REVIEWED BY ANDREW ABRAHAMS
Auslander grew up in the Orthodox Jewish enclave of Monsey, N.Y., attending yeshiva schools and fighting with a vengeful God. He violated one tenet after another: Eating a Slim Jim, he rationalized that "hot dogs were the deep end of the nonkosher pool, and if I started in the shallow end ... He might just vaguely dislike me." Deeply conflicted, he still marries a nice Jewish girl and has a son, Paix, meaning peace—something that, after reading this hilarious memoir, you'll hope Auslander has finally found.