Managing Bubbie was a fast and very enjoyable read. It’s got two layers – 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 – 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 – 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.
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★★★★★ 5 stars
I was really mesmerized with Bubbie Lea’s personality, with her willpower, her direction and her incredible resourcefulness while getting her family out of what looked like truly imbossible disasters. Lea is someone truly worthy of awe and respect. She’s someone that truly owns her life – and no nazis, no poverty or mean bureaucratic paper pushers were ever going to take – it away from her. And it seems, neither can old age.
I love reading stories of people who braved impossible hardship and made it – its easy to understand why. They’re incredibly motivating. But this one was more than that – I’m not sure I’ve ever read a story, a real story, in which the people got so much help at just the right time, just the right moment. Not to downplay Lea’s ability to fend for herself and her family – more than once, it was only her cunning that saved them, but it seems the right choice or a helping hand would always appear in the worst times. It’s as if Lea was truly led by a higher power, and it’s always incredible to read stories like that. Make no mistake – the author doesn’t draw any such conclusions or make allusions about any higher powers at all – it’s just that as the story goes on, you start wondering, just how much luck is luck?
I also really loved the way Jewish family and home culture was opened up, shown to the reader – its as if it’s an open window, or even like you’re a guest in the house. A people’s culture at large is one thing and we can learn about it in many ways, but learning of the “inner” home culture – all the little things that make up the day to day lines of a people – now that is harder to learn about just like that. And that’s what I also loved about this book. It’s truly unique to read about family culture from up this close.Managing Bubbie is a story of an amazing life led by a woman who not only saved her family from nazi terror, but, most importantly, kept her joy of life. ★★★★★ 5 stars: Click To Tweet
But Beware Of The Triggers
It’s a book about the life of Jews in WWII, so you probably know what kind of triggers to expect from this book. They aren’t graphic, but survival troubles are mentioned.
I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the ebook through NetGalley in exchange to my honest opinion. Receiving the book for free does not affect my opinion.
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