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Dreidels on the Brain

Joel ben Izzy

At last a great American Hanukkah story! This very funny, very touching novel of growing up Jewish has the makings of a holiday classic. One lousy miracle. Is that too much to ask? Evidently so for Joel, as he tries to survive Hannukah, 1971 in the suburbs of the suburbs of Los Angeles (or, as he calls it, "The Land of Shriveled Dreams"). That's no small task when you're a "seriously funny-looking" twelve-year-old magician who dreams of being his own superhero: Normalman. And Joel's a long way from that as the only Jew at Bixby School, where his attempts to make himself disappear fail spectacularly. Home is no better, with a family that's not just mortifyingly embarrassing but flat-out broke. That's why Joel's betting everything on these eight nights, to see whether it's worth believing in God or miracles or anything at all. Armed with his favorite jokes, some choice Yiddish words, and a suitcase full of magic tricks, he's scrambling to come to terms with the world he lives in-from hospitals to Houdini to the Holocaust-before the last of the candles burns out. No wonder his head is spinning: He's got dreidels on the brain. And little does he know that what's actually about to happen to him and his family this Hanukkah will be worse than he'd feared . . . And better than he could have imagined. From the Hardcover edition.

At last a great American Hanukkah story! This very funny, very touching novel of growing up Jewish has the makings of a holiday classic. One lousy miracle. Is that too much to ask? Evidently so for Joel, as he tries to survive Hannukah, 1971 in the suburbs of the suburbs of Los Angeles (or, as he calls it, "The Land of Shriveled Dreams"). That's no small task when you're a "seriously funny-looking" twelve-year-old magician who dreams of being his own superhero: Normalman. And Joel's a long way from that as the only Jew at Bixby School, where his attempts to make himself disappear fail spectacularly. Home is no better, with a family that's not just mortifyingly embarrassing but flat-out broke. That's why Joel's betting everything on these eight nights, to see whether it's worth believing in God or miracles or anything at all. Armed with his favorite jokes, some choice Yiddish words, and a suitcase full of magic tricks, he's scrambling to come to terms with the world he lives in-from hospitals to Houdini to the Holocaust-before the last of the candles burns out. No wonder his head is spinning: He's got dreidels on the brain. And little does he know that what's actually about to happen to him and his family this Hanukkah will be worse than he'd feared . . . And better than he could have imagined. From the Hardcover edition.
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At last a great American Hanukkah story! This very funny, very touching novel of growing up Jewish has the makings of a holiday classic. One lousy miracle. Is that too much to ask? Evidently so for Joel, as he tries to survive Hannukah, 1971 in the suburbs of the suburbs of Los Angeles (or, as he calls it, "The Land of Shriveled Dreams"). That's no small task when you're a "seriously funny-looking" twelve-year-old magician who dreams of being his own superhero: Normalman. And Joel's a long way from that as the only Jew at Bixby School, where his attempts to make himself disappear fail spectacularly. Home is no better, with a family that's not just mortifyingly embarrassing but flat-out broke. That's why Joel's betting everything on these eight nights, to see whether it's worth believing in God or miracles or anything at all. Armed with his favorite jokes, some choice Yiddish words, and a suitcase full of magic tricks, he's scrambling to come to terms with the world he lives in-from hospitals to Houdini to the Holocaust-before the last of the candles burns out. No wonder his head is spinning: He's got dreidels on the brain. And little does he know that what's actually about to happen to him and his family this Hanukkah will be worse than he'd feared . . . And better than he could have imagined. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 43m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:56


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:53


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:54


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:32


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:12


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:43


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:20


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:11


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:49


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:56


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:33


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:07


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:23


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:05


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

00:32


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

00:36