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The Best Boy in the United States Of America

A Memoir of Blessings and Kisses

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Powerful life lessons in a funny and moving portrait of family, community and spiritual discovery in America. Hilarious and heartfelt, Ron Wolfson's inspiring memoir is filled with stories of growing up in a warm family, encountering colorful characters like the merchants of Omaha and the famous Warren Buffett, navigating adolescence and learning never to underestimate his mother. With easygoing Midwestern humor and profound poignancy, Ron's "true stories" of family and community in the United States of America will resonate with anyone seeking to shape stronger families, create compelling communities and live their best life, a life of joy and laughter, meaning and purpose, and, yes, blessings and kisses. "I am the best boy in the United States of America. That’s what my grandfather―my 'Zaydie’―called me from the time I was a little child in Omaha, Nebraska. I know it’s true because this is a true story. All my stories are true.... “Zaydie loved three things: his family, his business, and his adopted country―the United States of America. I never, ever heard Zaydie say 'the United States.’ It was always ‘da United States of America,’ in his thick Russian accent.... For Louie Paperny, each one of his nine grandchildren was the best boy or the best girl in the United States of America. We believed him. I believed him. And in a certain way, I’ve lived the rest of my life trying to be that best boy." ―from Chapter 1

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 06, 2015 – Wolfson, an acclaimed Jewish educator, slathers on the schmaltz in this autobiography, which is unlikely to have much appeal beyond his friends and family. Wolfson grew up in Nebraska as part of a multigenerational Jewish family, rebelled, returned to the fold, married, and found his calling as a teacher. The hyperbole of the title (Wolfson's grandfather referred to him as "the best boy in the United States of America") is matched by the text, which is replete with exclamation points. The author shares songs and poems that, while important in his own life, are less than memorable. His frequent insistence that all his stories "are true" only invites skepticism. The innovations that mark Wolfson's dedicated work to revitalize Jewish observance and worship are not matched by his pedestrian approach to his own life journey.
The Best Boy in the United States Of America
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Jul 31, 2015
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Seller: Ingram DV LLC
  • Print Length: 192 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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