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The Smartest Woman I Know [Kindle Edition]

Ilene Beckerman
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Book Description

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.


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About 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.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 1597 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (September 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FOMNJM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet September 12, 2011
Format:Hardcover
this was a wonderful, sweet book that brought back beautiful and not so
beautiful memories of my own grandmother, whom i spent a lot of time
with growing up. it's very poignant and well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Beckerman's books are absolute delights in every way. This book about her grandmother was so entertaining and just plain FUN. Beckermans' grandmother was sharp-toungued and oh, so very wise.

The illustrations add charm to the already fun book.

For me, I will read this again every once in awhile as I have with her other books.

I wish she'd write LOTS more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite House/Birthday Gift January 13, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"The Smartest Woman I Know" has become my favorite gift for a friend's birthday, housewarming, dinner invitation. It is humorous, nostalgic, and fun. All who have received it are now using this little gem themselves as special gifts. Sorella Schiller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining, Ettie. December 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book to be very warm, light-hearted & a quick read. I'm not Jewish, but that doesn't mean it isn't full of wisdom, humor and life lessons that only come from family. Almost all of us have an Ettie in our life, in some way, that is full of wit & wisdom for any situation. I recommend this to anybody looking for a quick read that gets your mind off life's worries & back to the good old days of Ettie, and those like her, that live on always within stories like this & in our hearts.
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