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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (October 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573442194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573442190
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,099,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Matthue Roth is the kind of person you move to San Francisco to meet." -- Kirk Read, author of How I Learned to Snap

"Matthue Roth reminds us of all the rich, amazing worlds we can share if we follow our own hearts." -- Daphne Gottlieb

"This is an utterly compelling book, talmudic in its thoroughness, as energetic and winning as Matthue himself." -- Jennifer Traig, author of Devil in the Details

About the Author

Matthue Roth has performed his poetry on Def Poetry Jam, at Rock the Vote events, and on three national solo tours. The author of the young adult novel Never Mind the Goldbergs. He lives in San Francisco.

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Read this one in a day, and it's a compelling and funny story that I couldn't put down.
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The book moves along very nicely the first 1/3, gets bogged down in the middle and the last 1/3 is just immobile, stuck in it's own self importance.
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I came to this book as a Christian-raised East coaster who lacks a big picture in most of the matters described herein.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob Austin on November 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Matthue Roth's autobiography is the story of a young man who has decided to become an Orthodox Jew in the way punk rock kids go straight-edge. Like, you're born one way, but then it gets serious.

What's more he decided to move to San Francisco and hang out with a ragtag bunch of, I don't know, San Francisco people that I can only assume would have knocked his rabbi's socks off. Which I don't know much about. I came to this book as a Christian-raised East coaster who lacks a big picture in most of the matters described herein.

Simply put, I was blown away.

Whether these memoirs are half-remembered or utterly fabricated is impossible for me to say - for all I know every word of the novel could be direct from a diary and true as gospel - but I have never encountered such a touching and fascinating insight into the process of being a twenty whatever year old kid and moving somewhere looking for something and finding what might have possibly been what you were looking for, and maybe not.

Fascinating because of the detail. When sometimes, after a few too many drinks, I might think to myself how interesting my life has been and, if events were laid in the proper order, it might actually be interesting, could actually feel like a book. Roth seems to have drunk just enough to remember it all perfectly and beautifully. His descriptions of ennui and hopelessness read like boredom preening its fur with waves of electricity rippling down the novel's spine.

Many could easily compare this to Dave Eggar's blockbuster knock 'em sock 'em of young man memoir a few years back.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
Compelling book by a great author. Found another of his books, Nevermind the Goldbergs and fell in love with it. Read this one in a day, and it's a compelling and funny story that I couldn't put down. Defintely recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Kirshner on September 5, 2009
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Matthue Roth is so not normal. His book is one about a journey, but not a clear-cut path. This road to self-discovery is about the actual trail, not the final arrival, because there is not one; rather, this is just a snippet of an honest voice, a revealing character. YKAGG is basically about a man growing up, moving to San Francisco, exploring his Judaism, as well as everything else around him, and being kick-ass the whole way through, all set to a soundtrack of rhythmic experiences, flowing thoughts, footnotes, and They Might Be Giants. On his path, Matthue befriends rainbow-hued feminists, wandering transgenders, Orthodox rabbis, and strippers, to name a few. His world is interesting, to say the least. But Matthue's voice lends irony and a genuine heart. He is open, and open-minded. His honesty draws in the reader to listen to his stories of a world where everyone has a story too, and where curiosity is golden. As Matthue grows, the reader feels as though he or she has been observing a friend, listening to a tale of guess-what-just-happened-last-night. Matthue Roth is compleely un-pretentious and keeps his punk meets geeky meets introspective edge throughout the memoir. Yom Kippur A Go-Go maintains a certain integrity and is not presented as anything life-changing, but as a look into a time in a life, that of a person who is absolutely crazy, and amazing too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Constance Clare-Newman on November 2, 2005
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In Yom Kipppur a go go, the author revels in difference, like so many of us who live here in the San Francisco area. He moves between several sub-cultures and gives plenty of yummy details from both an outsider and a newish insider perspective. This slice-of-life engaged me, made me laugh and made me ponder the integration (or lack of) varying parts of my own life.
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More About the Author

Matthue Roth is a Hasidic author, slam poet, and screenwriter. His first book, Never Mind the Goldbergs, was an ALA Popular Paperback in Religion and a NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age.

He's also written a memoir about becoming Orthodox (Yom Kippur a Go-Go), a supermodel spy caper (Candy in Action), and a cover of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" starring Russian Jewish immigrants (Losers).

By day, he is a video game designer, and co-created the irreverent Biblical YouTube series G-dcast. Matthue lives with his family in Brooklyn, and he keeps a secret online diary at www.matthue.com.

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