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Nobody will tell you this but me

by Kalb, Bess, 1987-

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"A funny, warm, original memoir in which a grandmother speaks to her granddaughter from beyond the grave, telling, with candor and humor, stories from both their lives--of kinship, loyalty, tenacity, and love"--
My mother
Your mother
Our life together
After me.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "TV writer Kalb's first book is voiced from the perspective of her late maternal grandmother, Bobby. Speaking to the author, whom she calls Bessie, Bobby shares what Kalb's author's note calls "a matrilineal love story, drawn from her life, and dedicated to her memory." Readers will grasp Kalb's artful and imaginative conceit easily, and appreciate it, because with Kalb operating the spotlight, Bobby is the charming, hilarious, and ever-quotable star of her own one-woman show. In conversation with Bessie and thus all of us, Bobby introduces her mother, who paid for her own terrifying journey from Russia to the U.S. as a child; recalls the challenges of having her own daughter; and the joys of becoming grandmother and best friend to Bessie. She can even explain her death, and what comes after. Kalb interrupts and augments Bobby's narrative with family photographs and transcripts of her and Bobby's conversations, phone calls, and voice mail messages. Mixing in day-to-day practicalities, crystalline deliveries of amazing family tales, and oft-repeated lines, Kalb-as-Bobby crafts an uncanny rendering of two whole, wholly connected women and their unshakable bond. This is a monumental act of attention, love, and memory, and readers will almost certainly be affected by it."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Kalb honors her late grandmother, Bobby Bell, in an amusing debut memoir written in the grandmother's sassy voice. The book, framed as a love letter to Kalb and featuring excerpts from grandma's funny voice mails and phone calls, contains intriguing family stories about Kalb's great-grandmother, who, at 12, emigrated to New York from Belarus, alone, to escape Jewish persecution; about Bobby's marriage to Kalb's grandfather, a scrappy businessman who got rich building houses; and about Bobby's contentious relationship with Kalb's fiercely independent mother. Kalb does a great job of capturing the voice of an opinionated, chronically concerned grandmother who's convinced that she knows best. Bobby shares her thoughts on everything from Kalb's choice of pets ("we are not cat people") to her decision to live in San Francisco ("San Francisco is for people who wear polar fleece to restaurants and try to convince each other to go camping"). The book spans Bobby's life and beyond (there are cheeky sections written from beyond the grave) and offers both wisdom and unsolicited advice ("you'd be gorgeous if you went a little blonder"). This is a fun, touching tribute to family, and the perfect book for anyone who treasures their domineering, spirited grandmother. (Mar.)"
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Subjects Kalb, Bess, 1987-
Grandmothers Anecdotes
Grandparent and child Anecdotes
Biography & Autobiography
Family & Relationships
Humor (Nonfiction)
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780525654728
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