Smart bets: Lori Horvitz

“At 19, I was a rebel, a long way from that shy girl in the Long Island hot pink bedroom,” writes local author Lori Horvitz in her new book, The Girls of Usually. “To prove it, I shaved stripes into my hairy legs.” The collection of memoir essays, at once witty and self-effacing, follows Horvitz through her awkward youth (she practiced magic) to her misadventures as a world traveler. If Horvitz was a misfit, the reader benefits from her off-kilter observations: “My only fond memory of Hebrew school was riding on back of Mr. Wilkomersky’s motorcycle,” she writes. “When it was my turn, I wrapped my arms around his waist and shut my eyes and felt the wind whip against my face and thought, ‘Maybe this is what it means to be a Jew.’ But Mr. Wilkomersky got fired for endangering our lives.” Horvitz presents The Girls of Usually at Malaprop’s on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. malaprops.com. Photo courtesy of the author

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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