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3.88136363636364 out of 53.88136363636364 out of 53.88136363636364 out of 53.88136363636364 out of 53.88136363636364 out of 5 3.88 (22 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: March 2012 ISBN: 9781611135510
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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

  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 ben | 4/20/2017

    " i honestly prefer moshe's regular stories to his stand up and would love to read/hear more long-form narrative from him. i got onto this after hearing about it on his appearance on the 'you made it weird' podcast and it did not disappoint. i am very glad he was the one narrating it, because he has a very smooth and handsome voice. i liked the bit about the phone sex. very good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/27/2014

    " Overall, it was pretty good....it wasn't slapstick funny but more observational humor, which was cool. I wish I could have learned more about how he became a comic but perhaps that'll be in the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Heller | 1/20/2014

    " Felt very much like reading the short stories of everyone I've ever dated. In those cases the stories were very much fiction. This is not. Couldn't put this down--I find memoirs about people hitting rock bottom and climbing back up pretty compelling. But very disturbing as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 1/19/2014

    " Fascinating, if somewhat overwritten, memoir of a teenage thug and drug addict who grew up to be a very cerebral stand-up comic. A spiritual cousin to Stephen Fry's "Moab Is My Washpot". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikki | 1/18/2014

    " Heart-breaking and hilarious. I've seen Moshe's stand-up before and was a fan but after reading about his life, I'm an uber fan. He's a brave, smart, fucked-up guy and a hardcore survivor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Hoagland | 12/7/2013

    " Normally when a book has the words "Heartfelt" on the book jacket, that's my signal to run, but this book was pretty hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 11/24/2013

    " Fabulous and funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allana Shivshankar | 11/19/2013

    " I didn't laugh out loud while reading this. More like smiled wryly throughout the entire thing. I related to most of it and it's one of my favorite memoirs. Very insightful, poignant and inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan Fribourg | 8/11/2013

    " A funny look into the serious aspect of growing up in the wrong crowd. Cool insight into the Oakland area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 El_kiablo | 6/10/2013

    " Not bad for an addiction memoir - certainly funny, and being raised by a deaf parent creates a lot of interesting circumstances - but at the end of the day there's still a lot of platitudes about sobriety in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Moira Russell | 5/21/2013

    " OK I guess....it started off well, but this book needed about 40% less bragging about banging and an equal amount more time devoted to his sobering-up to make it really good. No doubt it works better as a stand-up routine, like Fisher's Wishful Drinking. Read Dry by Augusten Burroughs instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 rob | 3/6/2013

    " An enjoyable, fast paced, quick read that balances tragedy and comedy well. This would have been a 3 star book for me, but the epilogue takes it up a whole notch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Levi | 11/16/2012

    " I don't know, maybe comedians' memoirs just aren't for me. Like the Birbiglia book there were some really good moments, but the whole thing just didn't hold together for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Martira | 10/5/2012

    " A well-written, self-aware memoir about fucking up and being out of control. There is something in Kasher's story for everyone who has made bad decisions, or had bad decisions thrust upon them, and found the grace to make a right turn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 9/26/2012

    " Loved this book. Kashers' stark humor and style of writing kept me on my toes. Eager to pick it up as soon as I put it down, I finished it quickly and look forward to finding some of his comedy acts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa Bobzien | 9/14/2012

    " Listened to the audio book while working - hilarious! Recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 7/11/2012

    " The book made drugs, alcohol, rehab, school, mental hospital etc... a horribly funny joke that makes you laugh all the way but still come out with a full understanding of how shitty life can get for those that can't seem to stop themselves from falling down the rabbit hole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Hodges | 4/22/2012

    " Loved it. Great voice, economical storytelling, funky bildungsroman, plus I've seen his comedy and would've never guessed that he had such a colorful background. "

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About the Author
Moshe Kasher is a stand up comedian and lives in Los Angeles. He has been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, and Chelsea Lately. He has performed at many international comedy festivals including the prestigious "Just For Laughs" festival in Montreal, Jamie Foxx's "Laffapalooza" festival and "South By Southwest." Moshe just finished shooting an MTV show, and he recently sold a show to Comedy Central, which he wrote and will star in.