Don't Mind Me: And Other Jewish Lies

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Hyperion Books, Sep 9, 2008 - Humor - 112 pages
We all tell lies.

But Jewish lies are a little bit different.

Here's an example:

It doesn't matter if you read this.

The Jewish people speak many languages. There's English, of course, and Hebrew, and let's not forget Yiddish and Ladino. But the language Jews have mastered is saying one thing and meaning another. And after a while, everyone understands the real meaning of the "lie."

Esther Cohen has been listening all her life. She's written down what she's heard, and the result is this small book with a big punch: the first ever list of these subtle (sort of), sly (very), and hilarious Jewish "lies." New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is a master interpreter of lies herself--bringing this particular set to life in her inimitably quirky style.

Don't Mind Me is a unique compilation of all-too-familiar phrases guaranteed to make you smile. For anyone who's ever been on the receiving end of one of these lies, this is one book that rings absolutely true.

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About the author (2008)

Esther Cohen is the author of the novels No Charge for Looking, Book Doctor, and editor of Unseenamerica: Photos and Stories by Workers. She is executive Director of Bread and Roses, the cultural arm of New York's health care union. She lives in New York City with her husband.

Roz Chast's cartoons have been appearing in The New Yorker since 1978. Her work also has appeared in many publications, including Scientific American, Travel & Leisure, the Harvard Business Review as well as many others. She has also published several cartoon collections, illustrated children's books, and designed CD covers, book jackets, and theater posters. Her most recent book is The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z! with Steve Martin.She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and currently resides in Connecticut.

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