Roots Schmoots: Journeys among Jews

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In this brilliant memoir, Howard Jacobson describes his journey to his ancestral home in Lithuania to discover his Jewish roots -- with stops along the way in the Catskills, Manhattan, Tucson, Los Angeles, Eilat, Jerusalem, Tiberias, Haifa, and Sefat. Roots Schmoots is fast, funny, and furious, but beneath its surface there is a profound and moving exploration of what it is to be a Jew in the late twentieth century.
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Overview

In this brilliant memoir, Howard Jacobson describes his journey to his ancestral home in Lithuania to discover his Jewish roots -- with stops along the way in the Catskills, Manhattan, Tucson, Los Angeles, Eilat, Jerusalem, Tiberias, Haifa, and Sefat. Roots Schmoots is fast, funny, and furious, but beneath its surface there is a profound and moving exploration of what it is to be a Jew in the late twentieth century.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When fast-breaking political events forced British novelist Jacobson ( Peeping Tom ) to put off a trip to Lithuania planned as a search for his Jewish roots, he accepted an offer from the BBC to visit Jewish communities around the globe instead. This informed and witty account of his experiences deals with the wide variety of contemporary Jewish life, as well as with how Jacobson's observations affected his own concept of what it means to be a Jew. Riding an emotional roller coaster, he witnessed the hostility between Jews and African Americans in New York City, attended services in a gay synagogue in California and found his basic cynicism about religion reinforced after he spent time with Orthodox Jews in Israel, although his spirits were lifted by a visit to an idealistic, tolerant Israeli kibbutz. His journey concluded with the postponed trip to Lithuania, where the author found virulent anti-Semitism. The book has been adapted for a forthcoming BBC/PBS documentary. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879516055
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 502
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Jacobson
Howard Jacobson
An award-winning writer and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, brought up in Prestwich and was educated at Stand Grammar School in Whitefield, and Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied under F. R. Leavis. He lectured for three years at the University of Sydney before returning to teach at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His novels include The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Kalooki Nights (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize) and the highly acclaimed The Act of Love.
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