Grandfather J. B.: Letters to My Grandson
by Joseph Bercovici
Memoirs through poignant, witty letters by a self-taught immigrant to his professor grandson from 1959-66, first published by Little Brown and now in quality digital. Both sweet and acerbic, with plenty of subtext and wistfulness of dreams of philosophy or just college, the book compels attention for its strong characters deftly revealed by short letters--and always the correction of the grandson.