Bubbe Meises Publishers: “Author Karen Gooen had a plan: if she could find the right mentor, the quintessential mah jongg maven, then perhaps she could master the game. Searching for Bubbe Fischer is the story of her quest to become an expert, and the unexpected wisdom she learned along the way.”
As the author states in her note, this is a book about American-style mah jongg, as standardized by the National Mah Jongg League (NMJL). It's a book that chronicals like a daily diary her discovery of the game, and her efforts learning to play by the offical rules, as well as her having to come to terms with learning to play by the unwriten rules of the NMJL society and politics.
For fellow enthusiasts, the reader may very well find parallels with their own life and process of learning to play NMJL mah jongg within the pages of this book, written in easy to read comfortable prose.
Additonally, aside from sharing her personal experiences in Part One of the book, Mrs. Gooen gives the reader more bonus content in Part Two, wherein she covers the more technical discussions of the game. Part Two includes a beginner's guide with various strategic pointers on how to master the game, how to master the NMJL card, and how to pick a hand worth going for. If you've already mastered those points, there is even an advanced section for the more experienced players.
For the more ambitious reader, contained within are also pointers on how to run your own tournaments, and how to modify the game to accomodate atypical numbers of players, from three, to five, and more.
‘Searching for Bubbe Fischer: the Path to Mah Jongg Wisdom’ by Karen Gooen and published by Bubbe Meises Publishers, touches on pretty much every topic a NMJL player may want to read about, and may very well resonate with the reader's personal experience in the process of learning to play one of the most popular games in the world.
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9907601-2-2
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9907601-7-7