A Simple Girl: Stories My Grandmother Told Me
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32 of 36 found the following review helpful:
Excellent book, remarkable story Mar 04, 2010
By Jacklynn M. Lantry
I became curious about this book after watching the television show "Million Dollar Listing" (a reality show which features Josh Flagg, the author, selling upscale real estate.) Surprisingly, the most compelling relationship (frankly the only relationship worth watching on the show) is between Josh and his grandmother, Edith Flagg.
The book (which is signed by both Josh and Edith Flagg) is made up of short vignettes that follow the life of Edith from an idyllic childhood, through Nazi terror, and finally to America where she epitomizes the American dream. It is simply and clearly written, spare in prose, but not in feeling. I got the sense it was written the way Edith lives her life, to the point and without a sugar coating. There are stories that are haunting-I applaud the courage it took to put them on paper, and there are stories that are inspiring. It is at turns both terrifying and tender. I zipped through this book in a weekend and was disappointed to get to the end. I finished the book in awe of her bravery.
Despite her age, I'm pretty sure Edith still has another lifetime (and thus another book) in her! It is clear that Josh is "cut from the same cloth" as his grandmother (he was inspired to write the book at the tender age of 14.) All in all a remarkable family and a wonderful, inspiring book.
15 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Good job Josh Dec 14, 2009
By Marie Casper
We often learn stories about family members or close friends and somehow over the years, the memories fade and after one or two generations, they're gone. Josh has decided to keep his Grandmother's stories alive by writing this book about her and her long journey to be where she is today. An inspiring, very interesting and worthwhile read. And - at the age of 90+, Grandmother is still a force to be reckened with and has forgotten more then more people will ever know!
12 of 15 found the following review helpful:
For anyone who loved, or loves their Grandmother Jan 27, 2010
By R. Comstock
"A Simple Girl: Stories My Grandmother Told Me," is expertly written (and he was only 14 at the time) and wonderfully told. For anyone who has a Grandparent or has lost one, this book will bring thier memory back to you throught it's careful telling. It was almost as if you were a child aging, listening to your own grandmother. What a rich life and wonderful record of it, easily yaken for granted when they are gone and with them their amazing stories of the struggles and rewards of life during another time. Thank you Josh Flagg for giving me back a little piece of my grandmother through the tales of your own. We should all take such time , while we still can to listen and truly hear. A fantastic reminder of where we came from, not only for us but fir children to come.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Spunky lady Aug 03, 2011
What a lot of living squeezed into one life. And all with attitude. For such a little lady, she is a dynamo. The quirky vignette style adds to the book's charm.
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
The American Dream Realized. Mar 28, 2011
By M. Davitt
"Mike Reads Everything"
I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. Edith Flagg takes us on a journey through the 20th centruy. She gives us an accurate description of pre-war Europe, and the horrifying experiences she edured during the long nightmare of Nazi occupation. She also tells us how she built her business from $5.00 to a world wide concern generating millions of dollars. I also enjoyed her stories where she defends America to some holier than thou Europeans. Edith Flagg is the epitome of the American dream. I also enjoy her apprearances on her grandson's televison show, Million Dollar Listing.
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