Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story

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. There's Bobby's mother, who traveled solo from Belarus to America in the 1880s to escape the pogroms, and Bess's mother, a 1970s rebel who always fought against convention. Then there's Bess, who grew up in New York and entered the rough-and-tumble world of L.A. television. Her grandma Bobby was with her all the way--she was the light of Bess's childhood and her fiercest supporter, giving Bess unequivocal love, even if sometimes of the toughest kind.

In Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, Bobby reminds Bess of the experiences they shared, and she delivers--in phone calls, texts, and unforgettable heart-to-hearts brought vividly to the page--her signature wisdom:

If the earth is cracking behind you, you put one foot in front of the other.
Never. Buy. Fake. Anything.
I swear on your life every word of this is true.

With humor and poignancy, Bess Kalb gives us proof of the special bond that can skip a generation and endure beyond death. This book is a feat of extraordinary ventriloquism and imagination by a remarkably talented writer.

Title:Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story
ISBN:9780525654711
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    Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story Reviews

  • Elyse  Walters

    “Bubbeleh, let me tell you about when I was your age”. Author Bess Kalb channels the voice of her bubbe throughout this charming novel. “Grandma, (Bobby Bell), talked about herself as a little g...

  • Brenda

    Nobody Will Tell You This But Me is a sweet, poignant and funny memoir by Bess Kalb of the like I’ve never read before. It comprises emails, voice mails, memories, photographs and a deep, enduring l...

  • Beth

    This ARC arrived at the book store I work at and I am not usually a memoir reader but this one looked short so I went for it. I had no idea who the author was. It is basically a love letter from grand...

  • Jodi

    Goodreads Giveaway win - I wasn't sure I could read this, right away, as it came just days after my big sister died (my rock, when our Mother passed away 27 years ago, and my "second mom" since she wa...

  • Cameron

    Such a fun, funny, moving story. A novel about 4 generations of women in America, but centered around the relationship between the youngest (Bess) and her grandmother. It was such a pleasure to read a...

  • Liv Constantine

    Loved this heartwarming story so much. Alternatetd between laughing and crying and fell in love with her grandmother. ...

  • Toni

    I hadn’t heard of Bess Kalb when I chose to read this book, but the topic was so appealing. A close and loving relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter has a universal interest. The voic...

  • Annie

    Phew this one resonated with me. I had a very intense (and similar) relationship with my grandmother, who I also lost unexpectedly. This could have been written about us. ...

  • Talia

    I really loved this, and I think it was especially good to read right now. It was so well done and engaging, and I really felt like I got to know everyone in all of their complexity. Highly recommend!...

  • Virginia Woolf?s Actual Wife

    A really beautiful and moving exploration of female familial connection, told in a very interesting and unique way. I haven’t read many books written in second person but it just really worked for t...