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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (790 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Moshe Kasher Narrator: Moshe Kasher Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rising young comedian Moshe Kasher is lucky to be alive. He started using drugs when he was just 12. At that point, he had already been in psychoanlysis for 8 years. By the time he was 15, he had been in and out of several mental institutions, drifting from therapy to rehab to arrest to...you get the picture. But KASHER IN THE RYE is not an "eye opener" to the horrors of addiction. It's a hilarious memoir about the absurdity of it all.

When he was a young boy, Kasher's mother took him on a vacation to the West Coast. Well it was more like an abduction. Only not officially. She stole them away from their father and they moved to Oakland , California. That's where the real fun begins, in the war zone of Oakland Public Schools. He was more than just out of control-his mother walked him around on a leash, which he chewed through and ran away.

Those early years read like part Augusten Burroughs, part David Sedaris, with a touch of Jim Carrol...but a lot more Jewish. In fact, Kasher later spends time in a Brooklyn Hasidic community. Then came addicition...

Brutally honest and laugh-out-loud funny, Kasher's first literary endeavor finds humor in even the most horrifying situations. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Travelling the hard road from teenage addiction to recovery, from lost boy to human being, Moshe Kasher tells it straight. His book over-brims with bravado and heart-breaking awareness, and with an authenticity that rings so true it’s shattering. Frank and, above all, funny, this book is a marvel.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Fast-paced, humorous, and compelling…It is not easy for addicts to dig deep into their emotional truth about their experiences, but Kasher does a remarkable job.”

    Washington Post

  • A 2012 eMusic Best Audiobook of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by anna mcdorman | 2/16/2014

    " Oh Moshe Kasher, you sweet beautiful baby. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Diane Wilkes | 2/5/2014

    " Funny and incisive, this is a great book for young adults, especially those who are in trouble and need a guide through the dark. It's the story of the son of deaf parents who was a problem child and a dangerous, self-destructive per-teen and teenager. The narrator-protagonist is wickedly funny and brutally honest, sparing no one, least of all, himself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kai | 2/2/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book because Moshe Kasher's story is so compelling, but I couldn't get past how much his style/voice annoy me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emilia | 1/27/2014

    " A compelling story, brilliantly written. Hit home for me, also being a child of Oakland public schools in the 80s. Truth and beauty and horrors and laughs. What more could you ask for? "

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About the Author

Moshe Kasher is a stand-up comedian. He lives alone in Los Angeles. In 2009 he was named Comic of the Year by iTunes and has been featured on Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Chelsea Lately. He has also performed at many international comedy festivals, including the prestigious “Just for Laughs” festival in Montreal, “South By Southwest,” and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.