A Jew Grows in Brooklyn by Jake Ehrenreich
The Curious Reflections of a First-Generation American

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The Arguably Dysfunctional Insights of a 'Kid' from Brooklyn

As a boy, Jake Ehrenreich wanted nothing more than to fit in. The reality of being the first American-born child of Holocaust survivors with thick European accents made him cringe, and he did everything he could to fit his vision of what it meant to be a 'real' American. His expertise on the ball field, good looks, and extraordinary musical talent gained him popularity, but deep inside, he was uncomfortable with his identity and his family's haunting past.

Only through his life-changing experiences—living a perilous rock 'n' roll lifestyle, battling drug abuse, womanizing, coping with his mother and two sisters' early-onset Alzheimer's disease, finding love, fathering the only child who will carry on his family name, and then dealing with his beloved dad's courageous battle with Parkinson's disease—did Jake Ehrenreich begin to appreciate and honor his family's heritage as well as himself.

Based on his hit show 'A Jew Grows in Brooklyn'—which ran in the heart of Broadway and continues to entertain audiences nationwide and which the New York Times described as 'beautiful . . . touching . . . funny'—these stories mine the same life-affirming voyage of self-discovery, while delving deeper into Ehrenreich's rich experiences.

 

About Jake Ehrenreich

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Jake Ehrenreich is an accomplished musician, actor, playwright, singer, and comedian. A child of Holocaust survivors, Jake now appears nationally in his hit Broadway show "A Jew Grows in Brooklyn." He has also appeared on Broadway in "Dancin','' "Barnum," and "They're Playing Our Song," and toured internationally as Ringo in Beatlemania. An exciting Master of Ceremonies, Jake has been tapped to headline at national conventions of major corporations. He lives with his wife and son in New York.
 
Published March 22, 2010 by HCI. 266 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction

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