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"Interesting ... startling ... entertaining. Kalmar swoops breathlessly from Christmas to Kafka, from Jewish-American Princess jokes to Jacques Derrida, from Fiddler on the Roof to Bobby Fischer. The book's charm lies in this contentiousness, in the internal debate it sparks."
- Toronto Globe and Mail

"Brilliant ... Kalmar's deep understanding of the Jew's role both within and beyond his and her community is defended with genuine courage ...."
- Edmonton Journal

"Kalmar's nifty thesis describing the shared identity crisis of an intellectual generation of Jews is bound to make waves in Jewish circles."
- NOW Magazine

From the dust jacket:

"This book is about Jews. More specifically, it is about the "non-Jewish Jews," the Trotskys, Freuds, Woody Allens, and millions of nameless individuals who have made up one of the most fascinating and controverial cultural groups of modern times. I call them the "eji," an acronym for "embarrassed Jewish individuals." Pronounce it "edgy," for edginess and embarrassment about being Jewish. Religiously, the eji may or may not respect tradition, but never feel bound by it unconditionally. Socially, the eji do not "live in a matzah ball," they are determined to build contacts with the non-Jewish world. In fact, many and perhaps even most of the eji have more social links with non-Jews than Jews..."

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Hardback 1993.

401 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $5.95 (tracked mail).

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