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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

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ISBN13: 9780446584265
ISBN10: 0446584266
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Rising young comedian Moshe Kasher is lucky to be alive. He started using drugs when he was just 12. At that point, he had already been in psychoanlysis for 8 years. By the time he was 15, he had been in and out of several mental institutions, drifting from therapy to rehab to arrest to... you get the picture. But Kasher in the Rye is not an eye opener to the horrors of addiction. It's a hilarious memoir about the absurdity of it all.

When he was a young boy, Kasher's mother took him on a vacation to the West Coast. Well it was more like an abduction. Only not officially. She stole them away from their father and they moved to Oakland, California. That's where the real fun begins, in the war zone of Oakland Public Schools. He was more than just out of control — his mother walked him around on a leash, which he chewed through and ran away.

Those early years read like part Augusten Burroughs, part David Sedaris, with a touch of Jim Carrol... but a lot more Jewish. In fact, Kasher later spends time in a Brooklyn Hasidic community. Then came addicition....

Brutally honest and laugh-out-loud funny, Kasher's first literary endeavor finds humor in even the most horrifying situations.

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"In this memoir of high-octane intensity, L.A. standup comic Kasher takes 'a drug-filled journey through the harrowing years of my youth.' Insights abound as he wanders through the 'creaky secret rooms' of memory, recalling the teen turmoil that followed his chaotic childhood where 'Life was the wound.' He begins with the separation of his deaf parents and his mother fleeing New York for the 'murderfest' of Oakland, where vitriolic verbal sparring became his weapon in schoolyard conflicts: 'I slowly started sharpening my tongue on the whetstone of Oakland Public Schools.' At age 13, he began using LSD: 'The bad part about mind-expanding drugs when you are 13 years old is that there isn't really much to expand upon.' Images by Oakland muralist Ezra Li Eismont illustrate this troubled teen odyssey of friendships, fights, thefts, graffiti tagging, weed, rehab, therapy, and psychiatric lockdown: 'One of the coolest things about being locked up in a mental hospital when you're 13 is... wait, I'm thinking.' Although Kasher in print is not as funny as his hilarious standup routines, he writes with an imaginative flair and a razor-edge ferocity." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Moshe Kasher is a stand-up comedian. He lives alone in Los Angeles. In 2009 he was named Comic of the Year by Itunes. He has been featured on Comedy Central's John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Lately, and has performed at many international comedy festivals including the prestigious "Just For Laughs" festival in Montreal, "South By Southwest" and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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Catherine Winick, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Catherine Winick)
Fast read. Moving and troubling. Poignant and important. Reads like fiction. Makes reader want the next in the series.
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snow mold, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by snow mold)
Could not put it down. Fast read. The subtitle tells you what it is about, and the new author's writing style keeps you captivated til the end. Kasher, when is your next book?
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spring22, July 7, 2012 (view all comments by spring22)
The author is a stand-up comic who turns a bit serious in documenting a childhood divided between a feminist mom on the west coast and an orthodox Jewish father on the east coast. Oh, and both of his parents are deaf. This is an adolescent's tale of feeling always like the "other", which leads him to explore various escape routes into comedy, gang life, and drug and alcohol addiction. The author seems to have made it through the worst, but here's hoping for a sequel, as the book, just like life, offers no neatly tied-up, happy ending.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446584265
Subtitle:
The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16
Author:
Kasher, Moshe
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this memoir of high-octane intensity, L.A. standup comic Kasher takes 'a drug-filled journey through the harrowing years of my youth.' Insights abound as he wanders through the 'creaky secret rooms' of memory, recalling the teen turmoil that followed his chaotic childhood where 'Life was the wound.' He begins with the separation of his deaf parents and his mother fleeing New York for the 'murderfest' of Oakland, where vitriolic verbal sparring became his weapon in schoolyard conflicts: 'I slowly started sharpening my tongue on the whetstone of Oakland Public Schools.' At age 13, he began using LSD: 'The bad part about mind-expanding drugs when you are 13 years old is that there isn't really much to expand upon.' Images by Oakland muralist Ezra Li Eismont illustrate this troubled teen odyssey of friendships, fights, thefts, graffiti tagging, weed, rehab, therapy, and psychiatric lockdown: 'One of the coolest things about being locked up in a mental hospital when you're 13 is... wait, I'm thinking.' Although Kasher in print is not as funny as his hilarious standup routines, he writes with an imaginative flair and a razor-edge ferocity." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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