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BOOK REVIEW: BUFFALO GAL
BY LAURA PEDERSEN

We hope you enjoy this book review by Teri Davis.



Memoirs should be written by people who are well-known and have a special distinction. Laura Pedersen definitely has that. She was the youngest person to ever have a seat on the American Stock Exchange and was a millionaire by the age of twenty-one.

Laura lived a rather unusual childhood as probably a child with ADHD before anyone supposedly had ADHD. She had difficulty in elementary school learning to read. In fact, some teachers truly thought she was mildly retarded. She was also allowed tremendous freedom to roam and do whatever she wanted. Added to that, Laura was an only child of parents who had a lingering divorce finalized after four-years and tremendous lawyer bills.

She early on learned about poker, betting on horses, and trading stocks from a variety of temporary mentors in her life. Also, school was not very important in the early years, but Laura quickly learned how to make money in many ways.

The memoir also centers around Buffalo, New York, its weather, trials, economic fatalities and successes, and the influence of this area upon Laura.

The bluntness and the openness of Laura Pedersen make this a vivid reminder of many of our childhoods in a similar time period. Reliving the time periods and the many fads, trends, and changes of the times was delightful and comical when Laura puts everything in her perspective.

This is simply fun to read. This is like going to your high school reunion without having to actually appear. The memories of the time are fun, but not something most of us would want to relive. Laura now lives in New York City where she teaches reading in East Harlem and continues to write.

REVIEWED BY TERI DAVIS

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