Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Smartest Woman I Know

The Smartest Woman I Know by Ilene Beckerman

About The Book:
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.

My Thoughts:
I love this book. I have never read a book by Ilene Beckerman before, and I really enjoyed this one. This is her latest book, so I have added all her other books to my Amazon Wish List! I love how the book is laid out, and easy to read, and the cute little illustrations. It really makes for a fun book. This is a good gift book, too! This book was just released in September, and I am willing to bet it gets on Best Seller lists!

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.”

I recieved a complimentary review copy of this book from Workman Publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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