The Smartest Woman I Knowby Ilene Beckerman
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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.
- Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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Meet the Author
Ilene Beckerman was nearly sixty when she began her writing career. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Ladies’ Home Journal. She has judged People's "Best and Worst Dressed" issue and has traveled the country, speaking to women's groups. “Sometimes,” she says, “i feel like Grandma Moses—she didn’t start until later in life either—but i try not to look like her.”
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I loved this book. I bought it for my Grandma and my friends Grandma too. It was witty, heartfelt and funny. I had bought another one of Ilene Beckermans books and I enjoyed this one as much as the first one I bought, I find her books very relatable no matter what your background is. This book brought a smile too my face as I reflected back on all the wonderful memories I had with my Grandmother. Let's just say I am a fan...
I loved this book. A celebration of grandmothers, beautifully written. And very funny! Makes me appreciate my grandma all the more. I love Beckerman's writing style and end up buying her books as gifts for all my friends. Looking forward to the next one.
This book is charming, nostalgic, and wise. It's a lovely gift, a thank you to the author's grandmother that will resonate with both grandmothers and granddaughters.