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.
I love love love this book. I read the hard copy a couple years ago but it was so much better to hear the author read it! You wouldn't think the tale of a kid struggling with addiction would be so funny but it is. A very relatable story!
I really love this book and the audio version is amazing. I would pay thousands of dollars for this I SWEAR. Moshe has such a unique life (to most I guess) and it also becomes really touching and I shed the slightest tear. Of course, you'll laugh a lot.
Moshe guides the reader through the captivating, hilarious and sometimes sombre tale of his adolescence with ease. Never boring and worth a thousand re-listens.
Very familiar story minus the deaf parents. Loved it, love him. Recommended to anyone looking for a great bio w/ some funny.
I am man who likes to learn either by reading or listening. There are so many good books it is hard to pick just one. I love this site!
this is a great book. it was an interesting and moving memoir. the story moved at a good speed and never slowed down. as s result, this book was hard to put down. a good book for anyone.
You know, 1st of all, Moshe does have a nice buttery voice. I literally couldn't stop listening (not 'cause of the voice, not JUST 'cause of the voice), but because this book is just strangely intriguing, and mostly because it's a memoir. I'd have the lovely image of rotten teenage wannabe gangster boys vandalizing city property before falling asleep. I really like how the author made such an effort to dissect a lot of what happened during those adolescent years, like a fiction novel. We all want to hear a success story after a brutally butchered past, but I still cannot help but to think he's still pretty broken. As much as I want to believe he's "whole", I can't seem to accept it. I don't doubt his success, but all I see is that he uses his comedy (which I've seen some videos on YouTube, and they're pretty great) to hide his vulnerability for acceptance from this world or whatever. It's like an adult version of little Moshe wanting to be accepted and have friends. Anyways all in all, I give it an A plus plus! :)
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