The unique, doting relationship between grandmothers and grandchildren is the subject of this charming anthology (whose profits will go to the Children's Advocacy Center of Manhattan, a charitable organization that aids abused children). In these intensely felt autobiographical snippets, rock stars and authors, actors and politicians remember the aromas of a warm kitchen, the click of crochet needles and nuggets of spiritual ("Angels fly because they take themselves lightly") and practical ("Don't date a boy unless he has sisters and can dance") advice.
Marlene Dietrich recalls her grandmother's handmade French shoes. Film executive David Craig describes coming out to his "Bubbie," who later became an activist for gay rights. Patsy Hughes Irvine, the "wrestling grandma," recounts the joy of introducing her granddaughter to Hulk Hogan.
The legacies from grandma range from a cast-iron skillet to a passion for sentimental Bette Davis films, but what these "pearls" have in common is the deep, remembered glow of an all-embracing—and unconditional—love. (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $15.95)