"When I stop crying, I'm calling my mother immediately and making her read it." - Jodi Picoult
"Comic lines as good as in any movie, and pathos as deep as in any novel" - Mike Birbiglia
Bess Kalb, Emmy-nominated TV writer and New Yorker contributor, saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby Bell ever left her. Bobby was a force--irrepressible, glamorous, unapologetically opinionated. Bobby doted on Bess; Bess adored Bobby. Then, at ninety, Bobby died. But in this debut memoir, Bobby is speaking to Bess once more, in a voice as passionate as it ever was in life.
Recounting both family lore and family secrets, Bobby brings us four generations of indomitable women and the men who loved them. Bobby was also with Bess with every step of the way as Bess grew up in New York and entered the rough-and-tumble world of L.A. television. Bobby was the light of Bess's childhood and her fiercest supporter, giving Bess unequivocal love, even if sometimes of the toughest kind. Most importantly Bobby shared with Bess some of her most valuable wisdom:
- If the earth is cracking behind you, you put one foot in front of the other.
- Never. Buy. Fake. Anything.
Bess Kalb is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer and the bestselling author. She wrote for eight years on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She also writes for The New Yorker's "Daily Shouts." She has written for the Emmy Awards, the Academy Awards, and the 2020 DNC.
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