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Russel Lazega
Managing Bubbie
She escaped the almost certain death of a concentration camp, so breaking out of a nursing home is small potatoes. She beat it out of a Polish ghetto by refusing to take orders, so she won't likely take that medication. Just how is one Jewish family in Miami Beach going to make sure their matriarch, Bubbie, gets something she would never have dreamed of needing . . . help surviving? Managing Bubbie is the family memoir by grandson Russel Lazega that recounts the vexing days in the 1980's when his family banded together to attempt the insurmountable. Full of wit, warmth, and awe-inspiring will, Managing Bubbie offers a rarely seen glimpse at the deep reserves of compassion, courage, and even comic relief that emerged during the darkest days of the Holocaust. Anyone seeking a new perspective on this defining time, or who share the challenges of managing a difficult family member's health, will find so much in this poignant book.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10


Plot: The author tells his tale to perfection. He adds just enough details and explanation without breaking the rhythm of the prose. A compelling read.

Prose: The prose is near perfect, reminding the reader of a beautiful melody. The descriptions are vivid and memorable.

Originality: The author has mined his grandmother’s stories and created a unique book about a familiar subject.

Character Development: Bubbie is a fully realized, rich character. The author has captured her voice from the first page—and this remains with the reader long after the book is finished.

Blurb: Managing Bubbie is a skillfully written memoir with an endearing cast of characters. The author brings to vivid life the struggles of an amazing woman.

Date Submitted: April 11, 2018

Aventura News

"Oy Vey! 'Managing Bubbie' is a great true story."

Blue Ink Review

"In the uncompromising, larger-than-life Bubbie, her family has their hands — as well as their hearts — full. Her stirring story is one that should be widely shared." (Starred Review)

Eyes on News

"Lazega tells his Bubbie's story with compassion, humor and dead on accuracy"

Feathered Quill Book Reviews

WINNER OF THE GOLD MEDAL AWARD FOR HUMOR.  "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!"

George Kalinsky, Official Photographer of Madison Square Gardens and Radio City

"Russell Lazega brilliantly developed the character of his Bubbie as well as the stunning and historical world she lived in.  Her adventures were so inspiring while retaining such an historical touch that I could not put the book down.  I felt I was back again with my own Bubbie, all between the covers of 'Managing Bubbie.'"

Indie Reader

"MANAGING BUBBIE provides an interesting and inspiring tribute..." (5 Stars)

Kirkus Independent Review

"A successful twofer: a moving ode to a beloved family matriarch and a valuable reminder about the role of history in shaping even seemingly ordinary lives."

Midwest Book Review

" Any who want to be moved by their biographical reading; to feel part of a family circle and part of past and present Jewish worlds abroad and in America, will find Managing Bubbie a powerful read." - D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer

Portland Book Review

"Managing Bubbie is more than a book about sweet stories from a Yiddish grandmother who will make you laugh and wish someone loved you as much. It is an epic piece of history caught in the pages of a loving book, which will surely touch your heart."

Reader's Favorite

WINNER OF THE GOLD MEDAL AWARD FOR BIOGRAPHY "[A] heartwarming and hysterical memoir" - Heather Osborne