Managing Bubbie



Managing Bubbie WINNER OF BOOK AWARDS 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 S, 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

Author Russel Lazega is a lawyer living in North Miami Beach, Florida He is a columnist for the Aventura News and the author of several nonfiction publications, including Florida Motor Vehicle No Fault Law and Practice PIP , the nation s leading treatise on Florida car insurance law that stirred tremendous excitement throughout Florida s bustling community of insurance agents and insurance lawye Author Russel Lazega is a lawyer living in North Miami Beach, Florida He is a columnist for the Aventura News and the author of several nonfiction publications, including Florida Motor Vehicle No Fault Law and Practice PIP , the nation s leading treatise on Florida car insurance law that stirred tremendous excitement throughout Florida s bustling community of insurance agents and insurance lawyers Managing Bubbie is Lazega s first foray into creative nonfiction When he is not writing, or chasing after a pair of fire breathing, house wrecking T rexes impersonating small children, the author can be found kayaking the waterways of South Florida, venturing as far as the tide will take him from his loving, but indescribably overbearing, family

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  • Paperback
  • 237 pages
  • Managing Bubbie
  • Russel Lazega
  • English
  • 21 July 2018
  • 1499126298

10 thoughts on “Managing Bubbie

  1. Evie Singer says:

    Wonderful 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.

  2. Pawan Mishra says:

    The 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.The book is a powerful memoir of a young mother braving through Nazi occupied Europe, doing everything possible to protect her three young children from the biggest man made catastrophe in the history of mankind On the other side, the book also pictures a stubborn Holocaust survivor who just wouldn t follow the normal while continuing her life in the assis The 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.The book is a powerful memoir of a young mother braving through Nazi occupied Europe, doing everything possible to protect her three young children from the biggest man made catastrophe in the history of mankind On the other side, the book also pictures a stubborn Holocaust survivor who just wouldn t follow the normal while continuing her life in the assisted living facility Full of struggle, love, hope, sacrifice, humor, and a miracle, the book is one of the best I have read on the Holocaust

  3. Mark Young says:

    Managing 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 When I d see her i d get the same i vant you should just like Russell This book should be a best seller, after all it will make you laugh, make you cry and hopefully be an inspiration for you.I am sure Russel s Bubbie is kveling

  4. Russel Lazega says:

    Hey, what do you expect I wrote it But seriously, for those interested in the holocaust memoir genre this book brings something new a perspective that mines the hope, love, compassion and even humor that a strong human heart can find despite confronting the most horrific circumstances The memoir uses alternating chapters to meld two special stories 1 an action packed biographical tale of a young mother racing through Nazi occupied Europe, surviving on her wits as she struggles to find a Hey, what do you expect I wrote it But seriously, for those interested in the holocaust memoir genre this book brings something new a perspective that mines the hope, love, compassion and even humor that a strong human heart can find despite confronting the most horrific circumstances The memoir uses alternating chapters to meld two special stories 1 an action packed biographical tale of a young mother racing through Nazi occupied Europe, surviving on her wits as she struggles to find any escape for her three children and 2 a heartwarming and even humorous Golden Girls style story of that same that same headstrong survivor some 40 odd years later as her confounded family grapples with the question how you manage a cantankerous old bird who time and again has escaped the unthinkable by refusing to stay in line The answer of the book is you probably don t Bubbie s thoughts on the fifth assisted living facility she was about to be thrown out of It s a concentration camp, she d shout, pounding her lunch tray on the table They re concentrating people Can you believe it All day these people vait around to die like a death camp In Europe I ran to get out from the concentration camps, and after all that, you gonna put me there now I ll escape I escaped from Hitler, I can escape from here

  5. Diane says:

    The 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.Managing Bubbie may be the result of a direct order, but there s nothing compelling readers to pick it up nothing but the promise of a hilarious, fun read about a cantankerous, determined, warm achiever who brought her children to a new world and raised them well The 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.Managing Bubbie may be the result of a direct order, but there s nothing compelling readers to pick it up nothing but the promise of a hilarious, fun read about a cantankerous, determined, warm achiever who brought her children to a new world and raised them well.Her name was once Lea, not bubbie Once, she came to a country her Polish parents had visited and left Once, she changed worlds And in Lazega s world, family interactions swirl around her outrageous statements and their equally ribald results.Family memoirs permeate the biography and autobiography markets There are Jewish brunches galore there are much celebrated, fun family characters who enjoy the limelight on the written page as much as they did at the head of the family table They will live forever in the former position as does Bubbie, here, in Managing Bubbie.Conversations between Bubbie and family members are juxtaposed with biographical reviews of her life events and create an especially satisfying story line that moves neatly between the two approaches and rounds out events with personal perspective something many stories fail to achieve in their drive to choose one approach third person story telling over another first person experience.From imprisonment to freedom, the rise of fascism in Europe and a great escape, Bubbie s life is always the center of action and activity, offering trials, challenges, hope, and keen, penetrating observations.Any who want to be moved by their biographical reading to feel part of a family circle and part of past and present Jewish worlds abroad and in America, will find Managing Bubbie a powerful read

  6. Heather Osborne says:

    Reviewed on behalf of Readers FavoriteManaging Bubbie by Russel Lazega is a heartwarming and hysterical memoir of his Bubbie, Lea Lazega Intermixed with a narrative about her harrowing journey across Europe to America during World War Two, are snippets of conversations between various family members, providing insight into the modern life of this courageous woman As the Nazis invade countries in Europe, Lea manages to escape by the skin of her teeth with her three small children Being Jewi Reviewed on behalf of Readers FavoriteManaging Bubbie by Russel Lazega is a heartwarming and hysterical memoir of his Bubbie, Lea Lazega Intermixed with a narrative about her harrowing journey across Europe to America during World War Two, are snippets of conversations between various family members, providing insight into the modern life of this courageous woman As the Nazis invade countries in Europe, Lea manages to escape by the skin of her teeth with her three small children Being Jewish at this time was difficult enough, but Lea continues to show courage in the face of adversity, finally managing to get her children out of Europe, back to America and safety.I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir Mr Lazega had me from the beginning, as I am a huge Neil Simon fan I was reminded of Brighton Beach Memoirs, a play I have directed, in the way he portrayed the scenes of his family life Eveninspiring was Lea s journey through war torn Europe I can only imagine the fear she must have felt, knowing at any moment, they could be caught and sent to a concentration camp I did not want the story to end, and I wanted to know what exactly happened to Eva and Lea s first husband Mr Lazega has done an impeccable job weaving together the memories and experiences of his Bubbie I loved the addition of letters and photographs to bring evenlife to the colorful members of his family Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega is certainly a different type of Holocaust memoir, one of hope, inspiration, and humor

  7. Leslie Chaviano says:

    Absolutely 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

  8. Brooke says:

    Great story about how strong a mother women can be Reminded me of my Bubbe who survived the war.

  9. Jessica says:

    This 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.This is really well edited and flowed smoothly It was sort of weird to bounce back and forth between present day conversations and stories from the past, but I quickly got used to it.I won this on Librarything, I did not promise a review.

  10. thewanderingjew says:

    Managing Bubbie, Russel LazegaI loved this tender story It was a nostalgic look back for me because I am familiar with the times and places mentioned in the book The book will charm anyone who has had the good fortune to be born in the era of bubbies and to have had someone in their life that resembled one Sadly, my bubbie was only with me for the first 7 years of my life My mom was one of the youngest of almost a dozen children, so I met my bubbie as she neared the end of her life Decades Managing Bubbie, Russel LazegaI loved this tender story It was a nostalgic look back for me because I am familiar with the times and places mentioned in the book The book will charm anyone who has had the good fortune to be born in the era of bubbies and to have had someone in their life that resembled one Sadly, my bubbie was only with me for the first 7 years of my life My mom was one of the youngest of almost a dozen children, so I met my bubbie as she neared the end of her life Decades later, I still recall the warmth and the special feeling I had when I was with her With her grey braided hair crowning her head, she was the embodiment of love as she would pull me onto her lap in the front parlor or ask that I sit next to her on the daybed and choose a candy from the ever present, always filled, tin of treats in the bottom of the bureau drawer Today, the idea of a bubbie, is almost extinct Bubbies have had to make way for themodern grandmother, one who doesn t always even admit to being one, let alone being a great grandmother The term is fast being thrown into the dustbin of history, replaced bychic names that do not indicate age or wrinkling or their special charm Today we have nanas, mimis, gagas and manyunusual titles that do not indicate in any way their relationship to their grandchildren Also, mothers are older so the likelihood of even having a bubbie is diminished even further.Russel Lazega has cleverly and wittily, defied logic, by combining the horrors of his bubbie s Holocaust experience with her present day life in America, without making it too heavy a message to bear His bubbie is a character who possesses both humor and sternness, who can be stubborn and yet pliable but above all, is always thinking of others, always clever, always smart and also unashamedly manipulative in order to accomplish her goals, in order to survive This is his story of Lea Winter Lazega, his bubbie.His prose has a light touch which will sometimes make you smile at the antics of this old fashioned, determined woman who seems to be preoccupied by the effort to find him a spouse, and sometimes he will make you feel solemn as you read about the life she had in Europe, about how in the face of the worst possible consequences, she never gave in, never lost hope, and thus, survived and managed to carry others along with her, in that effort She had courage and fortitude Largely on her own, and without an education, she was able to lift herself up and make a better life for her family in America.Going back and forth in time, he contrasts her life as she tried to escape from the clutches of Hitler and his followers, with her future, the life she made for herself in America One thing that the book proves for certain to me, is that the absence of a bubbie in the lives of today s young children will leave its mark, or perhaps its absence will leave a hole, an emptiness that can be filled by no other A bubbie is a person who selflessly loves whole heartedly those that she feels responsible for, and she surely helps to shape the future of those with whom she interacts Hail to the bubbies, may they defy reason and continue to shine in the lives of others

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