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Roommates: My Grandfather's Story

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  195 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
From the author of The Oranging of America comes this inspiring true story about an American family. Rocky takes over a family, at the age of 103, and shows them how to survive.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1994)
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Kimberly Westrope
Apr 05, 2015 Kimberly Westrope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An endearing account of the author's life, most of which was spent living with his grandfather. Filled with sweet and often humorous tales of his often tumultuous relationship with his aging grandfather, this book is a testament to the special love shared between a grandparent and a grandchild.

Roommates is also one man's coming of age story...a story in which we see him turn from a young man pursuing love and higher education to a father and husband who, through all of life's trials, finds his b
Jul 10, 2013 Patti rated it really liked it
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Ellen Winokur
Jan 22, 2014 Ellen Winokur rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkable true story about a grandfather and his grandson living together as roommates. In today's society this would be unlikely. I could relate to the characters. This book gave insight into caring for our parents.
Rita Buckley
Jun 30, 2014 Rita Buckley rated it really liked it
Second reading, after 18 years,and still wonderful. One of the great memoir/ tributes. A delightful character study of a cranky, admirable one-of-a kind old (to 106 yrs) man.
Apr 08, 2016 Elisabeth rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Apr 06, 2016 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, usa, nonfiction, memoir
Be warned this is an incredibly sad story, but a wonderful story of grandparents staying involved.
Apr 13, 2012 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 27, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it
This is a charming telling of the relationship between a grandfather and his grandson. Grandfather is quite the character and his love for his entire family is quite evident, even to the point of intrusion at times. A story of love spanning multiple generations.
Jul 13, 2011 Pam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bios-memoirs, pam
I just love Max Apple's books because they are uplifting, humurous and absolutely heart warming. His love for his family shines through on every page! But what characters he has in his family, especially his grandfather. Read this book-it will make your day!
Sep 18, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, adult
Apple's story of his amazing, but crabby grandfather shows how deep love can go, even with people who get along like a house on fire.
This was an RD condensed book, but I'd probably read the full version if I get the chance.
Apr 28, 2007 miriam rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. Its possibly more simple, and could be read by YAs, but I love it. The characters, emotions and relationships are so great. Maybe its because I love old Jewish men, but this is great.
Dee Toomey
Sep 07, 2011 Dee Toomey rated it really liked it
I loved this story about a man and his Jewish grandfather. It is heart-touching, because it really happened. I found myself irratated with the old gentlemann at times, and touched near tears at others. A great read!
Jun 04, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I got ahead of myself and rated this book before I finished reading it. Now I'm giving it another star. It was a sad, tender, and funny book--I cracked up a bunch of times...
Barb Gant
Mar 15, 2009 Barb Gant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made into a really good movie with Peter Falk, Julianne Moore, and Ellen Burstyn. Max is 107 years old and still a baker. He has raised his grandson to be a surgeon who is now 35.
May 29, 2007 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
"Roommates" is a sentimental memoir about a guy who became roommates with his grandfather and the life lessons he learned from the experience. It was a little too mushy for me.
Susan Poling
Nov 08, 2012 Susan Poling rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
The story of the author's grandfather who was his roommate from the time he was a child. Sometimes it was a great match and other times it was not.
Jan 24, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it
A very touching story of the relationship between a man and his grandfather who lives to be 106 years old. They are roomates for many years.
Jun 06, 2012 Lester rated it really liked it
What a marvelous story..really enjoyed this book. I read a couple of book in the last week and only added them today..this was the best one.
Mar 10, 2011 Merry rated it it was amazing
A memorable book. He is roommates with his grandfather, during his college years and afterwards. Wonderful Rocky lives to be over 100 years old.
May 19, 2007 Ann rated it liked it
A man writing about his stormy relationship with his grandfather, who was in and out of his life in cataclysmic ways. Generally heart-warming.
Aug 13, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2007
An enjoyable story - Rocky was quite a character! Thanks for sharing this book.
Mar 03, 2010 Emily added it
this was a sweet little novel I found at the guest house I was staying at it Tobago
Dec 03, 2009 eliza added it
this gave me a long-standing paranoia about delayed degenerative disease.
Jul 17, 2007 Elana rated it it was amazing
It sounds like a big ol' cliche, but I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more.
Jan 20, 2011 Diane rated it really liked it
Wonderful story of family,loyalty and struggles we face in life.
Feb 17, 2008 Judy rated it really liked it
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Apr 24, 2015 Margaret rated it liked it
Quick. Enjoyable. Sweet.
Jul 18, 2013 Elmie rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved it!
Jan 22, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
well written. sad.
Regina Brescia
Nov 19, 2007 Regina Brescia rated it it was amazing
Touching story.
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