African-American and Orthodox Jewish blogger MaNishtana’s "not-autobiography” Thoughts from a Unicorn is a witty, straight-talking collection of memoirs, essays, and a few haikus that will take you on a journey of laughs, tears, self-reflection, learning, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Full of insight, reflections on personal experiences, fond memories and honest regrets, this book will have you reaching for the tissue box sitting next to the pen and notepad you’ll want to keep on hand just to remember more than a few points. As any reader of his blog, www.manishtana.net, knows, his sharp humor cuts straight to the core of a matter. You’ll never be left guessing, but maybe wondering, at the end of each chapter.
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About the Author
MaNishtana was born in 1982 into an African-American Orthodox Jewish family which traces its African-American Jewish roots seven generations back. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Shoshana. As the blogger behind MaNishtana.net, he works to nurture unity and strengthen multifaceted identity within the Jew of Color community, and invites all to participate in this niche social media site’s conversations. As the founder of JOCFlock.org, an online dating site for Jews of Color, MaNishtana helps Jews of Color find their zivug/beshert. A social activist more by chance than choice, his life’s true passions include a constant quest for the best rum or scotch, 1940’s films, and winning arguments through proliferous use of sarcasm. He can be reached at .
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Thoughts From A Unicorn: 100% Black. 100% Jewish. 0% Safe. based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ma Nishtana really does tell it like it is. His story is well told and extremely enlightening. I hope to read more from this author.
I`m not generally a fan of autobiographies or irreverent humour, the latter often gets too close to the bone and is I offer, just clever people looking down their noses and extolling their superior wit at the expense of lesser mortals. Thoughts from a Unicorn is not like that at all, it hit the nail almost right on the head for me but if only the spelling was correct. It's colour MaNishtana, but I expect it gets lost in translation. Back to the humour, and there is a lot, I had a full-on belly laugh at one or two points, and to boot, this book is not just humorous but well written and riveting. I had to finish it in two sittings, only interrupted because of pesky work commitments. The prose is really accessible also. The explanations are tight and straight to the point, no lengthy metaphor to add artistic licence which is cool in the right book but here we had a straight forward read that got to the point and grabbed you by the short and curlies - pe'ots, I'm talking about pe'ots, shhhh. What?? You thought I meant something else? Anyway, as well as being readable I would categorically suggest this as essential reading for every Jew, black, white or whatever because of the content on the abhorrent racist experiences of American Jews of color (sic). Thankfully (how does it go? B'ruch Ha'shem), I haven't had to experience it myself from white Jews in the UK, but that's because I move with people who are more, ahem, of a progressive bent, and people of my own colour. When in Zurich recently my daughter and I went to a Kosher restaurant for lunch and were grilled left ways and side ways before we gained entry - security paranoia or racism, I don't know but it makes you think. Nevertheless, I wholeheartedly recommend this book even if it is just to get people talking, and if so, it's done its job. MaNishtana, if you are ever in UK, look me up, we'll drink whisky together (we never call whisky `Scotch', that's a bit of a misnomer). Buy it. I'd like to say more about racism but I may just post that on MaNishtana's FB. Here it's about the book. Go on, what are you waiting for?