WorldCat Identities

Wex, Michael 1954-

Overview
Works: 25 works in 107 publications in 6 languages and 4,151 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Terms and phrases  Music 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Translator
Classifications: PJ5113, 439.109
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Michael Wex
Born to kvetch : Yiddish language and culture in all its moods by Michael Wex( Book )

29 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A serious but fun look at Yiddish idioms, phrases, and metaphors
Just say nu : Yiddish for every occasion (when English just won't do) by Michael Wex( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A practical guide to using Yiddish words and expressions in day-to-day situations, along with enough grammar to enable readers to put together a comprehensible sentence and avoid embarrassing mistakes. Wex also explains the five most useful Yiddish words--shoyn, nu, epes, takeh, and nebakh--what they mean, how and when to use them, and how they can be used to conduct an entire conversation without anybody ever suspecting that the reader doesn't have the vaguest idea of what anyone is actually saying. Readers will learn how to shmooze their way through such activities as meeting and greeting; eating and drinking; praising and finding fault; maintaining personal hygiene; going to the doctor; driving; parenting; getting horoscopes; committing crimes; going to singles bars; having sex; talking politics and talking trash. There's nothing in the world that can't be improved by translating it into Yiddish, and this book shows you how.--From publisher description
Classic Yiddish stories of S.Y. Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and I.L. Peretz by Ken Frieden( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two novellas by S.Y. Abramovitsh open this collection of the best short works by three influential nineteenth-century Jewish authors, Abramovitsh's alter ego - Mendele the Book Peddler - introduces himself and narrates both The Little Man and Fishke the Lame. His cast of characters includes Isaac Abraham as tailor's apprentice, choirboy, and corrupt businessman; Mendele's friend Wine 'n' Candles Alter; and Fishke, who travels through the Ukraine with a caravan of beggars." "Sholem Aleichem's lively stories reintroduce us to Tevye, the gregarious dairyman, as he describes the pleasures of raising his independent-minded daughters. These are followed by short monologues in which Aleichem gives voice to unforgettable characters from Eastern Europe to the Lower East Side. Finally, I.L. Peretz's neo-hasidic tales draw on hasidic tradition in the service of modern literature." "These stories provide an unsentimental look back at Jewish life in Eastern Europe. Although nostalgia occasionally colors their prose, the writers were social critics who understood the shortcomings of shtetl life. For the general reader, these translations breathe new life into the extraordinary worlds of Yiddish literature. The introduction, glossary and biographical essays contemporaneous to each author put those worlds into context, making the book indispensable to students and scholars of Yiddish culture."--Jacket
Rhapsody in schmaltz : Yiddish food and why we can't stop eating it by Michael Wex( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bagels, deli sandwiches and gefilte fish are only a few of the Jewish foods to have crossed into American culture and onto American plates. Rhapsody in Schmaltz traces the history and social impact of the cuisine that Yiddish-speaking Jews from Central and Eastern Europe brought to the U.S. and that their American descendants developed and refined. The book looks at how and where these dishes came to be, how they varied from region to region, the role they played in Jewish culture in Europe, and the role that they play in Jewish and more general American culture and foodways today. Rhapsody in Schmaltz traces the pathways of Jewish food from the Bible and Talmud, to Eastern Europe, to its popular landing pads in North America today. With an eye for detail and a healthy dose of humor, Michael Wex also examines how these impact modern culture, from temple to television. He looks at Diane Keaton's pastrami sandwich in Annie Hall, Andy Kaufman's stint as Latke on Taxi and Larry David's Passover seder on Curb Your Enthusiasm, shedding light on how Jewish food permeates our modern imaginations. Rhapsody in Schmaltz is a journey into the sociology, humor, history, and traditions of food and Judaism"--
How to be a mentsh (and not a schmuck) by Michael Wex( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and French and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the bestselling author of "Born to Kvetch" comes a wise and witty manual for pursuing happiness while still acting with integrity, honor, and compassion
Shlepping the exile by Michael Wex( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and German and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Svelte and supple as unleavened bread, Shlepping the Exile rends the shmaltz from Jewish fiction and replaces it with a pound of real flesh. It's the story of Yoine Levkes, a hassidic boy of the Canadian prairies, his refugee parents, and the Jewish community of Coalbanks, Alberta in the late 1950s. Confronted with dying people, an ailing culture, the perils of near-orphanhood and the allures of Sabina Mandelbroit, whose family doesn't keep the Sabbath, Yoine can no longer tell whether he's a human being or a loot-bag of conflicting traditions. He's too religious to be 'normal, ' too 'normal' not to realize this, and too much of a kid to be able to make any sense of it. Shlepping the Exile is an inside portrait of orthodox, post-Holocaust Judaism in a place that it never expected to be"--
The wishing-ring : a novel by Mendele Mokher Sefarim( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this work Michael Wex renders the time-honored tale with the skill and ease of a modern storyteller and humorist. Abramovitsh's artistry lies not in the plot but in the descriptions and ever-shifting narrative voice. Sometimes the narrator (Mendele the Book Peddler) speaks from within the shtetl and sometimes from outside; and often he interweaves the high rhetorical prose of Hershl himself, reborn by the novel's end as Heinrich Cohen."--Jacket
Born to kvetch : Yiddish language and culture in all its moods by Michael Wex( Recording )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else. In Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex looks at the ingredients that went into this buffet of disenchantment and examines how they were mixed together to produce an almost limitless supply of striking idioms and withering curses. Born to Kvetch includes a wealth of material that's never appeared in English before
The Frumkiss family business : a megilla in 14 chapters by Michael Wex( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Frumkiss family doesn't look much different from any of the others in Toronto's Bathurst Manor. Grandpa survived the Holocaust; Grandma the Second came from Poland at the age of five. Dad's a foot doctor; Mom is dead, and her mother -- Grandma Number One --died while giving birth to her in Kazakhstan. Her three kids -- the oldest is forty-two -- are as frustrated and directionless as most baby boomers with no real financial worries. One's in Toronto, there's one in the suburbs and the third lives in Israel. As far as the Frumkisses know, all that distinguishes them from anybody else is that Grandpa is a famous Yiddish writer who ended up working for the CBC. But Grandpa's death sets off a chain of events that force the Frumkisses to see how different their family is from all the others
Just say nu by Michael Wex( Recording )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A practical guide to using Yiddish words and expressions in day-to-day situations
Our Christ : the revolt of the mystical genius by Constantin Brunner( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to be a mentsh (and not a shmuck) : secrets of the good life from the most unpopular people on earth by Michael Wex( Book )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The adventures of Micah Mushmelon, boy Talmudist : a comic strip epic in prose by Michael Wex( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in Swedish and English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kvetch! : le yiddish ou l'art de se plaindre by Michael Wex( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in French and Russian and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sukke by Sukke (Musical group)( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 in Yiddish and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Abenteuer des Micah Mushmelon, kindlicher Talmudist : ein Comic-Strip-Epos in Prosa by Michael Wex( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in German and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born to kvetch by Michael Wex( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else
Pop( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born to kvetsh : Yiddish language and culture in all its moods by Michael Wex( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Born to kvetch : Yiddish language and culture in all its moodsBorn to kvetsh : Yiddish language and culture in all its moods
Alternative Names
Michael Wex Canadees auteur

Michael Wex Canadian writer

Michael Wex kanadischer Schriftsteller, Entertainer und Jiddischist

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Just say nu : Yiddish for every occasion (when English just won't do)Classic Yiddish stories of S.Y. Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and I.L. PeretzHow to be a mentsh (and not a schmuck)Shlepping the exileThe wishing-ring : a novelBorn to kvetch : Yiddish language and culture in all its moodsThe Frumkiss family business : a megilla in 14 chaptersJust say nu