Dick and Jane are all grown up, and they're living in the real world-and it's full of tsuris (troubles). That's the premise of this hilarious little book, which functions both as a humorous tale and a genuine guide to a language with a sentiment and world view all its own. Jane is married to Bob and has two perfect children. Dick schmoozes with business people over golf: "Schmooze, Dick. Schmooze...." Their sister, Sally, who teaches a course in "Transgressive Feminist Ceramics," can see that life is not perfect, even though dear Dick and Jane cannot. Their mother has a stroke ("Oy vey, Jane," says Dick when he learns the news). Bob's best friend's wife is having an affair because the best friend himself is gay ("'Tom is more than gay, Sally,' says Dick. 'He is overjoyed.'... 'Oy Gotenyu oh, God help us,' sighs Sally.") And purse dealers take advantage of the gullible. The brief story is priceless, but the equally funny glossary is a great reference to which readers can return any time they need the right Yiddish word-or whenever they need to determine whether the jerk they just saw is a putz, a schmo or a schmuck.
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Ellis Weiner has been an editor of National Lampoon, a columnist for Spy, and a contributor to many magazines, including The New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Pennsylvania.
Barbara Davilman lives in Los Angeles, where she writes for television.
A funny take on the old Dick and Jane series. Cute book as a gift.Published 4 days ago by FromAtlantaSuburb
Hilarious for those of us who grew up in Brooklyn, NY in the 1950's and 1960's whose grandparents and some parents were first generation immigrants from Eastern Europe. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Meema
Wonderful book, both in terms of vocabulary explanation and social commentary. I was somewhat, thought not completely, surprised to discover how many Ukrainian/Polish words were... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Bohdan Lechman
80 yrs old and laughed remembering my childhood!
Sent to my little sister who enjoyed it as well