Israeli author Meir Shalev’s charming tale of family ties, over-the-top housekeeping, and the sport of storytelling in Nahalal, Israel is now onsale. My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir (Schocken Books/October 6, 2011/$25).
“The Israeli author remembers his family matriarch’s love-hate affair with both dirt and her electric ‘svieeperrrr.'” —O: The Oprah Magazine
“Shalev’s personal reflections of quirky uncles, family squabbles, the rich history of his Jewish heritage and the legacy of the omnipresent American vacuum touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. An unconventional and quite hilarious family scrapbook.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Tender, hilarious . . . quirky.” —Publishers Weekly
“Celebrates family, quirks and all.” —Booklist