A fifty-year-old Bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes us on a powerfully personal literary journey, where we learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life. After a lifetime defining herself in contrast to her mother’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” generation, Lerner finds herself back in her childhood home, not five miles from the mother she spent decades avoiding. 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 by their loyalty, she saw something her generation lacked. Facebook was great, but it wouldn’t deliver a pot roast. Tentatively at first, Betsy becomes a regular at her mother’s Monday Bridge club. Through her friendships with the ladies, she is finally able to face years of misunderstandings and family tragedy, the Bridge table becoming the common ground she and Roz never had. By turns darkly funny and deeply moving, The Bridge Ladies is the unforgettable story of a hard-won—but never-too-late—bond between mother and daughter.
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Lady Cameron and Hornett had been married fifty years ago, but he has forgotten about it. Embarrassment is evident when they meet whilst holidaying in Greece. In other stories there is an unknown Wordsworth manuscript and a sensational development concerning Coleridge. We also travel to Vienna where the identity of an arsonist is revealed.
- Author : James Tyndale Mitchell
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1906
- Genre : Portrait prints
- Pages : 131
- ISBN : WISC:89073172694
Lawrence Burgher suffers deprivation and ridicule as a child, marking him for life. Determined to make the world respect him, he sees wealth and power as a means to that end. Under the tutelage of Edward Keeley, his mentor and future business partner, Lawrence parlays inherited land in Shapely, West Virginia, into a burgeoning career in real estate and banking. By 1918, Lawrence moves his wife Anna and his family to the booming city of Huntington, West Virginia, to become Vice-President of Keeley's bank in that city. As his real estate career escalates and his family grows, so does his ambition. Burgher borrows money to take advantage of the emerging land boom. Early success leads to arrogance and arrogance to poor decisions. He leverages his property to make his purchases, spending his cash on an increasingly lavish life style. By 1924, feeling the pinch of debt which he can not repay, Lawrence resorts to making secret new loans to himself to pay the old ones. Keeley, a man with few scruples himself, calls Lawrence to task, whereupon Lawrence quits his position at the bank. When Keeley recalls Burgher, Lawrence sees it as an opportunity to oust his former partner.Soon caught in a financial trap of his own making, Burgher resorts to kiting checks, falsifying loans and forgery to cover the truth of his situation. During a routine bank examination, the Banking Commissioner discovers the shaky financial condition of the bank and notices evidence of Burgher's irregular activities. Given fair warning, Burgher changes nothing. When the bank is closed for lack of funds in its reserve, all of Burgher's problems come to light. He is indicted for embezzlement and forced into bankruptcy. This tragedy is so devastating that the family forms a protective shell around themselves, vowing to hold their heads up no matter what the public gossip. Held together by Anna's strength, the family bears the humiliation of a public trial, where Burgher is convicted and sentenced to ten years
Relates the moment-by-moment account of the 1980 Tampa Bay bridge disaster in which thirty-five people were killed and discusses the dangers of the many unsafe bridges throughout America
An extensive and most accessibly written history of the Avon Gorge and the many attempts to span it, incorporating many rare, previously unpublished diagrams and illustrations of the various bridge competition entries, as well as beautiful contemporary watercolour and oilpaintings by Samuel Jackson and Samuel Coleman. Young readers as well as engineering specialist will find much to inform and enjoy.