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Foreword A. J. Jacobs Jacobs, A. J.
Preface Shana Liebman Liebman, Shana
Losing It Josh Swiller Swiller, Josh 2
The Anti-Mensch Ophira Eisenberg Eisenberg, Ophira 6
SJF Seeks Donor Lori Gottlieb Gottlieb, Lori 11
Me Make Fire for Lynn Lynn Harris Harris, Lynn 16
In a Different Light Eric Weingrad Weingrad, Eric 20
All Eighteen Inches David J. Rosen Rosen, David J. 25
Let It Breathe D. C. Benny Benny, D. C. 32
Grandma Betty Liz Feldman Feldman, Liz 38
I Am Anxious Jonathan Kesselman Kesselman, Jonathan 42
Benzos and Breast Cancer Stephanie Green Green, Stephanie 45
Unprotected: A Confession Rachel Kramer Bussel Bussel, Rachel Kramer 52
Out of the Bag Noah Tarnow Tarnow, Noah 57
Prime-Time Playa Andy Borowitz Borowitz, Andy 66
My Stalker Mike Albo Albo, Mike 69
The Professional Jacob Austen Austen, Jacob 74
The Money Was Good Robbie Chafitz Chafitz, Robbie 79
A Field Guide to the North American Bigfoot Ben Greenman Greenman, Ben 84
Approaching a Lunatic Adam Lowitt Lowitt, Adam 91
Hollywood Sucks Darin Strauss Strauss, Darin 95
Baruch Atah Nathaniel Simon Rich Rich, Simon 102
We Want Bo Derek Joshua Neuman Neuman, Joshua 109
Gershon Rebecca Addelman Addelman, Rebecca 114
The Mossad Bought Me Nachos and a Sprite Joey Garfield Garfield, Joey 119
Exodus Elliott Kalan Kalan, Elliott 125
Helping Hand Todd Levin Levin, Todd 131
Freaking Jordan Carlos Carlos, Jordan 136
One Night at Gimbels Rena Zager Zager, Rena 140
The True Meaning of Christmas Byron Kerman Kerman, Byron 144
Poop Sandwich Abby Sher Sher, Abby 148
As Time Went By Michael Green Green, Michael 154
And Baby Makes ... Four Caryn Aviv Aviv, Caryn 164
Lesbians atTemple Lisa Kron Kron, Lisa 168
Mama Ann Joel Stein Stein, Joel 173
Phone Home Avi Gesser Gesser, Avi 178
Little Isaac's Nozzle of Love Steve Almond Almond, Steve 184
True Tales from Katzalot Mark Katz Katz, Mark 194
Bar Mitzvah: The Musical! Matthew Loren Cohen Cohen, Matthew Loren 200
Herzog Versus Davis Hal Sirowitz Sirowitz, Hal 206
Fake Farm Laura Silverman Silverman, Laura 209
My Whole Hair Story Todd Rosenberg Rosenberg, Todd 214
Half and Half Raven Snook Snook, Raven 220
Weight Watchers at Gunpoint Wendy Shanker Shanker, Wendy 224
Mustorderitis Michael Showalter Showalter, Michael 228
Boiling Point Allen Salkin Salkin, Allen 231
The Eyes of the Beholder Najla Said Said, Najla 235
Finding My Kegel Muscles Stephen Glass Glass, Stephen 238
Body Hair Annette Ezekial Kogan Kogan, Annette Ezekial 244
Masturbating Class: A Hands-on Experience Alix Strauss Strauss, Alix 249
Posted December 17, 2009
While I was excited to review Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish, I was a bit worried that I wouldn't fully appreciate the humor or the nuances of the writing. I found the book thoroughly entertaining, even though I'm not Jewish. The book is divided into six parts: Sex, Drugs, Work, Youth, Family, and Body & Soul. Each part has from six to twelve short stories, each by a different author. The stories of young love, awkward encounters, and self-discovery are sometimes touching, often hilarious, and fun.
The stories aren't connected, so you can start with any story. You'll likely not be able to stop at one. I would read at least three or four at a sitting. No doubt the stories would be even more enjoyable to someone fully familiar with the culture and religion.
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 26, 2009), 288 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
Posted December 9, 2009
I loved this collection of funny, loving and original essays that zeroe in on some of what it means to have a Jewish sensibility. These are irreverent, quirky, and off center pieces written by known and unknown mostly Jews in their 20's and 30"s . They are always appealing and self-aware even hyper-alert young Jewish people looking and laughing at themselves.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2009
This compilation by Heeb magazine combines humor with a profound look at being a Jewish-American assimilated into the country's culture yet keeping oneself partially immersed in Judaism. The forty-eight essays are divided unequally into six classifications that cleverly reflect like for a Jew in the United States: sex, drugs, work, youth, family, body and soul. Each is well written to bring out an experience using PowerPoint as Caryn Aviv did rather than the Rabbi or "Lesbians at temple" in which Lisa Kron explains the meaning of "Please Rise" during the High Holy days using bowel obstruction for lucid denotation. Whether it is naked at the kibbutz (Rebecca Addelman) or seeing the Hebrew School teacher naked at her home (Eric Weingrad), readers will enjoy this irreverent yet relevant look at being Jewish in America. As my spouse fondly recalls growing up with an Orthodox mom, a pagan dad, and two leaning towards paganism brothers, he remains proud four decades after bringing out into the open over the kitchen table: the point spread during Chanukah with the pot being chocolate money. This collection is a terrific anthology that uses jocularity to tell the story of Jews adapting in America several generations after having our centuries old ancestral names anglicized at Ellis.
Posted December 8, 2011
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Posted April 28, 2011
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