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Different story, different day
Poet Alan Kaufman retraces his Jewish odyssey


Alan Kaufman remembers growing up in a working class Bronx neighborhood as "a regular American kid with Marvel comics, the Green Bay Packers, and Ernest Hemingway." But his childhood was far from idyllic. In fact, it roiled with turmoil, a darkness closeted from his neighbors, his friends. "My whole life has been a tortured relationship with the fact that I'm a Jew living in a non-Jewish world," the author said. And that inner conflict informs his new book, "Jew Boy" (Fromm International, 2000), an autobiographical memoir that reads like a novel and is the first book of prose by the 48-year-old poet.

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