By Moshe Kasher
Grand Central Publishing, $24.99, 300 pages
Moshe Kasher’s Kasher in the Rye documents his descent into drugs, vandalism and overall trouble beginning when he is twelve. Kasher’s parents are both deaf, which allows Moshe to get into all sorts of trouble while distorting the truth since he is his mother’s interpreter. Trouble begins when his mother leaves New York City and his father to live in Oakland with his grandmother and brother. Kasher is overweight, unpopular and ashamed of his Jewishness. While desperate to fit in and hanging out with the wrong crowd leads Kasher down the wrong path, he seems to love weed, LSD, alcohol and phone sex nonetheless.
Given that Kasher is a comedian, you expect this memoir to be funny. But, at times, this reviewer felt there was a bit of exaggeration, too. As long as the reader enters this relationship of a glimpse into Kasher’s early childhood, he will be genuinely entertained and kept wondering if and how Kasher will be able to get out of the deep hole he has dug for himself.
Reviewed by Seniye Groff