Managing Bubbie

Managing Bubbie

by Russel Lazega

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Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499126297
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2015
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 251,262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Author Russel Lazega is a lawyer living in North Miami Beach, Florida. He is a columnist for the Aventura News and 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.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

PROLOGUE

A FAMILY AFFAIR

CHAPTER I: HOMEWARD BOUND?

IMPARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW

CHAPTER II: POLAND MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER, LEAVE ME ALONE

CHAPTER III: BESHERT A NOSE FOR TROUBLE

CHAPTER IV: A MATCH MADE IN POLAND

MANAGING BUBBIE

CHAPTER V: A STITCH IN TIME

CHAPTER VI: A FOOL'S FOLLY

TO SUE OR NOT TO SUE

CHAPTER VII: WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS

CHAPTER VIII: QUIET MIRACLES

TWO ROADS DIVERGED IN A WOOD AND SHE SAID TO HELL WITH BOTH OF THEM
CHAPTER IX: BRETAGNE

SIX DEGREES OF AGGRAVATION

CHAPTER X: ALBI
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB CHOP

CHAPTER XI: HUNGER

CHAPTER XII: CAMP

A LITTLE CONCENTRATION GOES A LONG WAY

CHAPTER XIII: LA COTE D'AZUR

CHAPTER XIV: ESCAPE

SOME THINGS ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR

CHAPTER XV: THE BATTLES OF A BOURGEOIS MARXIST

CHAPTER XVI: SOMEBODY GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE...GONE

CHAPTER XVII: VISIONS

A SORROWFUL SEA OF STONE

CHAPTER XVIII: MARSEILLE

CHAPTER XIX: UN BEBÉ FRANÇAIS

A EULOGY TO REMEMBER

CHAPTER XX: BLESSINGS FAMILY

CHAPTER XXI: THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

CONFOUNDING JEOPARDY

CHAPTER XXII: DEPARTURES

BROOKLYN RULES

CHAPTER XXIII: A MOMENT'S PEACE

THE OLDEST TRICK IN THE BOOK

CHAPTER XXIV: AMELIE-LES-BAINS

CHICKEN SOUP AND OTHER KILLERS

CHAPTER XXV: THE LONG WALK HOME

STRENGTH
CHAPTER XXVI: SPAIN

BURYING ABRAHAM

CHAPTER XXVII: VIVA LA REVOLUCIÓN

CHAPTER XXVIII: LOVING BARCELONA IN THE RAIN

CROSSWORDS

CHAPTER XIX: HOME SWEET HOMELESS

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND MEMORIES

CHAPTER XXX: A TIME TO LAUGH

CHAPTER XXXI: A RESCUE FROM ROOSEVELT

COMISERY LOVES COMPANY

CHAPTER XXXII: THE FORTUNATE FIFTY

YESTERDAY'S PAST

CHAPTER XXXIII: WAIT FOR WORD

WAR!

CHAPTER XXXIV: WAR

WHO'S COMPLAINING?

CHAPTER XXXV: HOMECOMING

A FAREWELL SALUTE

THE END

FAMILY ALBUM AND PHOTO EPILOGUE

AUTHOR'S NOTE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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Managing Bubbie 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
when I read books, usually I either like the dialogue, and the narrative seems flat (or too telling and long-winded) or the prose is good, but the conversations seem contrived and stiff. But I loved how seamlessly everything flowed in “Managing Bubbie” with the balance between the two nicely as this made it feel authentic and well- paced, making it hard to stop reading at any one particular point. It had it all, and was funnier than I expected, but also definitely raw and real and gritty…. Russel Lazega did a terrific job of taking us on an unforgettable, and ultimately fulfilling rollercoaster ride that I won’t soon forget, and I am genuinely glad I read this book. I wish I had a Bubbie in my life!
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
I loved Russel Lazega’s “Managing Bubbie”. He has captured several slices of history with wonderful details and drama starring an unforgettable woman. But what I loved most about the book was seeing what she (Lea) and others do in moments of great challenge or adversity. Do they rise to the occasion or fail? Are they heroes or cowards? Are they loyal to the people they love most or do they betray them? What is truly important , and are they doing the right thing? Lazega tells this enticing story with finesse and great heart and respect for his subjects. It’s hard to read through to the end and remain unaffected in some way. A definite recommended read.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
this was a totally unexpected delight for me, to be honest… from the description I was a little confused just what to expect, but I was intrigued by the quality writing sample and decided to dive right in. Well I wasn’t disappointed at all, in fact I think that “Managing Bubbie” is by far one of the more flat out interesting and humorous books I’ve read in a while. I like how it felt like we were so involved as Bubbie showed us her story, and we see what she sees, feel what she feels. Liked how Lazega writes very descriptively and with great passion. I kept wondering how it would all wrap up, but it totally did, and was a satisfying ending. Great last lines (haha) and I enjoyed the pictures.
NikkyH7117 More than 1 year ago
I knew by the 20% mark that I would really love this book and it would go on my “favorites” shelf, and I was right! I admit I had no real expectations when starting it, seeing as how I’d never read the author before and the description felt a bit generic to me. Wondered if he’d pull it off, and I truly believe he did! I was so immersed in this book and impressed with the level of detailing on almost every single aspect. A lesser author would have glossed over some of these scenes that Russel Lazega carefully and masterfully brought to life in a memorable way. And the characters… oh vey! Loved them all! Felt like a got a great dose of historical reality and some culture that is very different from my own. Very easy to read, with great pacing and pictures. And a handy glossary at the end, although it was a bit hard to figure out which words were for what. But it was helpful… Recommend.
CJ2277 More than 1 year ago
Oh wow, I loved this book and read the whole thing in one week, which is fast for me, especially considering I have no free time to read these days! But it just seemed to go by so fast and I never wanted to stop reading it, even late into the evening. I was mesmerized by the world Russel Lazega creates, one so realistic and authentic, yet something a mid-west country gal like myself will never experience. But it shed so much light on several topics that I haven’t thought all that much about and I’m really glad I was exposed to. It was incredible the way that Lazega was able to really put himself inside Lea/Bubbie’s ‘head’ to tell this story from her POV (mostly) and take us through her incredible life. It’s a great blend of fact and fiction, and it leaves you to wonder what is real and what isn’t… but it doesn’t really matter cause it’s such a great story. Too much happens in this book to cover properly in a short review so you really just have to read it for yourself… you will not be disappointed!
Coreeez More than 1 year ago
well, this book took me a long while to read, but in the end I’d say it was worth it! I like how everything came together, and I enjoyed every page! Russel Lazega writes VERY well… very descriptive and strong and we feel a great connection with the plight of Lea and her unorthodox life as she navigates through some substantial experiences. At times I felt a little confused as to the timing of the events and when the story was happening, as it would jump around quite a bit from past to present and place to place. And I disliked the heavy and frequent use of italics for the conversations. But other than those minor issues the editing is near flawless. The takeaway is satisfying, and overall a complex, wonderfully connected story about a fascinating, yet ordinary woman that pushes the boundaries of typical historical literature.
cvasquez More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I'm not one for rehashing the plot (that’s what the summary is for on the book description page), but trust me when I say you’ve never read anything like this before! It’s not a fast and easy read by any stretch, but it will take you through whole different lives and experiences that you’ve never thought of before. I felt a connection with each of these characters that I didn’t expect, especially ‘Bubbie’, and I thought the author’s narrative prose was some of the best I’ve read in a while, the way he brought the scenes to life, and the attention to historical and cultural details that gave this story genuine authenticity. I actually feel like I learned something and had a fun time doing it. Very cool!
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars How to describe this book, other than say it is by far one of the best books I’ve read in a long time! I have already loaned it to my mother to read, and my sister is right after her (it is right up their alley!) The author Russel Lazega pulls us in to the story right from the beginning pages, and skillfully narrates a wide-ranging storyline full of complex and deeply emotional issues. In my opinion it really is the characters who made this story so good, each so original and conflicted in their own way, and we pull for them throughout their personal journeys. A memorable read and a keeper for sure. Recommend for fans of historical drama/ Nonfiction.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
I didn’t think I would, but I loved this book! I didn’t want to ever stop reading, and at times I had to remind myself that I was reading a recounting of something “real” that had happened to “real people”, because it almost read like a fictional drama! But that is what made it so good. “Managing Bubbie” wastes no time in introducing us to the ‘star’ (Bubbie) and sets the tone and style right off the bat. I was already chuckling before I even finished the first page. Lazega does a great job as he sets up the scenes and grounds the reader in the historical and modern world-building, and does a wonderfully convincing job of creating a believable backdrop, wherever the scene is happening. The author also has a great “voice” in spinning these engaging and interesting plotlines all together, and the ending was perfect, even though I was disappointed when it was all over. Well done.
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars it took me some time to get into this book, and at first I wasn’t really sure where it was going. But the more I read the more I got into it, and thoroughly enjoyed this world and characters Russel Lazega writes of. It’s weird to think it’s actually real as parts really seem really hard to believe, but as they say, ‘truth is stranger than fiction’. I have a feeling that this book and the characters and their fates and experiences will stay with me for some time. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Lazega as he is truly a gifted storyteller AND writer (not necessarily the same thing…). A genuine heartwarming triumph of the human spirit. Loved it!
DarleneCupp More than 1 year ago
To say this is totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before would be an understatement. I’m not sure how to even describe this book as SO much happens, and it seems to touch on so many elements, themes, and subjects. Smooth pacing, plenty of action, and amazing characters/personalities, along with true, real life issues and drama makes this a definite winner in my eyes. I think that you need to take your time while reading it to really grasp everything the author is saying, as it will require some deeper thought and reasoning, and might even change your perspective on some things. Very interesting, and recommend to fans of modern and historical literary memoirs/bios.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
From the opening pages of MANAGING BUBBIE I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! Mr. Lazega sets of the scene and characters in a skillful way that not only draws us right in, but creates great visualizations (like we are watching a mini-series on TV) and elicits genuine emotional reactions. I truly cared about the characters’ fates, and was cracking up throughout out the book at some of the escapades – but other times I was holding back the tears. An interesting and diverse cast of characters, along with several intriguing plotlines interwoven against unique setting makes this a memorable read for me. Highly recommend.
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I’ve read by this author Russel Lazega, but I certainly hope it’s not the last. He has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that really-bring the characters to life with natural sounding dialogue and good action. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative of anything I’ve ever read before, which I thought it might be as I’ve read a few of these ‘holocaust survivor’ type books before. But this was nothing like those. It is a hefty read that covers a lot of territory, but does so with remarkable depth considering the heavy subject matter at times. It is humorous, quirky, jaw-dropping, surprising, sad, and inspiring… all the qualities I look for in a good book, and it delivered an emotional win in the end. Great pictures at the end too!. Recommended.
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
make no mistake, “Managing Bubbie” is definitely a compelling, unforgettable read, and one that will appeal to a wide variety of readers due to its far-reaching plotlines. This book covers so many topics, yet it all fits well together in a unique blend of family, life, and historical drama. The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought the beginning was a bit slow personally but then it picked up and flowed well. One thing I particularly liked was how we really felt like we were part of the story as it unfolded, instead of it just being “told” to us, on the outside looking in.. We feel like we are a part of the book and I recommend for fans of literary fiction who’d like to experience an extraordinary woman’s remarkable life.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
Holey moley, this book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing, but obviously that was impossible because this is one epic tale! It was all I could do though not to rush it… this isn’t a ‘quick-easy beach read” by any stretch, but more like something you sink back with for a while and let it take over your soul. I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were intelligent, well-developed and not predictable, and the historical ‘true life’ angle made it all the more fascinating! I really enjoyed it! The characters were all genuine and interesting in their own right (love Bubbie!!) and well-written, and I have to commend the author on the fantastic editing job. I didn’t see any mistakes, so rare in e-books these days. I’d love to read more from this author in the future! Highly recommend to fans of biography/memoirs, or anyone who enjoys a charming, emotionally engaging book.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
WARNING…when starting “Managing Bubbie” make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! ( and it’s pretty long, ha!) The book starts off with a humorous beginning and just keeps going from there. The characters of Bubbie and all the others are so well-developed and fully fleshed out you feel like you know them personally. I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really awesome story that I didn’t want to stop listening to. There are some surprising twists and some parts that really catch you off guard – some shocking and some sad… but that just made this true book even more amazing and inspirational. Recommend.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
at first I admit I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into in deciding to read this book. Because admittedly I do tend to lean towards the paranormal/fantasy romance elements of literature because I enjoy the make-believe parts. And a book about someone’s old Jewish grandmother? Probably not my usual fare. But I was intrigued by the writing sample and the way that I felt an almost immediate connection to not only the characters (especially Lea/Bubbie), but with the way that Russel Lazega was writing them, and I found myself just wanting to read more… and more… and more… and I couldn’t believe it when I realized I was totally hooked, and I felt transported to another world just by experiencing the lives of these incredible characters who are so true to life and authentic, yet unlike any I’ve met before. Really glad I took a chance on this one…
essieh More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. I thought it was excellently written and the editing was nearly flawless. It kept my attention from the opening to the satisfying ending. It is *not* a quick read by any stretch… nor should it be. There are too many important events and experiences here to gloss over so the author takes his time in carefully developing the various storylines so that we the readers are thoroughly invested the whole way through. I liked Mr. Lazega’s writing style very much, and found myself completely lost in this world he recanted night after night (this is all based on a true story and people which makes it even cooler!!). Was almost disappointed when I was done, but the ending gave the emotional satisfaction I look for in a great book. Well done. Recommend to fans of historical nonfiction/memoirs, or anyone who just enjoys an entertaining, well-written story with lots of sass and spunk.
JeanOJO More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. Each scene was engaging, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and event to the next. The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… unique and powerful, and with the conversations with the characters (Bubbie and someone else, usually…). I felt like I was genuinely inside the characters’ heads experiencing the world through their eyes, for better or worse. I suspect this may be a one-shot deal from Russel Lazega based on his Author’s note and Acknowledgements, but I hope not. I would love to read more from him in the future as he has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and bringing memorable characters to life.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
"Managing Bubbie” by Russel Lazega is hands down one of the most riveting and well-crafted books I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the different characters and attention to historical detail. We feel transported not only into Lea’s (Bubbie) life, but her amazing life experiences… and it was a wonderful and eye-opening escape from reality. “Managing Bubbie” covers so, so much it’s impossible to sum up, but it felt like I was living through history, and it was interesting to see how it all tied together in the end, which I loved!—Especially the pictures, really gave a face to all the characters we grew to love! An epic literary feat, to be certain. I was really impressed and would recommend this book with the highest of praise.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Bubbie’s story is one of humor and wit. Bubbie (AKA: Lea) is a woman who actually had a life in America and came back to Europe because her husband chose to. She always wanted to return to the U.S.A. But, sometimes trapped in the life she was supposed to live that her own mother had chosen for her, and sometimes getting trapped by financial circumstances, Lea got lost along the way. Readers follow Lea’s journey from her home in Belgium to the ghettos of Poland; from Paris to La Cote d’azur France; and, all over Europe as it became wrapped in Nazi chaos. We see Lea work, struggle, and defy pain in order to win her own war so that landing back in America will no longer be a dream. But, above all, we laugh with her. The writer was told by his bubbie to write down her tales, and he has done so with perfect emotion and wonderful wit. In between the chapters covering Bubbie’s WWII battles, there are chapters that relay talks between the writer and his bubbie. The text ranges from finding him a nice Jewish girl to marry to watching game shows on TV and seeing interesting conversations with his family play out. Colorful, fun language was had by all, and the lessons taught by this writer are not only respectful to his bubbie but also a learned experience for the reader. We are talking about sheer fun. Seems odd to say, considering the subject, but these conversations at home in Florida, where the war is very much over, brings about side-splitting laughter. In the end, well...actually from the very beginning, readers will love Bubbie. This is a woman who wanted never to give up control of her life. She wanted not to be taken care of, even when age took over. She wanted to be able to live in her apartment and push her shopping cart all over town if she felt like it. And the author states quite clearly that, even though Bubbie may sound silly not wanting aid, she actually knew better than everyone else. She really did. After all, she had lived in and escaped hell over and over, while bringing three children into the world, and being able to stay in this life to see seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren arrive. This is a book that remains on the bookshelf. It becomes one of those ‘beloved’ books that you go to over and over again for enjoyment. The only downside you’ll feel is that you did not get to shake Bubbie’s hand and listen to her stories in person. Because this is one soul, one incredibly funny spirit, everyone would have been blessed to meet. Quill says: A book that is emotional, hysterical, historical, and a downright must-read. In a world that only allows 5 stars, Bubbie deserves a million. Oy!
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega is a heartwarming and hysterical memoir of his “Bubbie,” Lea Lazega. Intermixed with a narrative about her harrowing journey across Europe to America during World War Two are snippets of conversations between various family members, providing insight into the modern life of this courageous woman. As the Nazis invade countries in Europe, Lea manages to escape by the skin of her teeth with her three small children. Being Jewish at this time was difficult enough, but Lea continues to show courage in the face of adversity, finally managing to get her children out of Europe, back to America and safety. I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. Mr. Lazega had me from the beginning, as I am a huge Neil Simon fan. I was reminded of Brighton Beach Memoirs, a play I have directed, in the way he portrayed the scenes of his family life. Even more inspiring was Lea’s journey through war-torn Europe. I can only imagine the fear she must have felt, knowing at any moment they could be caught and sent to a concentration camp. I did not want the story to end, and I wanted to know what exactly happened to Eva and Lea’s first husband. Mr. Lazega has done an impeccable job weaving together the memories and experiences of his Bubbie. I loved the addition of letters and photographs to bring even more life to the colorful members of his family. Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega is certainly a different type of Holocaust memoir, one of hope, inspiration, and humor.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega is a touching and inspirational memoir. The book tells the story of a Jewish family in Miami Beach and how they try their best to ensure that Bubbie’s later years are full of comfort, safety and happiness. Bubbie is an aging, stubborn, and unmanageable Holocaust survivor and, because of what she’s already endured, it will take a great deal of patience, determination and perseverance to keep up with her. Bubbie is the matriarch of the family and the story shows how one extraordinary person in the family can positively impact so many others. Readers will be taken on a journey full of hope, family, laughs and more as they read this personal account of a family attempting the impossible task of Managing Bubbie. I found Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega to be an endearing read. It was refreshing (and humorous at times) to read the family’s account of how they tried to care for the headstrong and resilient Bubbie. It was an impossible task at times because Bubbie was a woman who had endured it all. Being a Holocaust survivor, she had learned the hard way to be tough, self-preserving, and survive against all odds. Readers get a heartbreaking and inside look at just what it took to survive in those tumultuous times, as we learn of the hardships that Bubbie endured and how she came out of it a stronger person. The author does a superb job in capturing the aspects of family, strength and determination woven seamlessly throughout the story. I would recommend this to fans of memoir, inspirational, motivational and historical genres.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega is the author's narration of his grandmother's life journey from Poland across several borders in search of a safe harbour. When she escaped the harsh conditions in Poland, Lea was ready to take on any challenges that life would throw her way. However, nothing could have prepared her for the endless hardships and brutal conditions that lay ahead; her only crime was being born a Jew. The bigger part of the story revolves around a time when the world was at war and the Jews on the run from the ruthless hands of the Nazis. Lea, now a mother, had one purpose in life; to protect her kids. Running to nowhere in particular and not even sure what dangers lay ahead, Lea was determined to protect her kids and one day find a safe place for her little family. Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega is the account of a one of a kind life story of an extraordinary woman. Lea's story is one of immeasurable courage and determination. It was deeply touching, heartbreaking, and at the same time inspiring to follow her across the many borders she crossed as she travelled with her sometimes starving children while the fear of death loomed over their heads at every single turn. The story is told with humour, and Lea's witty personality comes through, even during the toughest times. The hilarious family conversations allow the reader a glimpse into the family's precious moments and a dose of some good old Jewish family drama. Her amazing bravery is something to be remembered for a very long time.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Raanan Geberer for Readers' Favorite Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega is the story of how an ordinary, uneducated Jewish woman was forced to be a hero during World War II. The book is written in an unusual style. Bubbie’s (real name Lea) wartime story is interspersed with later vignettes of Bubbie’s daily life in Miami Beach in the 1980s with her grandson, the author, as well as several other elderly relatives -- gossiping about this and that, watching TV game shows and outrageously claiming that then-President Reagan is really her half-brother. As a young woman, Lea had moved from poverty-stricken Poland to Brussels, thinking it a good move. But when World War II broke out, she, her husband (who eventually left the family) and her children began their long trek, always one step ahead of the Nazis. Hiding out in Paris, Provence, Marseilles, Spain, they were always ready to move at a moment’s notice. As a Jewish-American, I can testify that Bubbie’s Yiddish-accented English, malapropisms and all, is the real thing. As for the wartime story, we don’t get much of the politics of that era, other than a mention of the fact that her husband became a communist and joined the resistance. However, politics wasn’t Bubbie’s world — to her, her children and her family were everything. She was willing to accept help from whoever she could, from Catholic nuns to a Jewish charity in neutral Spain. All in all, in Managing Bubbie, Russel Lazega shows us that extraordinary times make heroes out of ordinary people. And for those who don’t know, “Bubbie” (actually “bobbeh”) means grandmother in Yiddish.