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Harry Bernstein started chronicling his life at the age of ninety-four, after the death of his beloved wife, Ruby. In his first book, The Invisible Wall, he told a haunting story of forbidden love in World War I-era England. Then Bernstein wrote The Dream, the touching tale of his family’s immigrant experience in Depression-era Chicago and New York. Now Bernstein completesHarry Bernstein started chronicling his life at the age of ninety-four, after the death of his beloved wife, Ruby. In his first book, The Invisible Wall, he told a haunting story of forbidden love in World War I-era England. Then Bernstein wrote The Dream, the touching tale of his family’s immigrant experience in Depression-era Chicago and New York. Now Bernstein completes the saga with The Golden Willow, a heart-lifting memoir of his life with Ruby, a romance that lasted nearly seventy years.They met at a dance at New York’s legendary Webster Hall, fell instantly and madly in love, and embarked on a rich and rewarding life together. From their first tiny rented room on the Upper West Side to their years in Greenwich Village, immersed in the art scene, surrounded by dancers, musicians, and writers, to their life in the newly burgeoning suburbs, Harry and Ruby pursued the American dream with gusto, much as Harry’s late mother would have wanted.Together, through a depression, a world war, and the McCarthy era, through job losses and race riots and the joyous births of their two children, Harry and Ruby weathered much and shared an incredible love. But then the inevitable happened. One of them had to go first. When Ruby was ninety-one, she contracted leukemia and died. Alone for the first time in his life, Harry felt the loss acutely and terribly, and for a long while, despite continued good health, he was uncertain about whether he could go on without Ruby. It was then that he turned to the past for solace–and ended up fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a published author.Delightful and hopeful, tender and moving, The Golden Willow is Harry’s tribute to his beloved Ruby, to their long, happy life together, to the impact her parting had on his heart and his soul, and to the surprises and unexpected pleasures that continue to await him....

Title : The Golden Willow: The Story of a Lifetime of Love
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ISBN : 9780345511027
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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The Golden Willow: The Story of a Lifetime of Love Reviews

  • Nicki R.
    2019-02-22 13:18

    I really enjoyed all three memoirs (The Invisible Wall & The Dream preceded this one), but I found this one to be redundant with things that were covered in the other books. I also noticed redundancy of material within the book. Yet, it was great to read how the 'final' portion of his life played out. I fell in love with Harry Bernstein after reading the Invisible Wall (frankly, how could you not?) and I loved to read about how truly in love he was with his wife. I am still in absolute awe over the level of great writing and clarity that this man possesses as a nonagenarian. I look forward to reading more of his books in the future.

  • Benedetta Ammannati
    2019-03-17 13:54

    Pochi giorni fa ho letto il terzo libro di Harry Bernstein. Ve li consiglio tutti. Il terzo è la sua biografia (scritta da anziano), racconta del profondo amore per la moglie e di come a più di 90 anni sia diventato scrittore. Soprattutto il libro è una profonda, meravigliosa lettera d'amore alla moglie, si legge tra le righe, spunta fuori ad ogni passo ed è bello vedere una persona di quell'età che vede l'altro come avesse ancora 20 anni. Lì per lì mi ha fatto uno strano effetto, mi ha fatto venire tristezza pensando che non ho più 20 anni, ma dopo qualche giorno ci ho rimuginato su e devo dire che colpisce dritto al cuore e ti fa pensare alla persona che hai accanto con occhi diversi, cosa che spesso nel correre da un posto all'altro nella nostra frenetica vita si dimentica. Bello!

  • Nance
    2019-03-14 17:15

    R.I.P. Harry. Thanks for your books.

  • Shelly
    2019-03-02 13:53

    I really enjoyed Mr. Bernstein's previous two books and was looking forward to this one. It was an okay read, but I was very much disappointed. Like the other two, it was an autobiography, sure, but the others read much more like novels to me. This one seemed to be a jumble of various thoughts and memories with no solid story or idea for me to really get excited about. Plus, there was a lot of repetition. He re-told many stories that I'd read in the previous books. That was too be expected, I suppose, as he didn't want to alienate new readers. But, then, he continued to tell these stores two or three times again, after already mentioning them. He mentioned the night under the Central Park Golden Willow, for instance, many times, re-hashing details he'd already divulged.I have a great respect for Mr. Bernstein and what he's accomplished, especially in light of his age, but I don't feel this book was a solid addition to his writing repertoire. If you've read the others, though, you might as well read it, as it was at least "okay."

  • Melissa Jill
    2019-03-24 15:03

    This is the third book I've read by this author. This one wasn't as good as his earlier two, but seeing as he wrote them all in his 90s and I LOVED the first two, I would have read the 3rd no matter what. If you love the story, you want to know how it ends. This author is a true gem. Although this isn't his best book, it is still well worth the read.

  • Mary Gilmartin
    2019-02-27 13:48

    I feel "fortunate to have found" and read Harry Bernstein eloquent memoir. (It's one of those hardback book that somehow was left waiting for me to come along and purchase at a Borders Bookstore the last day they went out of business). Now, it stands proudly alongside my other books in my home library for me to re-read one day.

  • Kathi
    2019-03-18 13:49

    Charming story of enduring love that lasts a lifetime. I've read Bernstein's previous books and thoroughly enjoyed them - especially The Invisible Wall, which was published when he was 96 (as a first time author.) What an inspiration!

  • Linda
    2019-02-21 17:12

    Amazing love story written by a man in his mid 90's. I always enjoy reading biographies, I like seeing history in terms of people's individual experiences. This couple was truely blessed in terms of their long live and their strong love.

  • Lia Valenti
    2019-03-24 15:18

    Questo terzo libro di Harry Bernstein mi ha emozionata e commossa , perchè c'è un vecchio Harry talmente debole e bisognoso di aiuto altrui che mi ha riportata a rivedere il piccolo Harry. Questo è più che altro la somma di tutti i ricordi accumulati in 95 anni di vita, ed Harry si aggrappa a questi per non impazzire dopo la morte di Ruby. Non ho trovato questo libro noioso,forse solo all'inizio , non avevo ancora capito che per Harry ricordare e scrivere era vitale, gli serviva per non pensare in ogni attimo della sua vita a Ruby, peccato che non gli servisse a molto dato che tutto quello che ricordava erano in particolare gli anni trascorsi con l'adorata moglie. Pensare che Harry non c'è più da 5 anni mi da un dispiacere profondo, ma credo che per lui superare i 100 anni senza Ruby accanto sia stato solo una tortura. Il finale di questo libro è stato bello e triste allo stesso tempo. Bello, perchè finalmente alla bella età di 96 anni il suo primo libro è stato pubblicato. Brutto ,perchè con Harry che più invecchiava e più debole e bisognoso degli altri diventava,mi ha molto immalinconita e fatto riflettere sul fatto di essere troppo longevi ,specialmente se non hai nessuno che ti accudisce. Più che ai personaggi dei libri mi sono molto affezionata a "questo "Harry.

  • Brenda Christensen
    2019-03-03 14:49

    My favorite part of this book was when Harry talks about his wife. They had such a sweet, loving relationship. I didn't find the book as a whole as engaging as his first two books. There seemed to be more repetition and it was less cohesive, but still it amazes me that he wrote these books in his nineties. I enjoyed reading about the thrill he got when we received the call that his first manuscript was going to be published. I can only imagine.

  • Mich
    2019-03-09 16:15

    Very maudlin memoir by Bernstein, author of the Invisible Wall (a wonderful book describing growing up in Manchester with one side of the street Jewish and the other gentile). Amazing story of the love between Bernstein and his wife, Ruby into their 90s and his decision to write the Invisible Wall after she died at 92. This book was written when he was 98.

  • Deb
    2019-03-14 14:16

    The third of the series by Harry Bernstein starting with the Invisible Wall and then the Dream. Everyone should read these books. They are shorter books, seldom over 300 pages, but you will have tears of joy and tears of sadness. These books are amazing and to think the author wrote these in his ‘90’s . I highly recommend this book series, I just had my book club read The Invisible Wall which is the first book and they loved it as well!

  • Valentina Turchetti
    2019-03-07 17:58

    Terzo e penultimo libro di questo autore .Questa lettura è la più commovente , dato che , è la sua biografia scritta d anziano , e riporta tt la sua vita e l amore incondizionato per la moglie e famiglia .

  • Sandy
    2019-03-13 13:49

    Sentimental memoir.

  • Judy
    2019-02-24 18:13

    Boring, didn't even finish it. Guess I'm not into old folk's love, much less sex life.

  • Shawna
    2019-03-18 20:07

    I love that Harry Bernstein quoted Helen Keller in this final memoir, "What we once enjoyed and deeply loved,we can never lose,for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." ❤️

  • David
    2019-03-08 15:49

    Charming memoir by a 99-y.o. author about his marriage of 60+ years. Tailed off at the end into un-thrilling tally of the awards and favorable reviews for his first book (about his childhood in England, published in his 90's) but for the most part highly readable and interesting.Some of what I enjoyed was the insight into the times (e.g., riot that broke out after Paul Robeson concert they attended; loss of his job reading scripts for a movie studio b/c the arrival of TV cut into movie box offices) and random celebrity encounters (seeing Julius and Ethel Rosenberg on walks in the neighborhood; hiring Bella Abzug as attorney to get his daughter out of jail after a civil rights protest), but mostly it was the personal reminiscences about his family -- driving all over the country to show their kids important sites, growing old together in an early version of retirement community, setting up his wife's photo on the table for a celebration dinner when his lifelong goal of publishing a book was accomplished after she passed away.......

  • Sally68
    2019-03-14 17:55

    ..strappalacrime???....Siiiii..!!Per le emozioni che questo libro mi ha dato per me sono 5 stelle.Ho pianto dall'inizio fino alla fine...Harry e Ruby rappresentano quello che credo ognuno di noi sogna, arrivare a una veneranda età in buona salute e con una compagna/o accanto, un bellissimo esempio.Lui infinitamente riconoscente verso Ruby e lei silenziosa, mai protagonista ma non per questo meno amorevole verso suo marito...E solo quando si ritrova solo Harry riesce a realizzare il suo grande sogno, ma lui festeggia comunque con lei, anche se a modo suo...Un'immagine tenerissima e straziante nello stesso tempo..Il segreto del loro grande amore, secondo me, sta nell'infanzia difficile di entrambi e proprioper questo infinitamente riconoscenti nell'essersi trovati..Il libro finisce cosi:"Ciò che abbiamo amato profondamente e ci ha reso felici non potremo mai perderlo,perchè tutto quello che amiamo profondamente entra a far parte di noi."

  • Tara
    2019-02-28 11:56

    Kind of a sweet memoir of a nonagenarian reflecting back on the years of his very happy marriage, later coping as a widower, and having his life-long dream of being published come true in his mid-90s. While the book is okay, it is nowhere near as powerful as his first book, The Invisible Wall. It is a little funny how he repeats himself sometimes, as you might expect an older person to do, but I'm surprised the editors didn't catch more of that. Maybe the most significant incident in the book is when he tells of his experience attending a Paul Robeson/Pete Seeger concert in 1949 at Peekskill and the riot that followed. Otherwise, I have to admit I wasn't substantially moved by this story.

  • Julie Connolly
    2019-03-18 14:02

    It was a very pleasant continuation of the story that started in abject poverty in England (his first book - forget the title - about the divided street) and continued in Chicago and New York (2nd book, The Dream). Finally, Harry is more or less "free" of his family trappings and able to make the happy life for himself, his wife - the love of his life - and his children that he has so deserved. Very interesting to hear the twists and turns of his professional life, too, especially publishing success in his late 90s (!). Kudos to Harry for bringing us this delightful series.

  • Emily
    2019-03-15 15:03

    In the third memoir by Harry Bernstein, he tells about becoming a published novelist in his 90's. But this story is mostly about old age, love and grief. It's not so full of quirky characters and experiences as the first two, so I didn't enjoy it quite as much. But what is impressive is the beautiful relationship he had with his wife. I could aspire to that much closeness and devotion in my own marriage.

  • Cindy
    2019-03-15 17:07

    This is my first time with a book by this author. We listened to an audio version while traveling. I really admire the author for writing this book in his 90's. He is an inspiring man. However,I did not like the flow of the book. He went back and forth through time periods and often repeated himself, with the same stories. Also, some facts were incorrect. Like where Robert Kennedy died. That made me wonder about the truthfulness of other parts of the books.

  • Devon
    2019-02-22 20:06

    This book was good but I can relate to another reviewer's review of one of his other books where they said that his writing didn't really evoke a lot of emotion out of the reader. The story was nice but the writing was pretty simple and I felt like he repeated a number of events to try and make it more passionate but it didn't really work (for me). I also didn't really feel like it was the story of their love but rather a story of his life before and after her death.

  • Amber
    2019-02-23 11:49

    I'm truly sad that this series of autobiographical books has come to and end. Harry Bernstein is a fascinating man with an incredible life story.He celebrated his 100th birthday June of 2010. He started writing his memoirs when he was in his early 90's!The last article on him stated stated that he is working on the story of his sister Rose's life.This last book in his trilogy deals with the final years with his wife.

  • Donna
    2019-02-26 18:16

    Such a delightful conclusion to this memoir trilogy. The author repeats himself a bit in this final book...but it was still a lovely read. I definitely recommend all three books.

  • Lncropper
    2019-03-15 18:13

    This is the third of Harry Bernstein's autobiographical novels. I loved it. It is a tender love story of a marriage that lasted and never grew old, even though Harry and Ruby did. He loved her at 91, and only after her death did he begin to write the story of his life. He writes well, and I thoroughly enjoy his books.

  • Alicia
    2019-03-13 14:17

    This is the 3rd of Harry Bernstein's memoirs, written when he was nearly 100 years old. Harry was a writer and always dreamed of getting a novel published. But his dream didn't come true until he was 95, after his beloved wife died and he began writing as a way to cope with his loneliness. What an inspiration he is! It's refreshing to hear about such a happy marriage in this day and age.

  • eLLen
    2019-03-20 18:49

    Really enjoyed hearing of the last years of Harry Bernstein's life. He is an excellent story teller and tells the reader many important and interesting details. I wish I could have met this author who died in 2011. He really lived his life. He loved his wife and loved his children. He found meaning in life and lived it to its fullest.

  • Andrea
    2019-02-25 16:15

    A sweet memoir of Bernstein's life with the love of his life, Ruby, and how he coped after her death (after 40+ years of marriage). Also covers his becoming a bestselling author at ag 96. I liked this, but felt it was a little superficial and it wouldn't make much sense unless you've read his other books. Also, call me a skeptic, but I'm just doubtful their life was really that wonderful.

  • Dana
    2019-03-09 17:08

    This is the 3rd book by Harry Bernstein, who wrote all 3 in his 90's. I LOVE these books! I felt like I knew him after reading these. I laughed & cried throughout these books!"The Golden Willow" tells the true-life love story of Harry and his wife. It starts near the end of his wife's life and then jumps back & forth in time. Beautiful book!