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.
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.