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If trained in the brushing room, the Footman can provide personal service as a backup valet. What confused me was that quote on the "Provide Service" part of the Glossary because it explains the Housekeeper ability to be used as a Maid if there are no Maids available and this doesn't need any Service tile special ability and then says the exact same thing regarding Footman and Valets without referencing that this is only possible if you have the Brushing Room, that's what caused the confusion to me.

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While Mr. Gordy was racing thoroughbreds, and Michael Jackson was shilling for Pepsi, a segment of black America had hardened into a seemingly permanent underclass. The new reality of inner-city life-draconian drug laws, Jamaican posses-required a new music. All organic connection to the black Southern Baptist church, and any fealty to the dulcet Sam Cooke, was lost forever. Kempton does his best to bridge the yawning gap between the death of Motown and the birth of hip-hop by stretching our understanding of funk. But Fahey, of course, is what Mr.

Kempton aspires to as its ultimate crossover fan. Every white person writing about black music is in danger of falling into the same trap, and the warning sign is always a look, ma, they let me on the Mothership!

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When Arthur Kempton was a little boy, he wanted to be an Afronaut. Any book intent on giving Holland-Dozier-Holland their due, and that resurrects, if only in passing, the name of the great forgotten purveyors of Philly soul, the Delfonics, is a book worth poring over. The footnotes, a virtually uninterrupted string of ibid. The most egregious example: Mr.

And all the while, another thesis has been staring Mr. Kempton in the face. Thomas A. As Mr. It should never be forgotten, oh felix culpa , that blues is the child of the field holler, and soul music a legacy of Jim Crow. But the music of black Americans is so routinely portrayed as a dignified response to exploitation-and as the wellspring of an authenticity born of sweltering oppression-that Mr. And another, and another. Mostly upper-middle-class women living in New York or some place like it, they act out their darkest impulses, the ones the rest of us try to suppress.

They watch porn, sleep with the wrong people, flout widely accepted truths. Their predicaments are familiar: They juggle careers and kids and cope with men who let them down. The author makes their life crises hilarious and painful at the same time. And in that faint tranquility I could begin to feel briefly myself, meaning my prebaby self, which, since the birth, seemed to have died. She earns our sympathy as she struggles to fit the unforgiving mold of the Stepford mom.

Wexler brings the Manhattan version of Mommy-and-me culture to brilliant life. But she has already met Rodman, the African clerk at the porn palace near Times Square.

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The Porno Girl can choose to subscribe to it or not. In the former, year-old Evelyn falls in and out of awe with her neighbor Marcia, a tragic figure whose husband is coming out of the closet. What had I done wrong? In some instances, Ms. Wexler is less successful at exploiting her subjects. Unfortunately, the nameless narrator morphs into the appalling house mistress from The Nanny Diaries. In an otherwise bleak emotional environment, we encounter simple, sensual images.

These moments of poetry stand out; elsewhere the prose is relentlessly crisp, as detached as many of Ms. With its unhappy depictions of family life and exclusively feminine perspective, The Porno Girl and Other Stories belongs to the current wave of fiction and nonfiction battering the women-having-it-all myth. I note, however, that Merin Wexler, a native New Yorker, is married, with two children. So this is the more hopeful lesson I take away from my brief affair with her book: Relationships, maternal and otherwise, are difficult but not impossible.

Pity the poor true-crime writer. To tell a compelling tale of murder and madness, she must have the skills of a reporter, the eye of a novelist and the mind of a shrink.

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But her first foray into reportage, Invisible Eden , about the murder a year and a half ago of Christa Worthington, the glam fashion writer turned Cape Cod single mom, is only marginally successful. Maybe you read the newspaper accounts of the Worthington murder, coming as they did, in early , as a kind of tabloid relief after months of relentless Sept.

The murder shocked the resort town that had seen little violence, though plenty of gossip. Christa was a Worthington, a member of a slightly down-at-the-heels but nonetheless patrician New England family that had been summering there for years. Initially, Mr. Jackett was a suspect-or what Ms. This is great, dramatic stuff-the kind of story dozens of journalists would have loved to sign book deals for.

And early on, Ms. Like Worthington, Ms. Flook is also a single mother, and a writer. Jackett, Mr. Flook never quite gets the story. Who killed Christa Worthington, and why? Flook can suggest is that the killer was either Jackett or Arnold or some other current or ex-lover, of which Christa had many. But the even more important question that Ms. And while Ms.

Which is surprising, since the author, both in her previous works and in this one, reveals herself to be far from traditional when it comes to social behavior. Flook often proudly attaches herself to the single-mom aspect of the story, wearing her own similar social status as a badge of courage. The assistant D. Flook portrays many of her meetings with Mr. Along with the relationship Christa had with Mr.

Jackett, this is the partnership at the center of Invisible Eden , an ultimately frustrating book. Sara Nelson, the publishing columnist for The Observer , is a senior contributing editor at Glamour.

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