Russel Lazega - Managing Bubbie

Managing Bubbie

5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


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WINNER OF 5 BOOK AWARDS. Her devoted family only wants the best for their Bubbie (Jewish term of endearment for a grandmother). 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 LeaLazega. 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.


2 reviews for Managing Bubbie

  1. 5 out of 5


    Russel Lazenga’s format for the book is to share brief moments in current times which center around his extended family and then to flashback to the struggle and journey that Bubbie faced in trying to get her family out of Europe in the beginnings of WWII. Its a touching story and the reader gets to experience the frustrations and fear that Bubbie experienced. Her drive to save her family when faced with unfathomable odds was truly inspiring. I would highly recommend this book as a standard for determination and sheer guts.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Loved. Loved. Loved this book. Truly shows the lengths that a mother will go to for her children. I laughed, cried and won’t soon forget this strong-willed and hilarious grandmother with quite a story to tell.

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