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Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories about My Family You Might Relate to
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Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories about My Family You Might Relate to


A hysterically funny and slyly insightful new collection of essays fromNew York Timesbestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch, about her own family of scam artists and hucksters, as well as the sisterhoods, temporary tribes, communities, and cults who have become surrogates along the way.
When Annabelle Gurwitch was a child, surrounded by a cast of epically dysfunctional relatives, she secretly prayed that it was all a terrible mistake. Maybe she was a long lost daughter of Joni Mitchell or a reincarnation of the Russian princess, Anastasia. A family of bootleggers, gamblers, and philanderers, the Gurwitches have always been a bit vague on the standard ideal of a loving and supportive family. Their definition includes people you can count on to borrow money from, hold a grudge against, or blackmail. One day, unfortunately, Gurwitch woke up to realize that she'd made similar, if not the same, mistakes as everyone else before her--just in a new zip code. Wherever she went, there they were.
With her wry wit and hard-learned wisdom, Gurwitch explores the inescapable, yet rewarding, realities of life with her relatives and her southern Jewish roots, as well as her flirtation with surrogate families including theater folk, pet people, the sisterhood, and the ladies who brunch at Tel Aviv Gardens Retirement Home in Miami, Florida. She's learned that for better or for worse (you can guess which) it's worth celebrating the traditions, rituals, and recipes that come with a shared mythology and legacy, even if her own inheritance amounts to a small plot of land split between five relatives on an ill-fated sliver of sand known as Massacre Island.
Written with haunting detail, poignant family moments, laugh out loud comedy and social commentary, Gurwitch delivers a provocative treatise on the importance and insanity of family.Wherever You Go, There They Areis a must-read for anyone who's even occasionally been frustrated by the people they share carbohydrate-laden meals with every year."

Title:Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories about My Family You Might Relate to
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages
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    Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories about My Family You Might Relate to Reviews

  • Theresa Alan
    Feb 26, 2017

    I love humorous essays, and this collection of tales of her weird/dysfunctional family doesn’t disappoint. She has a colorful father who could spin a yarn and a mother who laments the life she doesn...

  • Sara
    May 11, 2017

    Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read this book in advance.I had a hard time with this book. It made me unofficially vow to stop reading autobiographies of people I've never heard of,...

  • Melanie Johnson
    Apr 15, 2017

    A quirky, funny bunch of essays that are easily read and enjoyed. As a Southern Belle, I had a great laugh reading the story about when she went down to Mobile, AL to hang out with her Southern family...

  • Kellie Williams
    Mar 30, 2017

    Gurwitch comes from an eccentric family and has had some interesting experiences. Not quite laugh-out-loud funny, but interesting. However, the last few chapters about her parents adjusting to an assi...

  • Jill
    Apr 18, 2017

    Have you had a parent who withheld the fact that you inherited part of an island until that island is getting pummeled by a hurricane? Do you have ancestors who supplied sugar to moonshiners or who ra...

  • Amber Garabrandt
    Apr 23, 2017

    I received an advanced copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.... I am so sorry I am late.  Summary:       Annabelle's back with her sly wit and sassy ways to tel...

  • Jenny Houle
    May 24, 2017

    Why did I keep reading?The answer is because clearly, I'm a bit masochistic. I have a strong opinion that while the occasional footnote is appropriate, if you use too many, you need to edit what you a...

  • Kim
    May 25, 2017

    I tried, but I can't get into this book. It's possible I'm just not in the mood for it right now, but I couldn't even make it to page 30. ...

  • Janelle
    Apr 10, 2017

    This book manages to be both hilarious and incredibly touching. I loved the way Gurwitch writes so insightfully about so many kinds of families. I've read several of Gurwitch's books at this point and...

  • Lori
    Mar 20, 2017

    This book is so funny. I like the anecdotal style and the stories are interesting. I find that I am nodding my head in agreement at some of the observations. The book also gives me more insight into w...