“Theodore Ross, who may or may not be Jewish, is excellent company on the page. Whether he’s discovering secret Jews in New Mexico, attempting to discern the brighter side of Orthodox Judaism, or interrogating his family members about their own religious foibles and dodges, Am I a Jew? is always moving, heartfelt, funny, and alive. This is a terrific—and terrifically odd—memoir.”
—TOM BISSELL, author of Extra Lives and Magic Hours
"Am I a Jew is a brilliant American odyssey, one that is both inside and outside of traditions both national and religious; it's also often very funny, and always very empathic; Ross has written a genuinely great book."
—RIVKA GALCHEN, author of Atmospheric Disturbances
"[This] intelligent and altogether entertaining account of searching out the roots of identity will be of interest not only to those who've asked, 'Am I a Jew?' but also to anyone who's ever wondered, 'What am I, anyway?' One finishes this book thankful for a fuller understanding of the diverse strains within the Jewish tradition and not a little awed by the writer's compelling mix of skepticism, candor, and love."
—GARRET KEIZER, author of Privacy and The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want
"An elegant guide for the perplexed inhabitants of our increasingly disorienting world, Am I a Jew? is a profound meditation on the nature of modern identity."
—ROGER HODGE, author of The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism
THEODORE ROSS is the articles editor of Men's Journal. Cofounder of the parenting blog DadWagon, Ross's essays, features, and fiction have appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic, Saveur, Tin House, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family.See all Editorial Reviews
Fascinating for those, like me, who are interested in Jewish survival. And fun to read!Published 3 days ago by Joseph S. Silverman, MD
you all are angry because you are missing the point. Mr. Ross _does not want to be a Jew_. He has no other choice,because the Southern Christers know he is, and the Southern Jews... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jonathan Swift
Have only read first few chapters but book has shown me that it is Not by might nor by power but by the spirit is the children of G-d returning and knowing who they are. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Judy Barar
I actually found it to be an interesting read. The author is sort of like me, non observant, yet interested in his inherited faith. Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Martin JM