Strong book recommendation

Here’s a book that I recommend highly to anyone with an interest in linguistics, history, Jewish culture, Woody Allen, Mordecai Richler or in just plain, good, informative and hilarious writing:

Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods.

The author, I was very pleased to discover, is a fellow Canadian, Michael Wex.

I’m only 4 chapters in so far, but I’ve already raised my knowledge (and consciousness) regarding Yiddish and Jewish history by an order of magnitude.

If there’s one big plus to living on one side of the Dnipro and working on the other (with a 40-minute metro ride each way,) it’s having books like this to absorb and amuse one.

If you’ve got tsuris, don’t be a glomp – buy this book, even if you’re a goy or goye. Wex tells no bobe-mayse!


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