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Howard Jacobson - Kalooki Nights: A Novel Shalom Auslander - Foreskins Lament: A Memoir
Jewish Community Center
Houston, TX
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Howard Jacobson - Kalooki Nights: A Novel Shalom Auslander - Foreskins Lament: A Memoir
Two authors on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean confront their personal relationships with Judaism and join together on this "double bill" event. The London Daily Express says it best: "Jacobson's humor is unashamedly savage and his jokes as sharp as a switch-blade."  This is the ninth novel by British comic author, Howard Jacobson, and a five-star favorite on Amazon.com.  The story centers around the character of cartoonist Max Glickman, author of a comic-book history of Jewish suffering entitled FIVE THOUSAND YEARS OF BITTERNESS. Jacobson's work has been described as seriously funny and he infuses this most recent book with his trademark dark humor, creating a concise, insightful, and often heartbreaking novel about what it's like to be British and Jewish.  HOUSTON CHRONICLE book editor, Fritz Lanham, claimed FORESKINS LAMENT one of his top ten picks launched at the 2007 BookExpo America, the largest gathering of the book publishing industry.  A funny, ranting, coming-of-age memoir about growing up in a rigidly Orthodox Jewish community, Auslander recounts the rebellions of his youth, including shoplifting jeans and subsequent exile to a reform school in Israel, and, in order to avoid breaking the Sabbath, hiking fourteen miles to watch the New York Rangers play in Madison Square Garden.  The title of the book refers to the author's conflict on whether to circumcise his soon-to-be born son, another Jewish ritual stirring angst in his soul.  Auslander has written for THE NEW YORKER, ESQUIRE, THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, and is a regular contributor to NPR's "This American Life."  Jacobson and Auslander own up to a mutual admiration for each other's works.  Each brings his own perspective on the Jewish world and organized religion as a whole at this lively reading and book talk.

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Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096
United States


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