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Can We Come In and Laugh, Too?

Can We Come In and Laugh, Too? [Kindle Edition]

Rosetta Schwartz , Morgan St. James
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Born in 1909, Rosetta was the youngest of a family of ten children. They didn’t have much money, but the riches of their zany antics and laughter overflowed into the neighborhood. That love of laughter continued throughout her long life. One of her fondest childhood memories was when neighbors knocked at their door, saying, “Can we come in and laugh with you?”

Rosetta Schwartz (later Rosetta Shifrin and finally Rosetta Lachman) wrote this memoir in 1989 when she was 80 years old. Her daughter, author Morgan St. James, uncovered it and edited it in 2012, adding her own comments and those from some family members as Part II, along with a reprint of “Shopping For Dancing Shoes,” Morgan's short story about Rosetta that is the first story in "Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul."

She was a shining light—an inspiration to all. Her smile never dimmed, as seen on the cover photo taken by her grandson Jason Pransky when Rosetta was 95 years old. She passed away in 2006, just before her 97th birthday. We invite you to come on in and laugh with her.

About the Author

Rosetta Lachman was born in 1909 as the youngest child in a zany family of ten--two sisters and seven brother. Her parents emigrated to the United States from Latvia, and all of the children were born in Chicago. They didn't have much money but they had a wealth of humor. In 1989 at the age of 80 Rosetta committed her memoir to handwritten notes. Now you can share her hilarious account of a family that had so much fun the neighbors begged to come in and laugh with them. It wasn't all fun, however, and you get the full sense of this woman whose greatest talent was inspiring confidence and self-worth in others. She was one of a kind. Rosetta died in 2006 just short of her 97th birthday, but her delightful tales live on.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 483 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475149476
  • Publisher: Marina Publishing Group; First Edition edition (11 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TF9K46
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #400,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Morgan lives in the U.S. but has visited Britain often. Her daughter, jewelry designer Jakki Pransky, son-in-law illustrator Scott Garrett, and two grandsons, named Texas and Tennessee, live in St. Leonards on the Sea.

In the U.S. she is a frequent panelist, moderator or speaker, and also presents writers workshops. Her columns, "Spotlight" and "Writers Tricks of the Trade" appear in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles editions of She is a founding member/Vice President of Sisters in Crime Southern Nevada, editor of their monthly newsletter, and belongs to five additional writers groups in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Morgan and her sister Phyllice Bradner co-author the Silver Sisters Mysteries series. Their Award-winning A Corpse in the Soup was followed by Seven Deadly Samovars. Vanishing Act in Vegas is scheduled for release in late 2011. Twist of Fate, a romantic suspense series she writes as Arliss Adams, launched in August 2010 with Devil's Dance followed by Book 2, The Devil's Due, in November 2010.

Her short stories appear in many anthologies, including stories for two Chicken Soup for the Soul books, The Mystery of the Green Mist, Dreamspell Revenge, Dreamspell Nightmares and her single author collection of short stories, Women on the Edge.

She is delighted to have the opportunity to do the thing she is passionate about: writing, educating other writers and speaking to groups of fans. Morgan loves to travel and has visited many countries and met people from several walks of life.

She has one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Barbara Goodkin in Australia, a son Jason Pransky and daughter-in-law Dominique Bocchicco in New Jersey. In addition to her two British grandsons, a granddaughter Denali Goodkin in Las Vegas. Morgan is married to Hubert Kottlove, radiologist and photographer.
She is currently working on a "how to" book based upon her Writers Tricks of the Trade column, three novels and more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories that can't help but make you laugh. 6 Nov 2012
`When I was very young the only transportation was street cars. There were o buses, elevated systems, or cars. Henry Ford was still working on his Model T. As for airplanes, I believe the Wright Brothers invented their first model in 1914. Also the only form of home entertainment was the Victrola. I remember that after my parents saved enough to buy a Victrola, every couple of weeks my brothers purchased new recordings and played them while dancing around the living room. As for radios, it was many years later when the first crystal set was invented. It wasn't until around 1946 when my daughter Morgan was seven, and Phyllice was around two, that radios became very popular. We bought a very good radio set, encased in a lovely big mahogany cabinet, and after that we listened to many good programs. Don't ask me why everyone clustered around that radio cabinet staring at it as thought there was something to see, but that's what everyone did back then.'

Rose Schwartz was born November 18, 1909. She was the youngest of ten children born to her fun-loving Latvian immigrant family. She later became Rosetta after one of her sisters decided Rose just wasn't classy enough so when she registered her for school she told them her name was Rosetta and that's what she was known as from then on. Rosetta married All Shifrin in the 1930s and later Max Lachman. She passed on in 2006 just a few months short of her 97th birthday. In 1988 her daughter Morgan was able to convince her to write her memoirs so the rest of the world could share a laugh from the life of this beautifully, happy woman.

Rosetta lived through both WWI and WWI and gives us a few stories about the hard times created by war.
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1.0 out of 5 stars You probably had to be there... 24 Aug 2012
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I have to agree with the last review (sorry Rosetta & family), I found this book boring and at only 151 pages it felt too long. Delightful, no doubt, for this family to have a collection of stories pertaining to their history but in family hands is where this memoir should have stayed, as it is not an interesting account for anyone else to read. Despite the promises on the description I found the contents neither zany nor hilarious. I guess you had to be there...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can we come in and laugh too? 16 Feb 2014
By Jane
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Rosetta has led a long and interesting life, which she shares with us in her memoirs. Not really my type of book but it made a quick and easy read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 16 Aug 2013
By lou
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was expecting this to be really funny but I just didn't get it. wasn't really funny at all to me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 15 Jun 2012
By Lilian
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I had hoped this book would be a story of family life. However, it was boring beyond belief and I couldn't actually get into it at all. I tried twice to read it, but it just wasn't what I expected and eventually I deleted it from my Kindle.
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