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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishers Network; 1 edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193745424X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937454241
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,326,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an occasional customer of Rothstein's and the deli featured in As the Matzo Ball Turns, I found this book to be disturbingly fascinating along with punch-you-in-the-stomach funny. --Vincent Spano, Actor/Director (Alive, Oscar, Rumblefish)

As the Matzo Ball Turns is Day of the Locust with a side order of noodle kugel. It is a gonzo ten-year journey--in turns side-splittingly funny and heart wrenchingly sad--into the dark heart of the entertainment and restaurant business, seen through the jaundiced eyes of an aspiring actor turned waiter. This memoir will be chicken soup for the soul for anyone, anywhere, who has ever asked the eternal question, "Lord, how long must I wait?" --Robert Wallace, Former Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine

Rothstein's inside perspective of the harsh reality of pursuit intrinsic to the acting profession sheds a light on the dark side of Hollywood... frightening, harrowing, and with humor. --Deborah Miller, Hollywood Talent Agent/Manager

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Its very well written and funny!
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It truly is a journey we can all relate to even if you've never aspired to stardom.
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This book had me laughing out loud at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe M. Anderson on July 11, 2012
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This book should be primary reading for those with stars in their eyes heading to Hollywood. It's got some of the best stories and tales of woe I've heard in some time and was such a fun read!

Jozef Rothstein smacks the Matzo ball out of the park with plenty of wit, grit and hilarity of the "in and out" celebrity crowd he encountered while waiting tables in a famous restaurant. It also details his travails during acting auditions, acting lessons and the strange hangers-on and bottom-of-the-barrel types in agents and managers. And that's only half of it. At the same time, he's flogging his screenplays around town and finds lots of success - for the other guy! [Has an interesting and compelling story about a certain studio which he claims ripped off his idea].

The best part of this book, to me at least, is in finding out (through his clues) that the restaurant he worked was one I frequented almost daily. And in that, I could figure out who some of the characters are that he mentions. This was a personal bit of fun for me, as he is spot-on with some of his wackier co-workers and customers.

Whether entering show business, hip deep in it or one who simply enjoys a humorous take on celebrity culture, Rothstein's adventures in La-La-Land will reward you.
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By Michelle Montero on August 13, 2014
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What a great book!! It is well written, so much fun to read and absolutely hilarious. I laughed so hard that I cried and people passing by would stop me to ask what I was reading and what was so funny. I actually used to work in the red deli and therefore truly appreciate this story!! However anyone who has ever worked in either the restaurant or entertainment industry (they are typically one in the same) will enjoy this tremendously! Also a great read for anyone who is considering working in either of those industries. Or just anyone who loves a good story.
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Some good laughs. A few areas drone on a tad but worth wading through to get to the very funny dialogues and “visuals”. Great future movie material!
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"As the Motzo Ball Turns" is a funny, insightful and a fascinating window into one mans journey to make it in the den of evil we know as Hollywood. It is absolutely hilarious, the author is incredibly talented to be able to create humour out of his experiences that at times were disappointing. His amazing recall as a waiter in a Jewish deli included his daily encounters with many infamous people,crazy customers and colorful co-workers that had me laughing for hours! It is the unexpected combination of witty and realistic humanity that makes this book endearing. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I am hoping for a sequel!! I highly recommend this book.
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By dawn stelling on October 23, 2013
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This book is very funny and entertaining and enjoyable! A must read for anyone wanting to go to Hollywood and pursue acting..
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By Truly A. Magyar on October 2, 2013
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I loved every moment of reading this narrative of the author's experience in Hollywood and the restaurant. His word-play and colorful descriptions of people and events are just sheer comic genius. I immediately was drawn-in, feeling connected to the author as well as delighted by his stories. Not only is this book at least one laugh out loud per page, but it also touches you deeply regarding the challenges the author is having, and you find yourself really hoping he finds success and happiness. This book has it all- stark glimpses at human nature, good and bad, practical jokes, chases, jaw dropping moments and expansion. I truly enjoyed the insight into his life, and how it parallels my own and everyone's- and how we can all get through it- especially with a sense of humor!!
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By 2shoes on September 28, 2013
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As the Matzo Ball Turns was a heaving breath of fresh air in a world of disappointment. This author's perseverance should be used
as a guide for any Hollywood hopeful. He was able to make me feel like I was a part of any setback or achievement he experienced. After
reading this book I'm seriously questioning my 10% tip maximum for great restaurant service. I think, through trial and error, Jozef Rothstein has found his calling.
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By ckm on September 9, 2013
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Fun and enjoyable! An honest look at the personalities and challenges that it takes to make it in Hollywood when you have no connections but only the WILL to breakthrough. I was routing for you all the way to the end! A must read.
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