“Memoirs of a Generation Screwed Jew” by David F. Friedman— A Commentary on Life

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Friedman, David F. “Memoirs of a Generation Screwed Jew”, CreateSpace, 2013.

A Commentary on Life

Amos Lassen

I have often wondered if growing up Jewish is any different than just growing up because I have always thought it was. Reading this book reminded me a great deal of my own life even though my question was not really answered. This memoir is about coming-of-age during the Bush and Obama administrations and the recession of 2008 but it also is about the writer’s relatives (which represent so many Jewish families), depression, romances that did not work, careers in law and politics and experiences in Israel, South Korea and China.

We get a look at life in the 2000s and learn about times in New Orleans, New York and Chicago and read of some outrageous sexual liaisons. It is the comedy that is so typically Jewish that drew me to this book and when that is buffered by a look at social issues from homelessness to welfare and the sections on how much it costs to go to college and what happens in the workforce, we get quite a read.  Not only is this a commentary on American life, it also reflects Jewish-American value and the turbulence of growing up. Like so much in Jewish life, it is hilarious at time and brutally honest at others.

 

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