Kasher in the Rye by Moshe Kasher
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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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.
 

About Moshe Kasher

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Moshe Kasher is a stand-up comedian. He lives alone in Los Angeles. In 2009 he was named Comic of the Year by Itunes. He has been featured on Comedy Central's John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Lately, and has performed at many international comedy festivals including the prestigious "Just For Laughs" festival in Montreal, "South By Southwest" and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
 
Published March 28, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 307 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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He is frank about the appeal of drug abuse to self-loathing, marginalized teenagers: “I walked around the world convinced that I had some private information that had been kept from the rest of the squares in the world.” Kasher is equally honest about his callous treatment of his long-suffering m...

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standup comic Kasher takes “a drug-filled journey through the harrowing years of my youth.” Insights abound as he wanders through the “creaky secret rooms” of memory, recalling the teen turmoil that followed his chaotic childhood where “Life was the wound.” He begins with the separati...

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Examiner

We’ve come to expect that books, even memoirs, by comedians will be… well, funny.

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San Francisco Chronicle

After several unsuccessful rehab attempts, Kasher hits bottom, stealing from his long-suffering mom before meeting a teacher who lets him escape algebra and earn a GED if he promises to work hard and read a certain classic coming-of-age yarn.

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Library Journal

MEMOIR Working her way through a disastrous divorce, Overton, an anesthesiologist, recounts her attempts to get back on track, to balance her life with her two daughters, heal herself, and dip back into the dating pool.

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Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family wp.me/p2DwkQ-cmT http://t.co/FN0NuUFC Moshe Kasher’s Kasher in the Rye documents his descent into drugs, vandalism and ove...

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The Roanoke Times

It should be noted that Kasher’s style is not politically correct, as when he describes a group of mentally retarded children as “thick-browed paste eaters.” More of the same cutting, in-your-face, offensive attitude permeates the work, and, unfortunately, too often robs Kasher’s narrative — and ...

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My San Antonio

And you think, “How could any parent do that to a child?” After reading “Kasher in the Rye” (get it?), a memoir in which wild child Moshe Kasher is leashed by his mother at an early age, you may think, “Smart woman!” Kasher is a standup comedian and author, who was born to poor, deaf parents.

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Newcity Lit

Kasher fell through the system when he was placed in special ed, finding salvation in the company of the “local shitheads.” Anecdotes of Kasher’s rise from social outcast to drug addict, mental patient and small-time criminal in a gang of wannabe thugs by age fourteen are fiercely entertaining a...

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The Spit Take

The recent glut of comedy podcasts has obscured that other glut of comedians-talking-about-themselves-outside-of-stand-up outlet: the comedy book.

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Campus Circle

After all, how could someone who seems as outwardly put together as Kasher –– a now accomplished stand-up comedian, writer and actor –– have tallied up so many dismaying life experiences, all before he was even old enough to get his driver's license?

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Minnesota Daily

In his soul-bearing memoir, LA-based comic Moshe Kasher recounts his harrowing journey through childhood, adolescence and addiction.

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