Tessie and Pearlie: A Granddaughter's Story

3.81 avg rating
( 54 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780684833477: Tessie and Pearlie: A Granddaughter's Story
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In their touching story, two Jewish grandmothers--Tessie and Pearlie--share their wisdom, knowledge, and recipes to die for. Still close to their immigrant past and hardened by wars, the Depression, and discrimination, they teach us about living. And dying. They are the last of a breed--a generation passing but not likely to be forgotten.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Joy Horowitz is a freelance journalist and former staff writer for The Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Magazine, and many other national publications. She graduated Harvard cum laude in 1975 and worked as a copy girl, sports writer, and investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.

After stints as an investigative producer at the local CBS-TV news station in LA and feature writer at The Los Angeles Times, she received a masters degree in Studies of Law (MSL) degree from Yale Law School in 1982.

She has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her reporting on indoor air pollution for The Los Angeles Times, and Sunday Magazine Editors' Association award for her Los Angeles Times magazine article "Greetings from Pearlie and Tessie," which was the basis for her 1996 book, "Tessie and Pearlie: A Granddaughter's Story." In 2007, her second book, Parts Per Million: The Poisoning of Beverly Hills High School, was published and led to her being honored as an "environmental hero" in 2008 by the Environmental Relief Center in Los Angeles. That same year, she received an environmental journalism fellowship to study at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Hawaii.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Joy now lives with her husband and children and dog in Santa Monica, California.

From Kirkus Reviews:

This is a tale of two bubbes, or Jewish grandmothers, two ordinary women who have both arrived at the age of 93, only to be torn between their love of life and their knowledge that death is imminent. Tessie, Horowitz's paternal grandmother, and Pearlie, her maternal bubbe, seem at first like typical, indeed stereotypical, Jewish grandmothers. Alternately cute and irritating, they share homely wisdom and recipes for stuffed cabbage and matzoh balls, and their life stories--from immigrant to young married, working to help support the family, widowhood--are not as original as Horowitz seems to think. But as the narrative progressess, Pearlie's and Tessie's inner strengths emerge, and the very ordinariness of their difficult lives creates a solid link for readers to hold on to. Pearlie has outlived her son, Steve, who died in his 50s of a heart attack (and to whom she continues to write letters). Tessie, too, may outlive her son; Horowitz's father is being treated for mesothelioma, a usually fatal lung cancer. Pearlie still carries the shame of her husband Moe's drinking (``Waves of anger alternate with the impulse to cover up for him,'' Horowitz writes). And Tessie literally held her mother in her own arms when the older women died at home. Despite the joy they take in their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, both women are left wondering why they are still alive when so many whom they have loved are gone. But live they do: Pearlie, until recently, performed with a dancing group called the Dolls; Tessie is a fierce player of gin rummy. Horowitz emphasizes their different personalities: Pearlie is generous in expressing her love of family and of life. Tessie is more stoic; she is stunned when Horowitz says she should tell her ailing son she loves him--she assumes it's understood. In her portraits of these two very human women, Horowitz has written a loving tribute to the power of sheer survival and the wisdom that derives from it. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 19.95
US$ 3.49

Convert currency

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780684813950: TESSIE AND PEARLIE: A Granddaughter's Story

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0684813955 ISBN 13:  9780684813950
Publisher: Scribner, 1996
Hardcover

9780786208098: Tessie and Pearlie: A Granddaughter's Story

Thornd..., 1996
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Horowitz, Joy
Published by Touchstone Books 1996-01-01 (1996)
ISBN 10: 0684833476 ISBN 13: 9780684833477
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookOutlet
(Thorold, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Touchstone Books 1996-01-01, 1996. Softcover. Condition: New. Softcover. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Seller Inventory # 9780684833477B

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 3.49
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Horowitz, Joy
Published by Touchstone
ISBN 10: 0684833476 ISBN 13: 9780684833477
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Your Online Bookstore
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Touchstone. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0684833476 Ships promptly from Texas. Seller Inventory # Z0684833476ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Joy Horowitz
Published by Simon and Schuster (1997)
ISBN 10: 0684833476 ISBN 13: 9780684833477
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon and Schuster, 1997. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780684833477

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Horowitz, Joy
Published by Touchstone Books 5/5/1997 (1997)
ISBN 10: 0684833476 ISBN 13: 9780684833477
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Touchstone Books 5/5/1997, 1997. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Tessie and Pearlie: A Granddaughter's Story. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780684833477

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.40
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Horowitz, Joy
Published by Touchstone (2018)
ISBN 10: 0684833476 ISBN 13: 9780684833477
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Touchstone, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 0684833476

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.80
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Joy Horowitz
Published by SIMON & SCHUSTER, United States (1997)
ISBN 10: 0684833476 ISBN 13: 9780684833477
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description SIMON & SCHUSTER, United States, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. In Tessie and Pearlie: A Granddaughter's story, journalist Joy Horowitz undertakes what turns out to be the most inspiring assignment of her life - spending time alone with her two Jewish grandmothers, Tessie and Pearlie, who are in their nineties. They are her heroes and her guides into old age. She chronicles their past and present and learns a little Yiddish along the way, keeping the continuum alive by offering a beautifully written celebration of family, passion, and Jewish cooking. Tessie and Pearlie are very different but remarkably similar. Tessie strictly observes Jewish ritual; Pearlie believes that religion resides in the heart. Like the matriarchs of the Old Testament, they have become nearly invisible to the outside world. But as keepers of the family legacy, they maintain their power through longevity. And Joy discovers that their lives are proof that sometimes there are men around and sometimes not, but life goes on either way. From the beauty parlor to the conga line, from latkes frying in the kitchen to a trip back to Ellis Island, Tessie and Pearlie teach us about living. And dying. Still close to their immigrant past and hardened by wars and the Depression and discrimination against Jews that began to dissipate only in the 1950s, they are the last of a breed - a generation passing but not likely to be forgotten. Here, two bubbes share their wisdom, knowledge, and recipes to die for. And their granddaughter asks questions of them others wouldn't dare mention, about sex, love, and motherhood. Seller Inventory # AAV9780684833477

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.36
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Joy Horowitz
Published by SIMON & SCHUSTER, United States (1997)
ISBN 10: 0684833476 ISBN 13: 9780684833477
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description SIMON & SCHUSTER, United States, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. In Tessie and Pearlie: A Granddaughter's story, journalist Joy Horowitz undertakes what turns out to be the most inspiring assignment of her life - spending time alone with her two Jewish grandmothers, Tessie and Pearlie, who are in their nineties. They are her heroes and her guides into old age. She chronicles their past and present and learns a little Yiddish along the way, keeping the continuum alive by offering a beautifully written celebration of family, passion, and Jewish cooking. Tessie and Pearlie are very different but remarkably similar. Tessie strictly observes Jewish ritual; Pearlie believes that religion resides in the heart. Like the matriarchs of the Old Testament, they have become nearly invisible to the outside world. But as keepers of the family legacy, they maintain their power through longevity. And Joy discovers that their lives are proof that sometimes there are men around and sometimes not, but life goes on either way. From the beauty parlor to the conga line, from latkes frying in the kitchen to a trip back to Ellis Island, Tessie and Pearlie teach us about living. And dying. Still close to their immigrant past and hardened by wars and the Depression and discrimination against Jews that began to dissipate only in the 1950s, they are the last of a breed - a generation passing but not likely to be forgotten. Here, two bubbes share their wisdom, knowledge, and recipes to die for. And their granddaughter asks questions of them others wouldn't dare mention, about sex, love, and motherhood. Seller Inventory # AAV9780684833477

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.86
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Joy Horowitz
Published by Touchstone Books
ISBN 10: 0684833476 ISBN 13: 9780684833477
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Touchstone Books. Paperback. Condition: New. 280 pages. Dimensions: 8.4in. x 5.5in. x 0.7in.In their touching story, two Jewish grandmothers--Tessie and Pearlie--share their wisdom, knowledge, and recipes to die for. Still close to their immigrant past and hardened by wars, the Depression, and discrimination, they teach us about living. And dying. They are the last of a breed--a generation passing but not likely to be forgotten. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9780684833477

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.43
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Horowitz, Joy
Published by Touchstone (2016)
ISBN 10: 0684833476 ISBN 13: 9780684833477
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Touchstone, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780684833477_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.35
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.92
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Joy Horowitz
Published by Touchstone (1997)
ISBN 10: 0684833476 ISBN 13: 9780684833477
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Touchstone, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0684833476

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book