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Hearing Child of Deaf Parents Writes Book

KasherInTheRyeA book written by Moshe Kasher, 32, who is said to be hearing child of deaf parents, is getting some press.

John Letzing with The Wall Street Journal San Francisco Bay Area reported on his book.

Then Library Journal published a review of the book "Kosher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy From Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16". Reviewer Julie Kane says "... how can you resist a kid who chews through a leash, who explains the experiences of having deaf parents as being treated like 'retarded royalty,' and follows up with examples that will have readers nodding in sympathetic agreement?"

Library Journal Review
Kasher, Moshe. 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. Grand Central. Mar. 2012. 320p. ISBN 9780446584265. $24.99. MEMOIR


At just four-years-old, stand-up comedian Kasher was placed in psychotherapy. The youngest hearing child of two deaf parents, he was taken “on vacation” at age one by his mother to Oakland, CA, from their home in New York City and they never went back. Kasher was the ultimate troubled child. As a white kid raging through Oakland, he found the bliss of escape through every kind of high he could get. Kasher’s biting sense of humor lends a comedic tone to tragic events as he revisits his addictions and academic struggles (including time spent wondering whether he was, in fact, retarded). VERDICT While we’ve all had enough of the recovered-addict memoir, how can you resist a kid who chews through a leash, who explains the experience of having deaf parents as being treated like “retarded royalty,” and follows up with examples that will have readers nodding in sympathetic agreement? If you’re going to read a recovery memoir, read one by a killer comedian.

Sources: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204369404577207183559813026.html

http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2012/02/collection-development/memoir-short-takes/memoir-short-takes-gavin-mcinnes-pisses-in-public-moshe-kasher-comes-of-age-in-oakland/

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