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Martha Frankel

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Hats & Eyeglasses: A Memoir is the story of my hilarious and totally cockamamie family, and how the gambling gene that I thought was dormant came out to bite me on the ass just at the moment I believed I had (finally) become an adult.

Hats & Eyeglasses has garnered some amazing reviews, including being called "Intimate and exuberant"-O, The Oprah Magazine, "Sparse and honest"- Associated Press, "[This] honest, funny betting memoir rises to the top" —USA Today, "Fast-paced and amazingly funny" —New Orleans Times-Picayune, "Hats & Eyeglasses is at once funny, disturbing and likely familiar to many who have lived in the grip of obsession"--- The Washington Post

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Gail Koger Writing humor is so much fun. Having weird people and experiences in your life makes it so much more. Thirty-one years as a 9-1-1 dispatcher gave me some real doozies. Strange but true!

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D.A. Schneider My new book, The 9 Ghosts of Samen's Bane
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Pamela Ewen Hi Martha - Re the Woodstock Memorial - In the '60's I used to travel from my home in New Orleans up to Woodstock in the summers, before the festival. It was so wonderful then--no fences around the property. Is the hotel still on top of the mountain - the one that was featured on the Band's first album? It was amazing - musical graffiti and paintings all over the ruins. Pamela Ewen, author of The Moon in the Mango Tree.

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Lincoln HANDLE TiME by LINCOLN PARK Hi Martha!

I don't get to Goodreads nearly as often as I'd like because I'm writing my 4th book. So, I wanted to make sure and stop by and let you know that I am thrilled to be your friend here! Are you on twitter? My twitter name is: linc0lnpark

Have a fantastic day!


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Vanessa Hi Martha!

Thank you for the find!


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Pamela Thanks for adding me as a friend!

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Diane Hi Martha,
Thanks for the friend request, your book sounds great!

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Maria Gear Martha,

It would be my honor to be as your friend.
Thanks for adding me.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


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Saleh Hi.What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?PLZ Answer The Question In My Profile.

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Roger Cottrell Hi Martha,
Any Kurt Vonneghut fan is fine by me.
Thanks for the friendship on Goodreads,

DemonKitty003 Ellos^^ thankz for the add :D

Christina Croft Hello Martha,

Thank you for the invitation! I am afraid I am new here and haven't got the hang of working my round everything yet...I hope to work it all out this weekend.
I love the look and sound of "Hat & Eyeglasses" - sounds like the sort of book that I will really enjoy.

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fati hi, marrtha. thanks for adding me as your friend. hope we can make a good friendship from goodreads :P

Brigid ✩ thanks for the add, martha! ;D nice to meet you.


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Ida Hi!
Thanks for your Invitation! :)
i'm so glad to be here.
i wana know is your book translate to the persian!?

Bobbie  Crawford I hope you are having a wonderful day! :)


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Cindy Hi..!!
thanks for add me as your friend.. (:

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Holly Jacobs Hi, Martha!

Thanks so much for the invite!!


SAME TIME NEXT SUMMER...on shelves now!

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Noname .

Hi Martha! Thank you for the request.

It's great to meet you here.


I love your quote. I added it to my quotes.


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Jeff Edis Thanks for the add Martha.


Jeff from 'downunder' - :)

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Blair Thanks, Martha, for the friend request. Just added "Hats & Eyeglasses" to my reading list!

Blair Kilpatrick

Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music (University Press of Mississippi, January 2009)

Marts  (Thinker) Hi Martha
Great to meet you and thanks for the request!!

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Dianne Ascroft Thanks for adding me to your friends, Martha. Congratulations on the successes of your book!

Dianne Ascroft,
author, 'Hitler and Mars Bars'

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Cheryl Thanks for the request, Martha.

Congrats on the great reviews for Hats & Eyeglasses!


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Anthony Cheers!

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Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi again Martha. I just wanted to invite you to visit my web site, I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too!

Dominique HI new friend Martha, how are you doing?

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Mary Thanks, Martha for the friend request. Your book sounds amazing. And, what great reviews! Congrats.

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Lee Thanks for being my goodreads buddy, Martha!

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Carol(ina) Thanks for the add! :)

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Jack Thank you for the friendly invitation to your work and reviews. "Ace"

Barbara Hey Martha!
Just wanted to say thanks for the friend request! I used to live in New york before I moved down here to North Carolina. Great city to live in. Well, hope all is well and have a great day!!

Maarleenaaa 8D hi Martha :D
Pleasure to meet you :)
how are you?

Dorlana Hi Martha,
Thanks for adding me to your friends list.
Have a great Wednesday.

Sally Shields Dear Martha,

Thanks so much for reaching out! I'm so excited to see that you live in the Bronx .... SO DO I!!!

Maybe someday we can meet for coffee, or maybe I can invite you to one of my jazz piano gigs!

I'm leaving tomorrow for a couple of weeks, but would you like to talk when I get back?

Also, I'd love to ask you a question about "O" ... you ROCK!

With admiration,
Sally :-)

Andrea Kulman Hi, Martha. Thanks for being a friend on Good Reads. Andrea M. Kulman, Author of The Drama Unfolds.

message 2: by Daniel (last edited Jun 28, 2008 07:38AM)

Martha, I've added your book Hats & Eyeglasses to my to-read list.

message 1: by Kate

Kate Hi Martha. I love that you describe your family as "cockamamie." Not a word you hear everyday, and awfully fun to say!

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