This rewarding book, which you'll want to pass on to family and
friends, is the first of its kind. Until King undertook this
project, no celebrity had ever before assembled a book about
growing up Jewish that presents totally new writing by famous
people, many of them entertainers themselves. Combining warmhearted
humor with a prideful nostalgia, these essays discuss life in the
Jewish family and neighborhood, being a Jew in a non-Jewish world,
Jewish holidays, and discovering the essence of being Jewish.
And so we savor the stories: Neil Sedaka on not becoming a
cantor; Alan Dershowitz on seeking a rabbinical blessing for that
new Brooklyn Dodger, Yakov Robinson; Susan Stamberg on learning
that the entire world was not, in fact, Jewish; Jerry Stiller on
the Jewish origins of his ambitions to become a comedian; Melissa
Manchester on finding her way to the faith. In his foreword to the
book, CNN's Larry King hails his much-missed departed friend,
Alan King -- the beloved comic, actor, producer, author,
philanthropist, and storyteller extraordinaire -- understood that
humor helped the Jewish people survive dark times through the ages
and that, in modern-day America, humor could wash away the barriers
between Jews and non-Jews. As a final section in this book, Rick
Moranis, Barbara Walters, and Billy Crystal recall the Alan King
they knew so well and laughed with so often. Enjoy.
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