Kasher in the Rye
A rising comedian describes with humor and feeling the absurdity of his troubled youth in Oakland, California, where his mother walked him on a leash until he chewed through it and ran away and started taking drugs at age 12.
Late-night comedian Moshe Kasher's drug memoir is by turns funny and shocking. Growing up in an Oakland ghetto, Kasher was usually the only white kid in class, and always the only Jewish kid. He began using drugs at age 12 and had finished three rounds of rehab by the time he was 15. He describes the world of Oakland and LA gangs, his affinity for rap music, his deaf parents' neuroses, and his experience living in a Brooklyn Hasidic community with his father. The memoir ends on a redemptive note, as Kasher eventually learns to embrace all aspects of his identity, graduates from an alternative high school program, and goes to college. The book includes b&w illustrations by Oakland graffiti artist Ezra Li Eismont. Annotation Â©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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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.
A rising comedian describes with humor the absurdity of his troubled youth in Oakland, California, where his mother walked him on a leash until he chewed through it and ran away and started taking drugs at age twelve.
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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This is not an eye-opening story on the horrors of addiction, rather a funny memoir on the absurdity of it. Kasher recalls his troubled childhood, including drugs, rehab, and mental institutions, his neurotic parents, and living in a Brooklyn Hasidic community. Somehow Kasher manages to find humo... Read More »
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