Monday, January 14, 2008

The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life

The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life
Kathy L. Patrick
Grand Central, Jan 2008, $13.99
ISBN: 9780446695428

Born and raised in Kansas, Kathy Patrick became a licensed cosmetologist and soon a book publisher’s representative. When she lost her position in the publishing industry due to downsizing, she decided to combine her two experiences. Kathy opened Beauty and the Book, which likes its title implies combined a salon with a bookstore. With the encouragement of her customers who debated the merits of books they read, Kathy soon created The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas reading group that took their literature seriously, but the meetings as a time to let down one’s hair (hard to do wearing a tiara).

Her well written autobiography is a terrific inspiration as she has become one of the diehards trying to get people literate and reading as Ms. Patrick believes this is a way to bring the world to anyone as well as a means to making strong friendships. The tiara wearing sisterhood anecdotes make this “Guide to Life” worth reading as these ladies will inspire the audience to join clubs.

Harriet Klausner

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