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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 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

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  • Mandy
  • Cypress, CA, United States
  • 07-03-12

An entirely difference

Would you listen to Kasher in the Rye again? Why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both. Kasher has a real talent to take a serious subject and finding humor in it (without making you feel bad for laughing).

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Loved this audiobook!

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.

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fantastic

Fantastic book by a really great comic. Heartwrenching story with some funny bits to lighten the mood. Very it's narrated by Moshe.

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Possibly the best book I've ever listened to

This is the first review I've ever left,
I felt I had to.
I am going through some heavy stuff with an addict in my life. I have read and listened to almost every book there is on drug addiction. I wanted something lighter but that still dealt with the crap going on in my real life. I am so glad I picked this book! It is hilarious! There were so many times I would just burst out laughing. It showed both the "fun" side of the beginning of addiction, then made the serious stuff funny as hell too.

Thank you for writing this book! As I said I am in a really dark place with "my" addict and your book helped me get through so many hard days. I found myself not wanting to listen because I didn't want it to be over... I still don't! I know it sounds cheesy but I wish I could express how much this book helped me. I cry a lot & your book took me out of that for a little bit each day. Thank you for sharing your story, thank you for making me smile, thank you for giving me hope.

A good guy, that's what you became.

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Perfect in every way

burned through this book so fast, Moshe reads it with real pain, understanding and reflection.

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moshe killed it.

been a big fan of Moshe Kasher for a while. What a heart-wrenching relatable story for myself a fellow teenage fuck up. I only had to deal with the social side of being a fuck up not the academic side. what a strong dude took him out of that on the other side an egomaniac I'm lucky enough to be the same way. great comedy Moshe, even better book. Damn I love this guy on stage and especially on the Rogan podcast.

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couldn't put it down.

what a troubled kid. so many wild stories in such a short period of time.

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Funny and very moving!

I loved it! Listened to it in one day! Moshe's story was so moving and it made me feel hope that maybe one day my mother and i can reconcile. I will recommend it to everyone i know!!

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Touching & Very Entertaining

Listened to this at work & had to fight back the tears the last hour of the book. Definitely a great listen if youve dealt with addiction or mental issues at all. Inspiring.

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Even better in audio!

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!