical and contemporary references sprinkled throughout from Edith Wharton to The Shining to Fiddler on the Roof to coffee commercials — a few I even had to look up.
I also liked that each section of a chapter was separated by spades — a very clever touch for a book about bridge. Since I do not play bridge, I will say that at times the details regarding bridge made those sections drag a bit for me.
I highly recommend this book. View all 7 comments. May 17, Donna rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have to give this 5 stars because I really enjoyed the unfolding of this story and because it surprised me in a pleasant way. This was a heartwarming story about a daughter who wanted to know her distant mother better, as well as all the ladies who played bridge with her mom.
This book had a strong tie to familial relationships, the Jewish culture, tradition, hardships, love and understanding. The author did a great job with the telling of their different stories and I absolutely loved her des I have to give this 5 stars because I really enjoyed the unfolding of this story and because it surprised me in a Woman wanting sex in Bridge way. The author did a great job with the telling of their different stories and I absolutely loved her descriptive strokes regarding families.
She had me saying, "Yes! She even took lessons on how to play Bridge so that she could understand and get to know these ladies. I really liked this. View all 6 comments. Although Woman wanting sex in Bridge also took bridge lessons herself, this is less about the game and more about her ever-testy relationship with her mother starting with her rebellious teenage yearsthe ageing process, and the ways that women of different generations relate to their family and friends.
Mar 08, Alexandra rated it liked it. I know this book is a memoir, but Married and horny women in Piet Retief think I would have enjoyed it more if it weren't. I loved the stories about The Bridge Ladies. It was interesting reading about their Woman wanting sex in Bridge then and now, and how different the women's lives were compared to how young women live now.
I wish the whole book had been solely about the Bridge Ladies. But the author wrote a lot about herself. And why shouldn't she?
But I felt the parts about her life annoyed me. She didn't come off as likeable. And I I know this book is a memoir, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if it weren't. And I found myself rushing through the parts about how she always went against her mother.
I also didn't learn anything about the game of Bridge because it wasn't explained in a way that could help someone have even the slightest idea how to play. I received this book in a First Reads Giveaway. Feb 24, SundayAtDusk rated it liked it Shelves: The story of the bridge ladies probably could have been a better book, if someone else had written it.
Fortunately, she wisely does not bash her mother, as so many contemporary Woman wanting sex in Bridge have done. She apparently is over the stage of blaming her mother for her unhappiness, and this book is possibly one way of making amends.
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