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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: White Cloud Press (29 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940468027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940468020
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.5 cm

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This courageous, poignant, and truthful book will give you an experience that will never leave you. You will become wiser in the reading, shocked and compassionate as love rises to the challenge of tending to life's end. --Jean Houston, author A Mythic Life Heartfelt and often humorous, Bringing Bubbe Home offers a keen and compassionate account of the love, dread, exhaustion, devotion, and revelation that come when Zaslow opens her home and her heart to her dying grandmother. With the true talent of a storyteller, Debra Zaslow takes us on a journey of self-doubt, self-discovery, and, finally, reconciliation as she explores what it means to remember ... and to be remembered. --Kim Barnes, author of In the Wilderness "Unable to bear seeing her Russian-born, 103-year-old grandmother die in a nursing home, Zaslow makes the decision to care for her during her final months. Bringing Bubbe Home is deeply compassionate, but unflinching. This book chronicles the realities of the body, the demands of our emotions, and the promise of the spirit. The beauty here is hard-won and authentic." --Sue William Silverman, author of Love Sick Debra Zaslow offers insightful and poignant perspectives on family relationships. She has a natural ear for dialogue and captures the dynamics of taking care of an elder, her grandmother, along with taking care of the teenage children in the same home. Reading the memoir made me feel part of the entire experience! Zaslow profoundly sums it all up near the end of her memoir, "The past and present travel with us, tracing parallel lines ... My roots are still tangled in Bubbe's past, the edges forever blurred." What they lived through remains in my sense memory as I traveled with Zaslow and her Bubbe. Bringing Bubbe Home, a form of an "Ethical Will," is a beautiful tribute to her Bubbe and the wisdom learned that can be transmitted through the generations. --Peninnah Schram, author of Jewish Stories one Generation Tells Another Debra Zaslow takes us on an intimate journey, as profound as it is warm-hearted and full of nourishment for the soul. You may find yourself laughing and crying at once, and tucking away seeds of wisdom for future use. --Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, author of With Roots in Heaven and The Receiving: Reclaiming Jewish Women's Wisdom Bringing Bubbe Home, is full of wisdom, humor, love, and the reality and comfort of family. I loved everything about it. --Ruth Bell Alexander, co-author of Our Bodies Ourselves, principal author of Changing Bodies, Changing Minds This book presents a raw, loving, intimate glimpse into the world of critical home caregiving. Swirling through the experience are dense layers of family dynamics, memories, and traumas reaching back generations. Debra Gordon Zaslow, is courageous, conflicted, caring, loving, joyful, and exhausted. Readers will be drawn into the world of personal caregiving and its ramifications upon all our lives. --Cherie Karo Schwartz, storyteller and author of Circle Spinning: Jewish Turning and Returning Tales Bringing Bubbe Home offers insightful and poignant perspectives on family relationships as the author captures the dynamics of taking care of an elder, while taking care of teenage children in the same home. Reading the memoir made me feel part of the entire experience. As Debra Gordon Zaslow profoundly sums it all up near the end, "The past and present travel with us, tracing parallel lines ... My roots are still tangled in Bubbe's past, the edges forever blurred." Bringing Bubbe Home, a form of an Ethical Will, is a beautiful tribute to her Bubbe and the wisdom that can be transmitted through the generations. --Peninnah Schram, author of Jewish Stories one Generation Tells Another This book becomes impossible to put down. Necessary truths and family secrets are revealed in the mature voice of a world-class storyteller. I immediately told friends to read this with the intent of a deep discussion. Bringing Bubbe Home is brilliantly confrontational, leading us to know ourselves and ask, 'Could we?' and 'Should we?' --Rabbi Goldie Milgram, co-editor of Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning

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Acclaimed writer and nationally known storyteller Debra Zaslow has appeared at the National Storytelling Festival and has been a keynote speaker at dozens of women's conferences. She lives in Ashland, OR.

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starkly beautiful portrait of five generations of women -- their struggles ... 21 Aug. 2014
By M. Chaiken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Debra Gordon Zaslow is a superb story teller. She has surpassed herself in this autobiographical, starkly beautiful portrait of five generations of women -- their struggles with dark events in their past and ways they cope with their present. Gordon Zaslow brings the reader into her home, life and soul. She honestly describes her struggles with the pain and joy of providing comfort for her 103 year old grandmother during her bubbe's final months while still dealing with the contemporary challenges faced by millions of women: two-career marriages, teen angst, difficult relatives, and the nitty-gritty of trying to keep a family in balance. The book is highly recommended for all women who have ever been a mother or a daughter and all men who want to understand them.
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Deb Gordon Zaslow brings the reader into her life like a best friend 25 Nov. 2014
By DarlaDolmy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a testament to the resilience of its author who shares her journey of caring for an infirm grandmother, raising two teens, being a supportive mate, and developing her own career--all at the same time. Deb Gordon Zaslow brings the reader into her life like a best friend, only asking that we enjoy the insights, humor and pathos along the way. The thread of how her family history shadows her daily life adds a depth and texture to this memoir that makes it accessible to anyone who has struggled to identify who they are and what matters when memories and emotions compete for our attention. I read it straight through.
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Poignant and Heartfelt 12 Jun. 2014
By Ayala Zonnenschein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Zaslow's memoir is a must-read for anyone considering bringing a loved one into their home to die. Her deeply honest writing style pulls you in immediately - I couldn't put it down. I loved how the telling of intimate details of the caregiver's experience is intertwined with her grandmother's stories, ancestral stories and real life exposure of the reality of dealing with life and death within the intensity of being a wife, mother to teenagers, and not least of all, rebbitzen. Thank you for providing an opening into that experience with such beauty and candor.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Honest and engaging 28 Jan. 2015
By Jack Cassidy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Debra Zaslow is more honest than most of us. That sort of honesty doesn't always work in a book. But she is also a master storyteller, which enables her to present her story beautifully. She mixes contemporaneous events with scenes from her childhood and from the lives of her mother and grandmother. Her weaving together of all these stories makes a book thats pulls you along, and makes you feel like you know these people.
Deborah Zaslow captures the essence of the sweet and sad moments of dealing with an aging relative 29 Sept. 2014
By Lillian Koppelman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Deborah Zaslow captures the essence of the sweet and sad moments of dealing with an aging relative. Not just the happy, endearing moments but the very challenging day-to-day issues of bringing a dying relative into your already very busy household and creating a loving environment for her grandmother's last days. I laughed and cried relating to the issues of hiring caregivers, incontinence, memory loss and total dependence of the loved one on Deborah and her family, caregivers and extended community. Beautifully told by a gifted storyteller with the ability to speak in Bubbe's heavy Russian accent. I have recommended this book to all my friends who are dealing with aging parents and with the issues we had no training to deal with. Can't wait for Zaslow's next book!
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