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 eight 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. It was more of an abduction - just not officially. She stole him away from his father and they moved to Oakland, California. That's where the real fun began, 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 before running away.
Those early years were part Augusten Burroughs, part David Sedaris, with a touch of Jim Carrol...but a lot more Jewish. In fact, Kasher later spent 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.
©2012 Moshe Kasher (P)2012 Hachette
Hearing Kasher read his own story was very emotional for me. I am a big fan of his comedy and now have an entirely different respect for him.
It was a classic story of a troubled child and his struggles to change. However, I did not find this repetitive or cheesy. The story was raw. With the luxury of having Moshe Kasher tell it with his own voice, you could feel how real his experiences were.
Both. Kasher has a real talent to take a serious subject and finding humor in it (without making you feel bad for laughing).
This is one of those books that I think is better as an audiobook. I really enjoyed hearing the author read his story. He has (not surprisingly) a great sense of humor and delivery.
I love well-written memoirs, and this is definitely among the best I've read. I am amazed that this guy made it out of childhood alive. A wonderful book—I loved every second of it.
If you're considering reading this book, I highly advise it. Kahser's original and beautiful writing style gives the whole story such a unique voice that carries the story gracefully from place to place, never knowing what you'll get next. Do take caution: this book contains an abundance of drug use, rape accusations, and more. However, light is not cast upon these subjects. He talks about how psychedelics and psychotropics turned him in to a psycho. He went to rehabilitation centers and psych wards all through the book for different things. Overall, I would highly recommend this book. I'll make my children read it, and my children's children. It's eye opening, moving, and funny. It is just a wonderful story.
Moshe Kasher's book is insightful, honest, and funny. One of my favorite current comedic voices, I knew a little about his chaotic upbringing, but this book was an eye-opening peek into the madness Kasher was immersed as a teen in Oakland. He is bluntly real about his own doichebaggery toward his family and his struggle to overcome addiction and psychological issues. This is an engrossing story and his narration adds the perfect level of snarkiness or emotion, depending on the moment.
Get this book. You won't regret it.
I haven't seen the print version, so I'm not sure I can accurately answer this, but I was a little disappointed in the audio version. I don't know if he was trying to compensate for his slight lisp (which I adore, btw) or if he was reacting to the feedback of others, but I felt like he was over-enunciating and it just sounded slightly awkward. I usually love his delivery during stand up, and this just felt a little more... robotic than that.
I loved his stories about being Jewish, and I really did appreciate his explanation of both growing up w/ a parent who forced pop psychology on him as well as how addiction takes you down. I can relate to both of those last two things!
In this book? Stiff, robotic, not natural. Usually, though, I love it!
No. I enjoyed it, but the stories began to be so similar after a while that I had to take breaks. But I loved coming back to it every time! I listened to it in about 3 days.
I thought the book was extremely powerful and I enjoyed it. Hands down, I really enjoyed it. I don't think it will be for everyone, but I related to it in a lot of ways and I learned a lot from it. I'm a huge fan of Moshe Kasher and will always support his efforts by buying his stuff or seeing him live when I can. Knowing more about his origin story has given me an even deeper appreciation of him and his humor and success. I grew up with a disabled parent. Even though she wasn't deaf, I can relate to A LOT of the things he says about her. And while my struggles in school were different, I also know what it's like to get lost in the system. And addiction... well, I know that one well, too. So this book was very dear to me in many ways.
I had checked this comedian's podcast and knew a little bit about him. He's been through a lot but told his story in a funny way
There were so many, I can't pinpoint.
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