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Her devoted family only wants the best for their Bubbie.
Mostly they want to ensure that their matriarch’s twilight years are
spent in comfort, safety, and serenity. But how do you manage an aging,
immutably stubborn Holocaust survivor who has risen above the squalor of
Poland’s ghettos; fled across the war-torn German wilderness; and
survived the winter-ravaged Pyrenees alone on foot with three children?
You probably don't.
Managing Bubbie is the heartrending,
hilarious family memoir by Russel Lazega that recounts the frequently
hectic, ever-exhausting trials of one Jewish family in Miami Beach as
they try to oversee the care of the elderly, unmanageable Lea Lazega. As
they scramble for an acceptable assisted living facility and struggle
to get her medication in line, they discover the difficulties of
controlling a woman who time and again eluded catastrophe by refusing to
be told what to do.
A tapestry of an American family in the
1980s, Managing Bubbie also revisits the Holocaust period to mine
the love, hope, and humor that emerged from the deepest despair. Anyone
who savors a soft heart with a sharp funny bone will laugh, cry, and
commiserate with the confounded family who must manage their beloved,
Apr 04, 2015Wonderful true story about strength during the hardest times. It shows that you have to follow your gut. This strong woman was able to get her family out of Belgium when the Nazis invaded. It's a story of resilience with humor, as well. And I can vouch that this is all true because this woman was my grandmother.
Mar 18, 2017The depths of the human heart are fathomless. A book like this makes us realize this yet again while helping us travel in the new dimensions.
May 19, 2015Managing Bubbie reminded me of my own bubbie. She fled the old country to get away from the Nazis. She settled in NY, married and raised 4 children.
Mar 03, 2015Hey, what do you expect? I wrote it.
May 30, 2015Reviewed on behalf of Readers' Favorite
Apr 14, 2015The author's grandmother was a "true Miami Beach Jewish bubbie" who admonished the new college student author to write about her life story: something that he ignored at the time, but which would come back to haunt him ten years later.
Apr 23, 2015Absolutely love this book! Masterfully told with eloquence and dead on dialogue. A gripping story of a mother and her young children's' miraculous escape from the Nazi's woven together witht a story we don't often get to hear: how they ended up forty years later. Two great stories in one -- hopeful and humorous. -- suspenseful and touching. Best reaad of the year!
Jun 19, 2019Managing Bubbie was a fast and very enjoyable read. It's got two layers â€“ the story is told in alternating chapters of Bubbie Lea's old age in the United States and her impossibly hard youth, navigating nazi Europe and looking for a way to keep her family alive. The story is masterfully written â€“ I couldn't pry myself away. And despite dealing with real hardships, it's not told in a sad way at all. On the contrary, its full of humor â€“ especially so with the chapters about the present, but Managing Bubbie was a fast and very enjoyable read. It's got two layers â€“ the story is told in alternating chapters of Bubbie Lea's old age in the United States and her impossibly hard youth, navigating nazi Europe and looking for a way to keep her family alive. The story is masterfully written â€“ I couldn't pry myself away. And despite dealing with real hardships, it's not told in a sad way at all. On the contrary, its full of humor â€“ especially so with the chapters about the present, but there's still plenty of it even in the chapters about war hardship. It's told in a very sober, light tone, so its an exceptional read.
Nov 28, 2015This book made laugh on minute then cry the next, over and over. This so much reminded me of what it was like to deal with my grandfather who was difficult in his old age. He too told some amazing stories.
Nov 10, 2015Many thanks to the author for this book won through goodreads.
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Feb 17, 2018Great story about how strong a mother/women can be. Reminded me of my Bubbe who survived the war.
Nov 14, 2016Decent and entertaining book. Not one that will keep you up at night just to finish it, but a good average read nonetheless. Read most of it on a cruise and left the book in the ships library for someone else to read.
May 25, 2015A quick and easy read. I agree with the comments I read that this would make a great movie. A very dramatic escape story mixed with touching and humorous screenplay-style flash forwards. I would look forward to seeing it in theaters. It had just right mix of humor, drama and history. I highly recommend this book.
Apr 14, 2015Managing Bubbie is everything I expected it to be and so more! It is such a meaningful read on so many levels.
May 29, 2015I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Russel Lazega gives an accurate account of the hard days in the 1980's when his family came together to attempt freedom. There is compassion, courage and even at times some funny times that emerged during the days of the Holocaust.
May 07, 2015Wonderfully written. The depth of affection Mr. Lazega obviously had for his â€œBubbieâ€ was palpable and is the driving force behind this terrific memoir, which is actually two books in one.
Nov 02, 2016This book was entered and was a FINALIST in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Apr 14, 2017This book took me along time to read for such a short book. I think because the flashback every other chapter was distracting. I think the Grandmother's story of moving from country to country to escape the Nazis was the best part of the book, would have liked to read more of that but perhaps that was all the Grandson knew of the story.
Nov 27, 2019A heartwarming memoir about the life of the authorâ€™s grandmother and her never ending strength.
Mar 31, 2018This book is absolutely astounding! I'm on my second time through now and learning more details I somehow missed the first time.
Jan 25, 2018Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega was much more enjoyable and rewarding than I expected. I assumed it would be another sweet, loving memoir of one's family and it is certainly that, but it is also much more. Lazega tells the story of his grandmother, who he calls Bubbie, who managed to escape persecution and death for herself and her children during World War II by sheer will, determination, and strength. The book alternates between telling the story of Bubbie's difficult and dangerous escape and Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega was much more enjoyable and rewarding than I expected. I assumed it would be another sweet, loving memoir of one's family and it is certainly that, but it is also much more. Lazega tells the story of his grandmother, who he calls Bubbie, who managed to escape persecution and death for herself and her children during World War II by sheer will, determination, and strength. The book alternates between telling the story of Bubbie's difficult and dangerous escape and amusing vignettes of Bubbie after her escape. The mood and the tone shift from harrowing to hilarious and it is very effective. The result is a rewarding journey into the life a common, everyday woman who is in reality a hero. Bubbie's insight into life offers advice that we would all be wise to follow. This is one that I highly recommend. ...more
Jan 10, 2019Both heartbreaking and joyful. I both cried and laughed out loud. So wonderful. Thank you to the author for sharing your familyâ€™s story.
Feb 13, 2019I received a copy of Managing Bubbie from. Russel Lazega in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 05, 2018My original Managing Bubbie audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.
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