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The Smartest Woman I Know

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Ilene Beckerman’s first book “illuminates the experience of an entire generation of women,” wrote the New York Times Book Review in a full page of praise for Love, Loss, and What I Wore. It became a bestseller and inspired the hit Off-Broadway play by the same name. Now, Gingy returns with her fifth illustrated treasure, The Smartest Woman I Know—a tribute to the insightful woman who raised her.

It’s been said there’s nobody as smart as an old woman. That’s Gingy’s grandmother, Ettie, though she had no more than a third-grade education. She dispensed unforgettable wisdom to Gingy and her sister, Tootsie, as well as to the customers at her and (her husband) Mr. Goldberg’s stationery and magazine store, where customers ranged from Irish nannies to Sara Delano Roosevelt to Marlene Dietrich. Clever about life and love, food and men, Ettie had advice for everyone, and it didn’t hurt that she got some of her best ideas from talking things over with God, out loud.

Known for bringing wit and emotion to issues that concern women, depth and poignancy to subjects as seemingly trivial as clothes, beauty, and bridesmaids, Gingy now magically brings the irrepressible Ettie Goldberg to life.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 27, 2011 – The good news for readers of Beckerman's tale of her grandmother Ettie's practical wisdom: Ettie's epigrams are packaged in a quick, amusing read, complete with quirky illustrations. The bad news? There's not enough of it. Continuing reminiscences of her life that started with the much-praised Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Beckerman turns her focus to her Goldberg grandparents. In 1929 they established a candy store on the Upper East Side that eventually expanded to become Madison Stationers. Ettie was comfortable talking with clientele as varied as Sara Delano Roosevelt or an Irish nanny. What did she have in common with them? They were mothers; therefore, they worried. Beckerman's scanty sketches, literally and figuratively, of the six years she lived with the Goldbergs lack in-depth exploration of Ettie, whose dicta are sometimes revealing, but often merely platitudes, such as "sometimes life is all about the song you sing." Nevertheless, Beckerman has rendered a service to those for whom their forebears' immigrant experiences are remote, while at the same time lovingly honoring her grandmother.
The Smartest Woman I Know
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  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Sep 05, 2011
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • Seller: Workman Publishing Co., Inc.
  • Print Length: 112 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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