“One of the funniest writers I’ve ever read, period. Make room on the shelf next to Sedaris, Eggers, Wilsey.”
—Alexandra Fuller, author of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
"Dazzling. A darkly comedic style that recalls David Sedaris or Joan Rivers. It's Bachrach's ear and eye for language that makes her voice distinct and haunting."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"You couldn't make this up...a hilarious account of [her mother's] recovery...from 'permanent, irreversible' brain damage."
—The Boston Globe
"The tale of Lola's instability alone would earn this book a prize spot among the ever-growing genre of crazy-mother memoirs. But this one also has a can-you-believe-it twist straight out of daytime TV...."
—The Washington Post
“Provides an honest look at mental illness, family, and true love.”
—Charleston City Paper
“Marvelous. . . . A 5-star memoir of a difficult subject.”
“A sophisticated, funny debut. . . . With smart, subtle prose, Bachrach limns a journey toward love that feels fresh, organic and as unpredictable as life itself.”
“[The Center of the Universe] has a freshness and loopy humor . . . infused with humanizing pathos, and readers may well tear through this compelling read in a single sitting.”
"Piquant and ribald...Bachrach's prose is wry, risky, and feels like she has found her moment at last."
"Bachrach finds her literary voice. Spirit is written into every chapter."
"Hard to put down: This zany family memoir is the ultimate mother-daughter story."
—Rhode Island Reads
“A delightful memoir of a family’s response to a bittersweet tragedy... Readers will...end up loving 'Lola,' and wishing they had a lunch buddy who can tell a funny story like Nancy.”
—Curled Up With A Good Book
“Of the many ways to deal with a father’s sudden death and a mother’s injury and madness, Nancy Bachrach chooses breezy comedy. Like the best of the stand-ups, she pushes the wisecrack and irony to the outer limits in this smart, fast-paced family memoir of disaster.”
—Alix Kates Shulman, author of To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed
"The #1 Dysfunctional-Family Literary Gem" —Huffington Post
"15 Must-Read Memoirs" —MORE Magazine
A mordantly funny memoir guaranteed to make you feel better if you think your family is crazy.
The story is so improbable, it can only be true: A brilliant woman with a long history of mental illness — who once proclaimed herself to be "the center of the universe" — is miraculously cured by accidental carbon monoxide poisoning aboard the family boat. Nancy Bachrach warns readers, “Don’t try this at home” in her darkly humorous memoir about “the second coming” of her mother — the indomitable Lola, whose buried family secrets had been driving her crazy.