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Roommates: My Grandfather's Story

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  43 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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Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sweet story of a grandson and his grandfather. I so enjoyed his grandfather’s straight forward ness and stubbornness, but could feel the love he had for his grandson. I could relate to my love for my grandchildren. I hope when I die they will remember me with love. For my family is my greatest joy.
Catherine Osborne
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this book because of the funny parts and the step into a different world. It was also really sad and the sadness came unexpectedly, which I guess is how the author experienced it himself, and that makes me respect Max Apple's choice in springing it on the reader the way he did. Excellent development of character...I never knew Rocky, but I feel like I know him perfectly. ...more
Mary Anne
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Library book club is reading this funny, heart-warming and tragic memoir.
Rocky is a quirky and stubborn immigrant grandfather. He is also funny and loving.
Max, his grandson is devoted to him but determined to live his own life too.
Quick read that will leave you wanting to know more about this family.
Kimberly Westrope
Mar 30, 2015 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
Holly Armitage
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet family story
Anne Vandenbrink
Max's grandpa, Rocky, went to work as a baker at the American Bakery Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Even after he retired, he still went everyday because......that's what he did. Max and Rocky were inseparable. To the point that Rocky, at 100, lived with him in Ann Arbor when Max went to college. He lived with them when Max married and moved to Texas and watched after his two great-grand kids. Max shared 40 years of his life with his stubborn, unconventional, spunky, adorable grandfather. ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sad, sad, sad! But meaningful and frustrating and thought provoking. I grew up with both sets of my grandparents and they were some of my very best friends. They were a lot nicer than Rocky, but had the same impact.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is a reason that many people like reality TV. That’s what this book is. A real family that loves each other, goes to school, works, falls in love and happens to have a member of their family that lives to the age of 106.
Love this heartwarming story of family love!
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs, book-group
Wow, this story of the relationship between a grandson, his grandfather and the rest of the family is almost unbelievable, and better than fiction. Can you imagine having your grandpa as your college roommate? And having him, when he is over 100 years old, as your children's babysitter?

Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the saddest stories I have ever read. It's even more sad because it is based on truth. ...more
Mar 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Writer’s story of
Curmudgeon granddad shows us
A life led fully
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: family, nf, biography, michigan
This is beautifully written. The characters just get right under your skin and stay there. It's a beautiful blend of tragedy and comedy, and makes one very grateful for one's own life! ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Apr 28, 2007 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
Mar 13, 2011 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!
Jul 13, 2011 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! ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, non-fiction
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.
Jun 13, 2013 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.
Ellen Winokur
Jan 22, 2014 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. ...more
May 19, 2007 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.
Jessica Haider
May 29, 2007 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. ...more
Jul 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
It sounds like a big ol' cliche, but I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more. ...more
Jan 24, 2009 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.
Barb Gant
Mar 15, 2009 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.
Dec 03, 2009 added it
this gave me a long-standing paranoia about delayed degenerative disease.
Mar 03, 2010 added it
this was a sweet little novel I found at the guest house I was staying at it Tobago
Mar 01, 2011 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... ...more
Mar 10, 2011 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.
Aug 13, 2011 added it
Shelves: 2007
An enjoyable story - Rocky was quite a character! Thanks for sharing this book.
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