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The Accidental Caregiver: How I Met, Loved, and Lost Legendary Holocaust Refugee Maria Altmann by [Collins, Gregor]

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"Gregor provides an intimate portrayal of the Maria Altmann that only her closest friends and family were privileged to see, and that others could only imagine." -E. Randol Schoenberg, attorney and key character in the film "Woman in Gold"

"It is not simply a memoir: it is a stirring testament to the immeasurable legacy of Maria Altmann; Collins' magnum opus is nothing less than an enlightened insight to the best of the human soul." -Paul K. DiCostanzo, Managing Editor, TGNR (tgnreview.com)

"In his captivating diary about Maria Altmann's final three years of life, Collins portrays a Golden Lady and the eventful century she survived and lived... a memorable story of suffering, history, art, memories, fun, and love." -Austrian Cultural Forum New York

"Collins's affection for Maria comes out on every page—variously reverent, poignant, awestruck, and romantic." -Publishers Weekly

"Astonishing and self-assured... moments of hilarity alternate with deeply tender scenes... a beautiful memoir not to be missed." –Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Collins captures the charm, magnetism, flirtatious, funny, acerbic and wise sides of that extraordinary woman for whose affection I vied. Bless him for keeping her memory alive." -Stephen Lash, Chairman Emeritus of Christie's Americas
 
"Collins has succeeded on so many levels in relating this extremely personal story to the reader - it tugs the heartstrings and then yanks them at just the right time. You should discover this book."
-LA-based Street Artist WRDSMTH
 
"A lovely story of an extraordinary connection." -Janet Faraone, Vice President, Tuckahoe Woman's Club

"Heartfelt, joyous, sad... and every emotion in between." –Erika Finn, Huffington Post

"Gregor Collins discovers history, heroism and himself through the unexpected humor and wit of his 92-year-old companion Maria Altmann." –Sarah Rorimer, writer and granddaughter of "Monuments Man" James Rorimer

"Gregor Collins's unconventional story of love is Harold and Maude meets When Harry Met Sally--two souls bound together with glue and good humor...life-affirming and life-changing." -Vicki Abelson, creator and host of Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write

"The Accidental Caregiver" is a tour de force not only of care-giving but of love-giving... a moving, compassionate, beautifully wrapped gift for future generations to come." -Alice Kornitzer, Co-Artistic Director/Dramaturge, Omnivore Productions (London)

"The Accidental Caregiver takes you on a wonderful, heartwarming journey of love and loss... a May/December romance story come to life." –Bobbi Kroot, board president of the Center for Successful Aging, and executive of the Jewish studies program at Indiana University.

"Collins brought Altmann alive in a way the court cases and other sources have not done." -Zari Harat, English teacher and business coach in Hamburg

"Gregor made the last three years of my mother's life worth living."-Chuck Altmann

"From the most unlikely of unlikely romances comes a deeply felt, touching, humorous exploration of what love and age mean in today's world. I can't recommend this book highly enough." -Stan Evans, Emmy-award winning writer, and author of the critically acclaimed memoir Box of Mustaches

"One of the most beautiful, intense and delightful books I've read in quite some time." -Beryl Hall Bray, Co-Founder/Publisher, Wow! Women On Writing

"It practically throbs with love and laughter and tears." –Muri McCage, Screenwriter and Finalist at the Moondance International Film Festival

"The Accidental Caregiver shows that age has no boundaries when it comes to love and meaningful influences in life... ultimately celebrating the possibilities and magic inherent in saying 'yes' to something different and unexpected." -Midwest Book Review

"A fourth of the way in and I was hooked. Collins' narrative is deep, heartfelt, and honest.. it gripped my heart, mind and soul." -Isabella Camilleri, author of The Blake Curse

"A truly unique love story. Gregor mesmerizes in his account of an incredible woman's life through the eyes of her endearing young caregiver." -Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont

"Why, oh why, didn't this book come with a package of tissues?!?"-Lynette Carrington, Lifestyle Editor/Writer, Arizona Sports and Wildlife Magazine

"Through incredibly touching and intimate exchanges between Collins and Altmann, coupled with riveting accounts and historical facts, Gregor has illuminated one of the great stories of the twentieth century, and had the genius to bring us this first-hand tale of justice, history, and the humor and charm that define the great Maria Altmann." -Doug Dobransky, author of Autumn Sister

"From the giving of care comes this beauty of a story illuminating the pleasures and joy of simply being together." -Diane Burnside Murdock, blogger and author of 'The New Art of Dying'

"Gregor was my mother's last great love." -Margie Altmann

"Gregor provides an intimate portrayal of the Maria Altmann that only her closest friends and family were privileged to see, and that others could only imagine." -E. Randol Schoenberg, attorney and key character in the film "Woman in Gold"

About the Author

Gregor is a writer, actor and producer living in New York. He grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and holds a BA in Media Production from Florida State University. Starting his career in Los Angeles producing reality TV, he shifted gears to acting, performing on stage, on television, and in independent feature films. His writing and acting have been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, Cinema Editor Magazine, and on Off and Off-Off Broadway stages across New York. The Accidental Caregiver stageplay was performed in New York at the Robert Moss Theater in 2015, and The Austrian Cultural Forum New York in 2016. Gregor travels around the world speaking about his book and his three years caring for Altmann. His next speaking tour - sponsored by the Women's International Zionist Organization - will be in April 2018 in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

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  • File Size: 7908 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985865407
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bloch-Bauer Books (August 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092GS96K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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