learn something new every day:


A $5000 hamburger? The opportunity to be in control of the Bellagio Fountains? Here are 10 Ways to Experience the Luxurious Side of Las Vegas.

Read All Entries

get the latest from Lois

Stay connected to the Oasis!

“molly’s game” book giveaway

Molly's Game

Happy New Year, everyone!

I thought I’d start 2018 with a giveaway of a book by someone who probably has a few New Year’s resolutions of her own.

Molly’s Game is the memoir on which the new movie is based. Jessica Chastain stars as Molly Bloom, at one time the number three ranked U.S. skier, who ends up running one of the largest high-stakes poker games in the country at the age of 26 until the FBI shuts her down.

The movie is fast-paced and riveting, and Jessica Chastain (one of my favorite actresses) is deservedly on the short list for an Oscar nomination and has already been nominated for a Golden Globe. Idris Elba stars as Molly’s lawyer, which is icing on the cake, and Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue is, as always, sharp and snappy. The opening sequence is Sorkin at his best, and he’s also been nominated for a Golden Globe.

The book is equally fascinating, especially since it’s written by Molly herself. I would love to meet Molly, who Chastain portrays as smart, compassionate and tenacious. I have no doubt she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to – which makes her story a great way to start a new year.

Molly's Game book

So you can prepare yourself for the movie, I’m giving away copies of Molly’s Game to four lucky Midlife at the Oasis readers.

For a chance to win, you must be a subscriber to my weekly newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber, first sign up in the right sidebar of this page. Then, simply leave a comment below.

For a second chance to win, tweet this:

Contest ends on January 7 at midnight Pacific time. Winners will be notified by return email. Prizes can only be sent to a U.S. mailing address.

Here’s hoping 2018 is a royal flush of a year – only in the poker sense, please.


  1. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    I found myself totally absorbed in the movie. I confess to not following every detail — it moved at such a fast pace — but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment. I also kept thinking that my 2 month-old granddaughter has Jessica Chastain’s chin, so there was that. 🙂

    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      Ha ha ha! I was totally absorbed, too. Hilarious about your adorable granddaughter. Maybe she’ll have Jessica Chastain’s talent, too! xo

  2. Susan Bailey says:

    December has been the worst month of my life with:
    2 deaths,
    2 funerals,
    1 flood of 3 inches of water in our lower level,
    1 cracked boiler on our hot water heating system causing the flood in our house,
    19 plus days of no main heating system in operation with record cold temperatures while waiting for our replacement boiler to be delivered,
    & my microwave died today after my first cup of hot tea.
    I could really use a good read as a distraction!
    Happy New Year!

  3. email subscriber – All I can say is 2018 just has to be a better year than 2017.

  4. Marci Cornelius says:
  5. Della Janis says:

    Need to read the book for my book club.

  6. I can’t wait to see this movie, plus I love that a woman is a protagonist. Plus I love Jessica Chastain!!

  7. bob pearl says:

    the year could have been a lot better if we would have a real president at the white house but on the good side it does prove that anyone can win even if they cheated and lied and had the russians help you. So for this year lets hope we make some important changes like not ever letting anyone on the ballot if they haven’t shown their taxes and has a mental test and then to balance out the government so it isnt so loop sided much like the legal system,lol

  8. Fran Pillersdorf says:

    Loved the film
    Want to read the book

  9. Barbara Lima says:

    I would love to read the book!

  10. I have yet to read or see the movie. Thanks for the chance!

  11. I believe everything you tell me. So I’m in to read this book and go see this movie! Plus, like Cathy Chester, I love Jessica Chastain.

  12. Jessica C.’s one of my all-time favorites, too! Can’t wait to see this movie…but promise to read the book first (especially if I win it, of course)!

  13. Cynthia Richardson says:

    I hope to read the book before I see the movie.

  14. Cynthia Richardson says:
  15. ROBYN TALBOTT says:

    I saw the movie–with free passes! I wanted to go right away and see it again. There are few movies that I see that make me want to read the book as well…this is one of them! Thank you for the review. I trust you enormously!

    Thanks and Happy New Year.

  16. Happy new year! Thanks for this chance!

  17. Molly’s story is really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I have not read the book or seen the movie, but I am motivated. And, it’s my birthday month…would be a great present!

Speak Your Mind