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Literacy and Longing in L.A.
Literacy and Longing in L.A. | Karen Mack, Jennifer Kaufman
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Some women shop. Some eat. Dora cures the blues by bingeing on booksreading 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 aparther 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 isnt quite there yet. Now shes 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 offerintelligent 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 Doras 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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Literacy and Longing in L.A. | Karen Mack, Jennifer Kaufman
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Literacy and Longing in L.A. in my case means Lower Alabama. #LoveThisTown of Foley. Great afternoon with @Talewaggingreads at the Copper Kettle Tea Bar and #bookhaul from the Book Exchange #TimbitTunes @TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen

lynneamch LOVE Brooklyn, too, so looking forward to reading this find 6mo
Cinfhen Looks charming and lovely and just about perfect 😍🤩 6mo
Talewaggingreads Haha! @lynneamch 😍🍜🍰☕📚🍊 We covered all of the bases that day! I especially loved the young lady's comments about our selections when we paid for our books. Just delightful. 6mo
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