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Nobody Will Tell You This But Me

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Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb
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Mar 17, 2020 | ISBN 9780593169711 | 262 Minutes

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“Kalb has taken the medium of the memoir and thrown all its conventions to the wind; it’s wonderful.” —Maggie O’Farrell, Literary Hub

“Sometimes acerbic, sometimes sweet and always laser-sharp. . . . Reliably funny and . . . poignant.” Los Angeles Times

“Tender, funny, fresh and unconventional, Nobody Will Tell You This But Me manages to make something new and wonderful out of a family memoir.” —Susan Orlean
“A life-affirming memoir.” People

“Hilarious. . . . A unique take on a close daughter-grandmother relationship; a beautiful tribute to Kalb’s grandmother.” Good Morning America

“This book had me howling during the darkest days of the pandemic.” —Michelle Ruiz, Vogue

“A poignant and funny look at four generations of women.” The Washington Post

“I delighted in Bobby’s joy. . . . I cried twice.” —Miranda Popkey, The New York Times Book Review

“A love story that resonates across generations. . . . Original, moving, and funny.” The Florida Times-Union

“A charming memoir. . . . For everyone who ever had—or wished they had—a Jewish grandmother.” New York Journal of Books

“A book that gives you a solid cathartic weep and a renewed sense of joy in family ties.” New York Post

“I have never read anything that feels truer to my experience of having a Jewish grandmother than Nobody Will Tell You This But Me.” —Emily Burack, Hey Alma

“Lively and fascinating, funny yet poignant. . . . Kalb pulls off [a] daring approach brilliantly—in a bold stroke of literary bravura, she has turned the formula for writing memoirs inside out, bringing her grandmother’s distinctive voice back to life and sharing it with a legion of lucky readers. . . . Enthralling.” BookPage (starred review)

“An endearing, bittersweet, entertainingly fresh take on the family memoir. . . . The narrative skillfully captures Bobby’s wit, worldly advice, well-intentioned meddling, and enduring love for her granddaughter.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Charming, hilarious, and ever-quotable. . . . An uncanny rendering of two whole, wholly connected women and their unshakable bond.” Booklist (starred review)

“Kalb deftly captures her grandmother’s fierce, loving, and particular personality. . . . Striking a perfect balance between levity and poignancy, this is a standout debut.” Library Journal (starred review)

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