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By Tom Sloper
November 9, 2014

Column #623

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American American-style Mah-Jongg. Another new book has come out, and again it's one that I had a part in (a smaller part this week than the book I wrote about last week). The book is "Searching for Bubbe Fischer," by Karen Gooen.

The book is sort of a mah-jongg memoir, about the author's search for a mentor, the quasi-mythical "Bubbe Fischer," who would teach her the secrets of the mah-jongg gods.

The author contacted me some time back and asked me to review a draft of the book, and let her know if I found any oopsies. So I did what I do (I've reviewed several books for authors and publishers), and I also wrote a blurb for the back cover:

And that's the honest truth. Sometimes when I take on a book review, I slog through it and have to take it in multiple stages so I don't fall asleep. But Karen Gooen's book was a breeze. I'm not going to spoil the ending for you; you'll have to read it yourself to see if she ever found Bubbe, and what secrets she learned along the way.

You'll get through the book's 210 pages very quickly. It measures 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches, and is published by Bubbe Meises Publishing. ISBN-10: 099076012X. ISBN-13: 978-0990760122. Just Google it; you'll find it easily.

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