A multi-cast audio book featuring Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin, The Love Boat's Gavin Macleod, Tony and Emmy nominated Lainie Kazan, The Nanny's Renée Taylor, Grammy nominated Judy Tenuta and many more.
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, impossible Bubbie.
Managing Bubbie is a poignant memoir of the strength of family and individuals from a time long past. A time of struggle, tragedy, love, and hope. Surviving the Holocaust, poverty, war and crossing the Pyrenees during the winter with three children and finding her way to the US – this woman is formidable! Throughout the years of hearing about Bubbies life, her family now faces the decision of how to care for her in her elderly years and provide her with the comfort and peace she deserves while maintaining their own lives.
Russel Lazega weaves the tale of his Bubbie, Lea Lazega. Bubbie has never been a woman to take instruction well, rather she is a force to be reckoned with and she is not accommodating!
Lazega’s tale of Bubbie wrenches emotions from the listener leaving them laughing, crying and sitting in awe of this amazing woman’s journey through life. Entertaining as it is, it is also a testament to how far away we, as a society, have moved from our elderly and our lack of strength as an individual and as a family.
I enjoyed this book very much as it reminded me of my great-grandparents, grandparents and my parents – their stories and my lack of any. The multi-cast performance was enjoyable and well done. It is not an audiobook one can listen to and then jump into something else, this is one of those rare books that make you FEEL!
Production quality was good and there were no issues.
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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