Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers The title turns out to be a tell: Lederer maintains a frustrating emotional opacity as she plays a memoirist's hand about growing up as a… Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers The title turns out to be a tell: Lederer maintains a frustrating emotional opacity as she plays a memoirist's hand about growing up as a… 2003-08-12 Nonfiction
Book Review

Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 12, 2003; Writer: Katy Lederer; Genre: Nonfiction

The title turns out to be a tell: Lederer maintains a frustrating emotional opacity as she plays a memoirist's hand about growing up as a Jewish faculty kid at a WASPy New Hampshire boarding school. She writes about her hard-drinking mother who split to be an actress in New York, and about her poker-stud brother who moved to Las Vegas for the action, and the sister who followed to do the same, trailed, eventually, by the author, too -- a disjointed family held together by a mania for Lady Luck. A poet, Lederer has a professional eye for descriptive detail but tends to fold rather than reveal her feelings about the colorful deck of stories life has dealt her.

Originally posted Aug 15, 2003 Published in issue #723 Aug 15, 2003 Order article reprints