Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega

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"Part interfering yenta, part philosopher, part drama queen, Bubbie pontificates on life, guiding her extended family in America...Her stirring story is one that should be widely shared."
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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, impossible Bubbie.
 

About Russel Lazega

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Author Russel Lazega is a lawyer living in North Miami Beach, Florida. He is 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 sprawling 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.
 
Published February 16, 2015 by CreateSpace. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel.
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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 13 2015

A successful twofer: a moving ode to a beloved family matriarch and a valuable reminder about the role of history in shaping even seemingly ordinary lives.

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Excellent
on Oct 19 2015

"Part interfering yenta, part philosopher, part drama queen, Bubbie pontificates on life, guiding her extended family in America...Her stirring story is one that should be widely shared."

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Leslie chaviano 27 Sep 2015

Love this book. Highly recommend!

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Russel Lazega 27 Sep 2015

Rated the book as 5 out of 5

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Nilda Chaviano 21 Dec 2015

My niece gave me this book and i could not put it down. It's a moving family story of managing a stubborn but endearing holocaust survivor (mixed with the riveting story of her as young single moth...

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