Literacy and longing in L.A.

by Kaufman, Jennifer.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Fiction FIC KAU
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Fiction
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Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction FIC KAUFM
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Fiction
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Northland Public Library Fiction FIC KAUFMAN
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Fiction
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Penn Hills Library Fiction KAU
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Chick-Lit Fiction CHICK LIT KAUFMAN Jennifer
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Chick-Lit Fiction
Call Number  CHICK LIT KAUFMAN Jennifer
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Book lust meets chick lit in this tale of a love-challenged bookworm. Dora, named for Eudora Welty, confesses, I collect new books the way my girlfriends buy designer handbags. Estranged from her husband and living in a luxurious L.A. high-rise, she deals with melancholy by taking long baths while drinking wine and reading paperbacks. Luckily, her habit must be fed, requiring frequent trips to the local bookstore, where she meets tall, handsome Fred--a starving playwright who ekes out a living by providing book-group recommendations to Brentwood housewives. Soon they're involved in a heated romance, but things begin to sour when Dora meets his family. Then Dora's husband pops up, and confusion creeps in. Dora is a charming character, and readers will appreciate some of her more neurotic tendencies, such as her debilitating fear of driving on freeways. No literary masterpiece, this cowritten debut reads instead like a gossipy e-mail from a witty, intelligent friend. A list of referenced books and authors is included at the end. --Emily Cook Copyright 2006 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kaufman, a former L.A. Times staff writer, and Mack, a former attorney and Golden Globe Award- winning film and TV producer, check in with this solid, thoughtful chick lit debut. Dora, at 35, is a twice-divorced former young reporter on the rise at the L.A. Times. Second ex-husband Palmer is now head of Sony Pictures, and still supporting her. Dora's depressed, and she only leaves the house to stalk Palmer and buy more books. At the bookstore, she meets elegantly scraggly comp lit Ph.D. Fred, and they begin an unlikely courtship. Dora is soon surprised by Fred's invitation to meet his mother, Bea, whom Dora likes instantly, all the more so when she learns Bea is also raising Harper, the six-year-old daughter of Fred's troubled sister. The bond between Bea and Dora gives Dora something she never had with her own, alcoholic mother, and helps her make decisions that bring her life back into focus. Dora is the kind of deadpan and imperfect heroine with whom readers can easily identify. Kaufman and Mack mishandle the abrupt ending and epilogue, but are most likely setting up a welcome sequel. (June 6) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women -- Books and reading -- Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Delacorte Press,2006
Other Titles Literacy and longing in Los Angeles
Contributors Mack, Karen.
Language English
Description 325 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 0385340176
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