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Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (March 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446584266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446584265
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Bookforum

The clever vitriol of the performer's fast-paced stand-up routine meets the vulnerable sincerity of a man who "gave a fuck very much" in Los Angeles comedian Moshe Kasher's first book. Kasher balances the heavier content of his memoir with playful turns of phrase, and continuous, effortless jokes, infusing the prose with an essential dose of levity. —Miriam Katz

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"Hysterical, heartbreaking, flat-out hilarious...after KASHER IN THE RYE, Moshe Kasher will no longer be known just as a brilliant, cutting edge young comic, but as a genuine monster writer of the highest order. Think Holden Caulfield on dope and bagels, with a side of crime and insane asylums. This is the kind of book that makes you want to wake up everyone you know at three in the morning and scream at them to read. Little Moshe Kasher lived a life no one should have to endure, and we're lucky he survived to write about it. He is living proof that whatever doesn't kill you makes you funnier. I fucking loved this book." --Jerry Stahl, New York Times bestselling author of Permanent Midnight

"Moshe Kasher is a comic genius. In his memoir, KASHER IN THE RYE, he is able to perform an act of comedic magic which is reserved only for the true greats, such as Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, and Mitch Hedberg. Kasher's memoir will take you on a dark and hilarious journey of drugs, alcohol, and madness. But, by the time you reach the end of this book, you will be filled with hope and inspiration that even the most vulnerable can find redemption and recovery." --Artie Lange, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Too Fat to Fish

"Out of all the Hip Hop Jewish kids I know with deaf Orthodox parents, Kasher is the funniest. This book is thoughtful, touching, a bit harrowing and hilarious. Don't shy away because his name is Moshe, it's not too 'Jewy'. Emmis." --Marc Maron, comedian and host of the WTF podcast

"Travelling the hard road from teenage addiction to recovery, from lost boy to human being, Moshe Kasher tells it straight. His book over-brims with bravado and heart-breaking awareness, and with an authenticity that rings so true it's shattering. Frank and, above all, funny, this book is a marvel. I couldn't put it down." --M.A.C. Farrant, author of My Turquoise Years & reviewer for Toronto Globe & Mail

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It's at once funny, clever, profound, self-effacing, and informative.
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This book made me laugh out loud as many times as it made me tear up spellbound.
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Just read the damn book, it will make you feel better about everything.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Ferguson on March 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I like story where we vulnerable humans succumb to our shortcomings, but then end up triumphing in adversity. Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 by Moshe Kasher tells a beautiful story of his fall and how he overcame his weaknesses. This is my third story this month on this remarkable theme, with the The Sweetest Madness telling it from another angle, or The Fire and Ice Legend , with its fallen hero who rises again. The Kasher in the Rye is not only told in a funny voice, but it is well presented and easy to read and digest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jaden Ash on April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16

The title alone was reason enough for me to pick up this book. I first heard of Kasher's memoir by listening to Jesse Thorn's interview with Moshe Kasher on the "Boomerang" radio show. Kasher is such a charismatic personality and gives a hilariously funny interview. All of that combined, that was reason enough for me to shell out money for this book.

Let me start by saying this: this novel has a little something for everyone. As a previous reviewer stated, this book can speak to everyone in some way. For me, this novel will really stand out to anyone whose parents are divorced. He does a great job of capturing what that feels like, growing up in that kind of household. The book doesn't let up. Moshe has a very clear and unique voice that lies somewhere between that of Dave Sedaris (i.e., absolutely crazy and unabashedly honest) and Augusten Burroughs (i.e., somewhat dark at times but equally mad). Kasher does an incredible job of delivering enough development of the core characters and the relevant details of his life. Meanwhile, he points out his own flaws in a loveable and relatable way, even for people who don't have his level of problems.

Put simply, this book will likely not get as much adoration and appreciation that it deserves. It's easily one of the best books I've read in the last year, and it's one of my favorite memoirs of the last decade. I loved it! Please, please do yourself a favor and buy this book!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Derek Jager on April 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is funny, poignant, exhausting and probably 100 pages longer than it needs to be, but by the
time you reach the end, you would have been on a journey like no other.

The book is somewhat repetitive since he goes in and out of rehab, schools, parties and drug-induced events dozens of times and it all begins to blur together. The best part is the opening when he writes about his childhood.

Once the drugs begin, it begins to sag a bit since there are only so many times you can write about the friends (?) you score drugs with and the friends you fight with and get high with.

And he bottoms out...and then bottoms out again...and then bottoms out again and again...but it's not until he REALLY bottoms out that the "character" really comes alive.

The last 50 pages are remarkable, like clarity, and his awareness of his own life and where he was headed is sobering and also joyous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I wonder if I would have liked this book as much if I hadn't already been familiar with Moshe Kasher as a stand-up. I wonder if I would have liked this book as much if I hadn't related so strongly to the boy it described, who couldn't stop himself from screwing up no matter how much he wanted to.

But those questions are moot. I was already familiar with Kasher, and enjoy his stand-up quite a bit. I find him incredibly intelligent, and very good at subverting what seems like fairly standard, offensive/un-PC humor. And man do I relate to that boy that Moshe Kasher was. I may not have been raised by deaf parents, nor am I Jewish with an ultra-religious father, and I didn't slide as far as Kasher, but I very easily could have, very nearly almost did. Additionally, Kasher is only a couple years older than I am, so a lot of the cultural touchstones mentioned here are the same I experienced. I felt like I was Kasher, or could have been. I knew him. He was just like some of the kids I was hanging with, sharing forties and smoking weed and taking pills. Screwin' up.

It's probably because I related so strongly that I was able to overlook most of the problems of the book, some of which are fairly glaring. The biggest issue is that Kasher doesn't go out of his way to separate his voice from the voice of his 13 through 17 year old selves, so a lot of times he comes across as, well, a dumb kid who is acting out. He says offensive things, and we don't really get much of that intellect that Kasher injects on stage to defuse or flip the obnoxiousness. Still, that's not to say that the book is without insight, and the further you get in to the book, the better it gets. By the end, it's actually quite touching, and I'm not afraid to admit that I teared up quite a bit once Kasher finally found himself and started to heal rather than just numb the pain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By blackedrainbow on March 29, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I found out about Moshe Kasher through another comic, watched a stand-up special that was on Netflix, and then I bought this book. So glad I did.

I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more and now I am recommending it. The book is easy to read and you feel as if Moshe is like a best friend you never had.

I am better at complaining than I am at praising. Hence, the short review. Just read the damn book, it will make you feel better about everything. Trust me.
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