Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16

Written by:
Moshe Kasher
Narrated by:
Moshe Kasher

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2012
8 hours 43 minutes
“The finest, most moving and powerful memoir I have ever read.”—MAYIM BIALIK

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.

Brutally honest and laugh-out-loud funny, Kasher's first literary endeavor finds humor in even the most horrifying situations.
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Guadalupe C.

Good insight to what addiction does to the think g process

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I liked the book for its raw adolescent anger, accurate depiction of addictive behaviors, and authentic thug lexicon. The falling action was a bit disappointing with Kasher barely hinting at his theme. Like Holden, Kasher seems to be a bit of a stagnant character. I would have loved to see make more of an amends to his mother, although he did lip sync an “I love you, mom” near the end. I felt unsatisfied.

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Jennifer Castanon

What a superb listen! Poignant and hilarious all at once. I knew little of the author/narrator prior to this, but I am a fan now!

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