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by Matthew Rothschild
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Crown, 2008 (2008)
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* *   Reviewed by Leslie McKee

Matthew Rothschild's memoirs chronicle being raised by his grandparents (Howard and Sophie) - the only Jewish family in their New York City building. At the time, his mother was living in Italy with her fourth husband and his family.

Matthew was not your typical child. He was kicked out of school (and admitted to a private school in exchange for a Van Gogh painting!), busted for shoplifting, wore his grandmother's dresses to be a female impersonator (Judy Garland was a favorite) and had an imaginary Chinese butler named Little Saigon.

Matthew's memoirs describe a truly dysfunctional family, as viewed through the eyes of a confused, chubby child (who resembles a modern day Napoleon Dynamite) who just wanted to fit in. There are many humorous moments and it is interesting to read about the man he becomes (a ninth grade English teacher who recognizes himself in his students).

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