5.0 out of 5 stars
In the interest of full disclosure, Irene’s people reached out to me and asked if I wanted to read her book. Honestly, I don’t know why they though I, a humor writer who focuses mostly on parenting and education, would want to read a book about death and the afterlife, but it just so happened, I was at a point in my life that I needed this book. I didn’t choose Irene; she chose me.
They Serve Bagels in Heaven is inspiring, hopeful, and exceptionally well-written. It’s the kind of book you can’t put down once you start, and for so many reasons. The sweet, heartfelt love story at the core reads like fiction–I couldn’t get enough of Saul and Irene! Then, on the next page, questions about the after life that I’ve been afraid to ask are not only answered, but explained in such intimate detail that I’ve no doubt Saul is the one telling the story.
Since reading, I have had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Irene, and at the risk of sounding cliche, she is a breath of fresh air. Open-minded, kind, and generous in spirit, Irene is the kind of person you want to sit down with over wine because just knowing her makes you a better person. I. Love. This. Book.