George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl

George and Lizzie

-From -America's librarian- and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads. George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family--his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom--while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-hou...

Details George and Lizzie

TitleGeorge and Lizzie
Release DateJul 17th, 2018
GenreFiction, Abandoned, Adult Fiction, Did Not Finish, Audiobook

Reviews George and Lizzie

  • Larry H
    Did you ever meet a couple who are married or dating, and you wonder what it is that keeps them together? Reading Nancy Pearl's George and Lizzie is kind of like that.George Goldenrosen and Lizzie Bultmann couldn't be more different. George is affable, earnest, maybe even a little goofy. His parents loved him and his brother (and loved each other), and his father was a successful orthodontist in Tulsa, where although he was known as "the Jewish...
  • Sarah Joint
    This is a really quirky and emotional story and a compelling character study. It may be called George and Lizzie, but it's mostly about Lizzie... her emotional trauma, her decisions, heartbreak, loves, hang-ups, and general life experiences. She had a strange childhood, and made a bit of a strange sexual game in high school that continues to haunt her long after most people would have chalked it up to adolescent mistakes. Even after George and Li...
  • Rebecca Foster
    (2.5) Oh how I wanted to love the debut novel by one of my literary heroes: super-librarian and book recommending machine Nancy Pearl. There are some endearing characters and enjoyable scenes in this tale of an odd couple’s marriage, but in what was likely a desperate wish to avoid being boring (just think about how many novels she’s read in her lifetime, and how many of those could have been disappointments or even duds), Pearl has too often...
  • Trish
    Nancy Pearl may just be a natural-born writer, though she is best known for her role as bookseller, librarian, interviewer, reviewer, and motivational speaker on the pleasure and importance of reading. In a DIY MFA podcast interview with Gabriela Pereira in September 2017, she tells us that she was merely an instrument for the characters she channels in her debut novel. Her characters feel real to us as well.Pearl reminds us that reading outside ...
  • Touchstone Books
    Honestly we're still freaking out from just MEETING Nancy Pearl let alone publishing her first novel. She is the queen.
  • Jessica Woodbury
    3.5 stars. There were two things that impacted my experience with this book. One was very much about me, and the other is the book. I usually like coming into books cold, but with this one, coming into it cold and knowing nothing about it actually hurt the experience. So here's what you need to know about this before you read it: this book starts with a meet cute, but it is not a rom-com. The meet cute threw me off. I thought this was going to be...
  • Denise
    I wanted to like this book, I even tried to like this book, but in the end, I just plain did not like this book. My feeling for this book are similar to The Goldfinch, although this book was shorter so Goldfinch still reigns as my least favorite book. Lizzie is one of the most self-absorbed, unlikable, self-pitying characters I have had the misfortune to read. I should have quit the book, I kept plugging along to see if there was anything redeema...
  • Barbara A.
    Immensely satisfying read. Vivid characters. Often funny, sometimes sad, this is, ultimately, a deeply resonate novel of love and relationships. Helps if you, like me, love football.
  • Petra
    In her debut novel, Nancy Pearl tells the story of a marriage. It was beyond me why Lizzie and George got married in the first place and it remained a mystery to me why they stayed together. I have the feeling I kind of missed the point of this story. The main focus is on Lizzie. George, in my opinion, remained a bit of an underdeveloped character. While George stems from a supportive, loving family, Lizzie grew up as the only daughter of two beh...
  • Joy
    Nancy Pearl is a well known librarian who lives in Seattle and this is her first novel. I have to say I'm not wowed by this book. Lizzie is just not very likable but I did enjoy George quite a bit. It's well written and moving at parts but I can't really recommend it highly. Hopefully her next book will be better.
  • Toni
    Lizzie is flawed, scared and never optimistic about life in any way. Most of her viewpoints on life she learned as a child from her brilliant but totally disconnected parents. Oh they all lived in the same house, but it could've been different planets. Lizzie's parents, as behavioral psychiatrists, only cared about each other and their work together. Lizzie had been an accident and they viewed her as an inconvenience.This would be a great choice ...
  • DebsD
    George and Lizzie are a couple (although they don't become a couple until about half-way through the book), but this focuses very much on Lizzie. I expected something of an examination of their relationship, but instead I became increasingly bothered as I read.(view spoiler)[Lizzie hears voices: "there were two men in her head talking loudly to one another ostensibly about football...but it seemed to Lizzie that she was the subject of conversatio...
  • Barbara
    3.25 stars: “George & Lizzie” is a story about how youthful indiscretions can be defining and crippling events in a life. It’s also a story about growing up and moving on; it’s about forgiving yourself for being young and foolish.The story begins with Lizzie meeting George while bowling. Lizzie was with her best friend and George was with a date. Lizzie inadvertently devastates George by wrecking his bowling game. Marla, Lizzies’ best f...
  • Sonia Reppe
    Broadly, it's a love/relationship story. At the core of the story is Lizzie's unhappiness, which stems from being the only child of aloof, closed-off parents-- both psychologists who only saw her objectively as a case study. She feels unloved. Maybe she's pretty messed up? This could explain why, as a senior in high school, Lizzie decides that her goal will be (view spoiler)[ to sleep with the entire football team (hide spoiler)]; which creates p...
  • Read Voraciously
    "There they both were, Lizzie and George, in their separate worlds, surely a clue to what their future relationship would be. George steps towards the line, brings his arm forward and smoothly lets go of his ball, and at the same moment Lizzie tries to throw her ball spinning down the alley, but something immediately goes wrong. (Or right, depending on what’s important to you.) Lizzie’s ball hits the floor with an awesome crash and somehow le...
  • Wendi
    I'm quite minimalist: constantly purging, trying to be conscious of what I choose to bring into my life, letting go of books immediately after reading them. I just started a new job and have intentionally only taken things to live at my desk as they seem essential. One of those few things I've set out is my Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure. Though I don't always love the same books she does and don't always agree with her assessments, she has ...
  • Catherine Coles
    Set in the 1980s/90s, George and Lizzie is mostly the story of Lizzie, who as a teenager slept with the entire high school football team on a lark. This haunts her, as does her relationship with her aloof psychologist parents and her breakup with her first love, Jack. In a post-Jack world, Lizzie somewhat reluctantly begins a relationship with George, a man from a lovely family who is very patient with Lizzie in spite of her dark moods. Even as t...
  • Peebee
    So it took me a long time to get into this book, and for most of it, my rating would have been 2 or 3 stars. I don't care for Lizzie, and she only slightly grew on me over time. When I was younger and single, it used to really piss me off to see really high-maintenance women end up with the nice guys, who were solid, treated them well, and put up with their mistreatment. (Now that I have one of those guys, and age and life has made me more high-m...
  • Paul Pessolano
    ”George & Lizzie” by Nancy Pearl, published by Touchstone Books.Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – September 05, 2017.If you are looking for something unusual and different in your reading this may be the book for you.Lizzie was an unwelcome addition to her parents who were psychologists and who were totally absorbed in their work, in fact so totally that instead of fostering Lizzie she became a subject of their work.Lizzie ...
  • Bridgett Brown
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.George and Lizzie have completely different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family—while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.The characters are recognizable, quirky, witty and fun. Helps if you like football. overall ok.
  • Elizabeth Brookbank
    Ok, I know I'm biased because this was written by one of my favorite people on planet Earth, Nancy Pearl, BUT I must tell you that I truly adored this book. It is fresh and original and the characters are just so alive. I wanted to variously hug, laugh with, and throttle them both throughout the book. And at the end I was so sad to let them go, wondering all day today what happened to them next.
  • Meeghan Kummer
    I ended up loving this book..started out odd but ended up loving it. I would get so mad at Lizzie and just fell in love with George. What a patient with Lizzie and really got life. Sometimes we have unreasonable expectations of happiness. We don't get what we want all the time but it is how we respond to that. React or respond. You can train yourself to respond "skillfully". Simply experience the unpleasantness and let it go. Let it natur...
  • Lorie Kleiner Eckert
    I think it is fairly common in the course of a lifetime for a person to do something that they later regret. Sometimes it’s a large action and sometimes it’s small, but no matter the size, the person has to live with the consequences ever after. If this statement resonates with you, you might enjoy George and Lizzie, even though it has an unsettling premise. In the book Lizzie makes a decision in high school to sleep with every starter on the...
  •  Barb Bailey
    I thought after reading the first 60 or so pages that I might not finish this book. I thought it a bit repetitive and depressing and the main character Lizzie, emotionally damaged and self absorbed. But I hung with it...even though I thought the parts about her Great Game football players could have been written in a once and done chapter . I like the character George and his parents and was hopeful at this point in the story that Lizzie could be...
  • Anne Caverhill
    It's not often that an author can make you care deeply for a deeply flawed character like Lizzie but Nancy Pearl does it in an exceptionally empathetic way.....ah...her horrid parents. Combined with saucy literary references, contextualized family histories, and an unmistakable charm, this book is simply good. Especially good for those who like football players, English literature and those who may have had their heart broken. Of course I recomme...
  • Emily
    I am honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! I think it would make great discussion for book clubs, but I don’t know that I would recommend it to everyone. I particularly enjoyed the unique format and method of storytelling. Lizzie’s Great Game might potentially be triggering to some; I’m still not sure what to make of it. I’d recommend it if you are interested in relationship dynamics and character driven books vs plot driven...
  • Kim
    I loved reading about George and Lizzie - what fantastic characters they are. I, like George, wanted to shake her really hard to make her aware of how lucky she was, which to me is a sign that the author has done a thorough job of making the reader feel invested in the outcome of the story. I highly recommend this book for people who like stories of flawed people, that are beautifully depicted.
  • Donna Hines
    Love is truly in the eye of the beholder. Marriage takes work.George Goldenrosen and Lizzie Bultmann are polar opposites. For George growing up with support in a Jewish family and becoming an orthodontist was a sign of the love that existed between not only his parents but also amongst his brother.However Lizzie had the opposite dichotomy with parents who were self involved in their psychologist careers and rather than provide devotional uncondit...