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A Field Guide to the Jewish People

A Field Guide to the Jewish People

Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them…and Much More. Maybe Too Much More

Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, and Alan Zweibel

Flatiron Books

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Why do random Jewish holidays keep springing up unexpectedly? Why are yarmulkes round? Who was the first Jewish comedian? What's "Christian humor" and have you ever even heard of that phrase? Who is "the Golem" and whom do you want it to beat up?

These baffling questions and many more are answered by comedy legends Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, and Alan Zweibel, two-thirds of whom are Jewish. In A Field Guide to the Jewish People the authors dissect every holiday, rite of passage, and tradition, unravel a long and complicated history, and tackle the tough questions that have plagued Jews and non-Jews alike for centuries.

Combining the sweetness of an apricot rugelach with the wisdom of a matzoh ball, this is the last book on Judaism that you will ever need. So gather up your chosen ones, open a bottle of Manischewitz, and get ready to laugh as you finally begin to understand the inner-workings of Judaism.

Praise for A Field Guide to the Jewish People

"An irreverent take on Jewish life, culture, and lore. No topic is off limits.... This is another zany book for Jews and those who love them." —Kirkus Reviews

“They're back again! However you say ‘three amigos’ in Yiddish, that's exactly what they are. They are like as wheatgrass shot of Jewish culture. If I was having a Bar Mitzvah, I would want to recite lines from this book. Everything I read from these three gives me Jewish envy. I laughed til I plotzed. Did I use that correctly?” —W. Kamau Bell, goyish comedian

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Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, and Alan Zweibel

DAVE BARRY is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor writer whose columns and essays have appeared in hundreds of newspapers over the past thirty-five years. He has also written a number of New York Times bestselling humor books, most recently Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog. He is not personally Jewish, but many of his friends are.

An original Saturday Night Live writer, ALAN ZWEIBEL has won numerous Emmy and Writers Guild of America Awards for his work in television, which includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (which he cocreated), Late Show with David Letterman, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays, and won the Thurber Prize for his novel The Other Shulman. Unlike Dave Barry, he has no Jewish friends.

ADAM MANSBACH IS THE #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**k to Sleep and You Have to F*****g Eat, as well as the California Book Award-winning novel The End of Jews, a dozen other books, and the movie Barry. His work which has been translated into more than forty lgnauges, has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and The Believer and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and This American Life. Dave barry and Alan Zweibel are his only friends.

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