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The lasting charm of Kaufman’s stories lies in a delightful mix of personal incidents and observations set against an anchoring backdrop of cultural tradition. His new collection is filled with tales from his parents’ homeland in the Ukraine, his own childhood reminiscences, and his adult travels. We watch the young author forced alongside "every Jewish boy on the block" to emulate Yehudi Menuhin on a ten-dollar violin with a moldy bow until the boy is spared by an innate lack of talent and his father’s judgment of his concert: "Enough is enough is more than enough." Kaufman is carefully attuned to the awkwardness of adulthood as well as to that of early adolescence. In "Interlude in Bangkok," his narrator scours the city for a synagogue while pursued by a prostitute. Later he and a friend encounter Greta Garbo in a museum café and are too frightened to approach her. "I am not she," intones the mysterious movie star, and in his own way, Kaufman says that of himself in these stories through an autobiograp

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword Baruch Feldstern
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. ForewordPeter Pitzele
  2. p. xi
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  1. Who I Am
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Humoresque
  2. pp. 9-13
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  1. Kaplansky’s Troubles
  2. pp. 14-21
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  1. Grandfather and the Poretz
  2. pp. 22-28
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  1. Seymour
  2. pp. 29-33
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  1. The Flower of the South
  2. pp. 34-40
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  1. The Passing of Bubbeleh
  2. pp. 41-47
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  1. The Missing Ear
  2. pp. 48-53
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  1. Sabbath with the Golem of Prague
  2. pp. 54-62
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  1. You’re One Lucky Guy
  2. pp. 63-67
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  1. Miller the Shammes
  2. pp. 68-74
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  1. The French Jew
  2. pp. 75-80
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  1. Conversation at a Wake
  2. pp. 81-86
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  1. The Yerid
  2. pp. 87-90
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  1. The Misbegotten Wedding
  2. pp. 91-96
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  1. Don’t Blame It on Greta Garbo
  2. pp. 97-102
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  1. A Coin in a Pinchpurse
  2. pp. 103-108
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  1. Mosquitoes
  2. pp. 109-113
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  1. The Lady Who Loved God
  2. pp. 114-118
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  1. Bluma
  2. pp. 119-124
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  1. The Delivery Boy
  2. pp. 125-132
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  1. The Day My Mother Cried
  2. pp. 133-138
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  1. Yom Kippur at Twelve
  2. pp. 139-143
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  1. My Father’s Mother
  2. pp. 144-149
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  1. At the Rebbe’s Tish
  2. pp. 150-155
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  1. I Am Not She
  2. pp. 156-161
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  1. Remembering Uncle Shloime
  2. pp. 162-168
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  1. Interlude in Bangkok
  2. pp. 169-173
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  1. Being Prepared
  2. pp. 174-178
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  1. Going Home
  2. pp. 179-185
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  1. My Father’s Grocery Store
  2. pp. 186-192
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 193-195
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815651253
Print ISBN
9780815609551
MARC Record
OCLC
759158755
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
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