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My Old Man

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From the New York Times bestselling author and one of the city's most provocative columnists comes a hip, contemporary novel about love, lust, and living in the same neighborhood as your parents.

When twenty-six-year-old Rachel Block started rabbinical school, she didn't think she'd be dropping out after a semester and a half. But when a sick man dies under her counseling
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published (first published 2004)
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Blanca
Aug 01, 2012 Blanca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My summary in one word, Awful. The justification follows. I typically don't read chick lit, but if this is a typical example, of what this literary canon has to offer, it is in greater peril than I thought.

It is not that this story is not interesting or that it should not be explored. It has been written before, beautifully, with great wit, and literary deftness by Melissa Bank, A Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing.

I wasted time reading those fifty-smutty-something pages, and laboring over thi
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medi
Jul 01, 2008 medi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So bad it's bad.
Karen Hanson
This book is about a twenty-something Jewish girl, Rachel, who drops out of rabbinical school and becomes a bartender (to the chagrin of her parents). During this transition phase she carries company with an "educational" female friend, a famous older boyfriend, and her parents who have issues of their own.

I did like this book, however there was a bit of a separation between the first half and the second half. I really liked the beginning of this book... a bit shocking but engaging. By the seco
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Jennie
Aug 29, 2008 Jennie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I actually brought this book as a joke, because my friends and I spent a beach vacation 7 or 8 years ago reading “Run, Catch, Kiss” by Sohn and were appalled by how slutty and ready-to-be-degraded the main character was. It was once of those, “You have to read this! You won’t believe how utterly ridiculous it is!” recommendations. So, when I saw that Sohn had a similar book, I decided to take it to the beach this year. What I forgot was how unlikeable her characters are and how you find yourself ...more
Carissa
Jul 26, 2010 Carissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hilarious! I read Amy's other book, Run, Catch, Kiss and loved it so I had a feeling I was going to like this one just as much. The main character Rachel Block, drops out of rabbinical school after someone dies under her watch and takes on a new role as a bartender. She is instantly drawn to screenwriter, Hank Powell who is twice her age and very odd with his behavior. Their "relationship" takes on a strange love fest that is odd and almost sick, which makes it very hard to stop re ...more
Julia
Oct 22, 2007 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed a totally brainless book to read. This was very funny and took place in Brooklyn, so it was cool to be familiar with the streets described. I heard it was optioned by focus features and will probably be a highly entertaining movie!
Kathy
Jul 22, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I laughed out loud throughout the book -- especially at the way the author describes people (her dad with the shirt peenie). But its so slutty and gross I wouldn't recommend it to any civilized people or adolescent daughters.
Abby
Jul 22, 2008 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: generalfiction
Raw and to the point as Sohn usually is this books takes on multi-generational relationships. A good, if not uplifting, read.
Michelle Coberg
Jul 09, 2012 Michelle Coberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorable, funny, entertaining and a completely great read. I cannot wait to read more from this author!
Allisyn
heard amy at the brooklyn bookfair. this book takes place all over cobble hill/carroll gardens. loved it!
Laurie
Mar 14, 2010 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this at the beach and often laughed out loud, I may get it to read again next summer.
Lindsay
Sep 06, 2012 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


Great story line with some comical lines and scenes but a little vulgar
Jennifer
Nov 06, 2013 Jennifer marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Soooo bad. Unreadable.
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Amy Sohn is the author of the upcoming novel The Actress, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in July 2014. Her other novels are Motherland, Prospect Park West, My Old Man, and Run Catch Kiss. She has been a columnist at New York magazine, New York Press, the New York Post and Grazia (UK). She has also written for The New York Times, The Nation, and Harper's Bazaar. She has written pil ...more
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