Trust Your Mother but Cut the Cards

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9780942637779: Trust Your Mother but Cut the Cards

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In this delightful collection of columns, most from the New York Observer with a few from the New York Times and the Nation , Zion ( Markers ) ranges from the frivolous to the tragic, employing mock indignation and furious, elemental complaint. He begins with a series of pieces alleging that history has slighted the Jews in favor of the Italians in accounts of American mobdom during the first half of this century. A cigar smoker and a drinker, Zion inveighs against "the Fitness Fascists, the Smoke Fascists and the Booze Fascists" as primarily responsible for the decline of the Great White Way. He has his say about the press, the drug problem, Jim Garrison and George Bush, then adds vignettes about growing up in Passaic, New Jersey. On a more serious note, Zion presents a ringing defense of Israel and tells of the death of his daughter as a result of medical malpractice. Zion will captivate readers.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

It is entirely fitting that columnist Zion should consider Damon Runyon an unappreciated literary genius, since this collection of articles has a distinctly Runyonesque flavor. It is also entirely obvious that, aside from the state of Israel, Zion is no respecter of sacred cows. From "the smoke fascists," Broadway, the recent trend toward less alcohol, Anita Hill, abortion, the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, mandatory AIDS testing, England's drug policy, the JFK assassination conspiracy, to emergency room care, Zion has pungent insights. There are also some amusing nostalgic pieces about relatives and life in old Passaic, New Jersey. Those from New York and New Jersey will probably enjoy the book. Trust Your Mother is an engaging collection but not an essential purchase; public libraries should buy as demand warrants.
- Marianne Cawley, Kingwood Branch Lib., Tex.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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