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“For a woman who thinks of herself as a New Yorker at this point, I buy a lot of clothes from companies named things like Shrimp & Grits. Why? Because identity is complicated.”

Elizabeth Passarella is content with being complicated. She grew up in Memphis in a conservative Republican family with a Christian mom and a Jewish dad. Then she moved to New York, fell in love with the city - and, eventually, her husband - and changed. Sort of. While her politics have tilted to the left, she still puts her faith first - and argues that the two can go hand in hand, for what it’s worth. 

In this sharp and slyly profound memoir, Elizabeth shares stories about everything from conceiving a baby in an unair-conditioned garage in Florida to finding a rat in her bedroom. She upends stereotypes about Southerners, New Yorkers, and Christians, making a case that we are all flawed humans simply doing our best. Good Apple is a hilarious, welcome celebration of the absurdity, chaos, and strange sacredness of life that brings us all together, whether we have city lights or starry skies in our eyes. More importantly, it’s about the God who pursues each of us, no matter our own inconsistencies or failures, and shows us the way back home. 

©2021 Elizabeth Passarella (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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  • PortlandLisa
  • 23-01-2021

Like nails on a chalkboard.

I find the writer’s personality incredibly unlikeable, and the narrator (one and the same?) equally annoying. I called it quits at chpt 5.

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  • Carrie L. Robinson
  • 31-05-2021

Laugh out loud funny

I can’t tell you how many times I said out loud, “exactly!” Absolutely hilarious and even the more serious moments are 100% relatable. Bravo to a fellow Memphis girl.

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  • Tracy Carson
  • 03-05-2021

Charming and Fun Listen

A charming and interesting story about life as a fish out of water in NYC. While at times the narrative comes across as arrogant, just when you start to get frustrated the author self deprecates in a way that makes you want to have lunch with her. The musings on being a Christian AND a Democrat are particularly wonderful and smart.

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  • Janet H. Gerber
  • 24-01-2021

Delightful

This book made me laugh and say “I know, right?!”often. She tackles tricky subjects with humor and thoughtfulness. I definitely enjoyed the ride and hope she’ll write another!

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