Bess Kalb is an Emmy-nominated writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live. Her writing for the show earned her a Writer's Guild Award in 2016. She has also written for the Oscars and for the Emmys. A regular contributor to the New Yorker's Daily Shouts, her work has also been published in New Republic, Grantland, Salon.com, Wired, Nation and elsewhere.
I have not been as profoundly moved by a book in years. Bess Kalb's fictional factual tribute to the relationship she had with her grandmother - the way her history was passed to her by blood, along with bright memories and Jewish guilt and fierce, fierce love - could have been my own story. When I stop crying, I'm calling my mother immediately and making her read it. If you have a mother or grandmother, or ARE a mother or a grandmother, this is required reading' - Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of SMALL GREAT THINGSOne of the most charming personal narratives I've ever read. Kalb has all the exacting craftsmanship of Joan Didion, the wit of David Sedaris, and a heart that is so brimming with affection that you feel as though Bobby is your own grandmother. This book is up there with Steel Magnolias in terms of 'things my mum and I ugly cry at together'. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to convert to Judaism. - Caroline O'Donoghue, author of Promising Young WomenI am so charmed by this book and wish my grandmother were still alive so I could call her - Aminatou Sow, co-host, Call Your Girlfriend podcastA sparkling memoir . . . This tribute shows the fierce love they shared along with happy memories, as the author paints a picture of this larger-than-life glamorous figure. It's full of truths, devotion and hard-won experience. - Daily MailI cried twice . . . Reading, I delighted in Bobby's joy. - New York Times