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Product Details

  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Deal Street Press; first edition edition (February 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615318460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615318462
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dennis Danziger is the author of Daddy, The Diary of an Expectant Father. His TV credits include Taxi and Kate and Allie. His essays appear in The Huffington Post, and have appeared in Premiere and Education Week. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the writer Amy Friedman.

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This is a funny book and a great read.
Holly Tarson
The comedy and drama are well woven creating such an interesting contrast the book is hard to put down.
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The bar­rage of insane women Philip encoun­ters will dis­suade any­one from want­ing to find a spouse.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By amy ferris on February 9, 2010
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okay, so i have to admit that i was given a galley of this book.... so... very, very lucky for me! i read it a while ago, and whoa, it is funny, charming, heartbreaking, beautifully written, laugh-out-loud, poignant, and oh so true.
dennis danziger hits the nail on the head. he knows both women & men & human emotion, and writes about all of it with such honesty.
please, do yourself a favor, read the book, share the book.. .and in those moments when you're feeling all alone, lonely or sad, or maybe feeling that no one in the universe understands you at all -- read a paragraph or two out loud. you'll realize that someone not only knows you, but knows you by heart,.
a perfect gem of a book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Mehagian on March 8, 2010
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A Short History of a Tall Jew is, without doubt, the funniest book I've ever read. Funnier than anything at the movies, funnier than anything on TV, even funnier than David Sedaris, and I love his work. As an author myself, I marveled at how beautifully crafted the scenes in this book are, the dialogue had me laughing out loud the whole time I read it. Don't miss this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CozyReadersCorner on July 16, 2010
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A Short History of a Tall Jew
Dennis Danziger
ISBN: 978-0-615-31846-2
Publisher: Deal Street Press

A Short History of a Tall Jew, mixing past with present, chronicles a year in the life of Philip Lachman. Philip has been divorced for years, he is an English teacher at a public high school that is literally a melting pot. With lawyer fees and child support he barley makes any money. After celebrating his 39th birthday alone, Philip decides he no longer wants to be alone. Craving a chance at normalcy, Philip announces to his children that by the following Valentines Day he will have found his second wife. The problem is, he has no leads, no numbers, a son into communism, a daughter who is a teenager with lofty aspirations, and a horrible life sucking ex-wife who will do anything to make his life miserable. While battling for his children he attempts his search for happiness, except Philip has no idea how he will find a nice, caring, competent woman who will make a good step-mother, and who he sincerely loves in L.A., a city all about worth.

This novel is laugh out loud funny. There were multiple times I just couldn't contain myself. It is well thought out and wonderfully composed. I couldn't imagine the book without every aspect that it has, nor could I add more. The ending fit so well with the book that it left you feeling complete. The book characterizes the life Philip Lachman leads. He is a public school teacher in L.A., a melting pot of cultures and lifestyles with no real minority. The author gracefully includes all aspects of life in this situation, making you feel you are actually there and that this story is not fiction. While it is amusing, it is also heartbreaking, painful and almost tragic at times. It is life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Jacoby on March 7, 2010
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Written with clear prose, Dennis Danziger has created a work that allows for a new edition to the vast volumes of literature that speak with passion to the many comings and goings of the human heart. Wresting with angels was what came to mind as I read this work, how we treat one another, how we don't, what is important, what is not, and crucial, for this reader, what remains with us until the end of whatever story we happen to be embracing in our own lives. The many scenarios that have been clothed with justice, remained naked, or are simply waiting, for one, the other, or something else entirely.

All of this, and so much more, can be found in this remarkable work.

Without reservation or hesitation, an endorsement, for one and all to buy this book, read it, learn much, all of this...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Holly Tarson on June 9, 2010
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This is a funny book and a great read. If you've lived in Los Angeles, it will be visceral. And if you haven't, now you don't have to!! Dennis Danzinger paints the crystal clear picture of a man navigating all the challenges inherent in raising kids in Los Angeles, running the gauntlet of divorce proceedings, and all the while searching for his own answers and his own love. It's laugh out loud funny, maybe because it doesn't pull any punches. Maybe because the author has the courage to put a deep and resounding truth on the page. Maybe just because it is a great story to tell and a great story to read. Whatever the reason, it's a book to enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PTB on April 8, 2010
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I love Dennis Danziger's book and will be buying copies for friends. "A Short History of a Tall Jew" manages to be hilarious and poignant, profound and a "page-turner," all at the same time. It has a classic cover as well, by the comic artist Gary Dumm (who did artwork for Harvey Pekar's stories on "American Splendor.") Danziger writes beautifully and it was a joy to read this book. Just thinking about some of his stories makes me laugh out loud. I highly recommend this special book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Most Credible Man Alive on July 3, 2010
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I am writing to you in anger. Recently I have embarrassed myself by uncontrollably laughing at your book in public areas. Yesterday, I let out a slight snort in the LAX airport and was forced to move my seat at the terminal.. Your novel has forced me to read by my lonesome in private areas... unforgivably amazing. A great read!
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