"The #1 Dysfunctional-Family Literary Gem" —Huffington Post
"15 Must-Read Memoirs" —MORE Magazine
Nancy Bachrach worked in advertising in New York and Paris, "spinning hot air like cotton candy." Before that, she was a teaching assistant in the philosophy department at Brandeis University, where she was one chapter ahead of her class. She lives in New York City. This is her first book.
"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
“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
“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
"The Center of the Universe is a beautifully written symphony of lunacy and hilarity. Nancy Bachrach has the comic touch."
—Robert Klein, author of The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue