Kasher in the Rye
Kasher in the Rye:
The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16
by Moshe Kasher
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In Los Angeles comedian Moshe Kasher’s first book, the clever vitriol of the performer’s fast-paced stand-up routines meets the vulnerable sincerity of a man who “gave a fuck very much.” His biography, distilled in the book’s lengthy subtitle, The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16, reads like a dayyenu refrain: Any one of these details “would have been enough” for readers to deem the writer’s adolescence both thorny and enthralling. And yet God granted more.
When it came to family life, Kasher was given quite a load to bear. In the early 1980s, his deaf mother (“a frantic, emotional waterfall of a woman”) kidnapped the infant Moshe and his older brother, David, relocating them from New York to the West Coast, out of their
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