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my first kafka
2013 . illustrated by rohan daniel eason hardcover $19

Runaway children who meet up with monsters. A giant talking bug. A secret world of mouse-people. The stories of Franz Kafka are wondrous and nightmarish, miraculous and scary. In My First Kafka, storyteller Matthue Roth and artist Rohan Daniel Eason adapt three Kafka stories into startling, creepy, fun stories for all ages. With My First Kafka, the master storyteller takes his rightful place alongside Maurice Sendak, Edward Gorey, and Lemony Snicket as a literary giant for all ages.

free: order My First Kafka from me directly and get the bonus minibook The Last Golem in Prague!


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losers
2008  $9

[ official site ] Jupiter Glazer’s parents emigrated from Russia when he was seven years old. Now, at 14, he’s feeling the burn. He doesn’t understand what he’s doing wrong -- why broom-closet rendezvouses with girls don’t seem to be happening, why his teachers can’t understand his English, and why he and his best friend Vadim can’t seem to fit in, either with the indie-music-obsessed Americans or the leather-jacket Russians kids at school.

Maybe it has to do with their X-Men addiction and their obsessive behavior reading the blogs of their classmates. Or maybe it has to do with life dealing Jupiter the worst hand of cards ever. He’s named after a dead Roman god, his hair is on permanent Jew-fro status, and his parents live in the only housing that the Federation could find them: the top floor of an industrial warehouse.

free: order Losers and get a bonus zine with an exclusive Jupiter story!

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candy in action
2007   $14

[ official site ] Candy Cohen is just the girl next door -- if the girl next door happens to be a college freshman and part-time model with a wicked sense of humor. She and her best friend Velma jaunt around the world, flirting with rock stars and power brokers. All that changes one night, when Candy turns down a dinner invitation from the rich and powerful Preston Reign. Suddenly, she finds herself being stalked by a guy who never takes no for an answer. Drawn into his web, Candy is on the run. Dodging bullets, blowing up buildings, being chased through exotic cities, she fights back with the only weapons she has: her friends, her natural wit, and her stiletto heels. TeensReadToo.com gave it a perfect score (5 stars) and said to "strap on your seatbelts for this book—you're in for quite a ride," and ForeWord Magazine compared Candy (favorably!) to Hermione from Harry Potter.
       
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candy in action: deluxe edition
includes hardcover book, original CD soundtrack, print of original artwork, and goodies
$17
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yom kippur a go-go
2005  $15

The actual-factual memoir. Yep, it's my first descent into talking about myself (aside from all those introspective phone calls when I was a teenager). A 20-year-old punk kid named Matthue leaves behind a promising career in boring office stuff to move to San Francisco, become a professional poet, and learn a little about relationships -- and a little bit about G*d -- by becoming an Orthodox Jew and joining a lesbian basketball league.
      
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never mind the goldbergs
2005     $8

Hava Aaronson is just your average teenage punk-rock Orthodox Jewish girl from New York. But when she's cast to star on a sitcom about your average Orthodox family, and moves to Hollywood for the summer, she's a fish out of water with one idea of what you're supposed to be on the screen, and quite another in real life. Bitch Magazine said, "Roth accomplishes the tricky task of explaining for a potentially uninformed readership both the personal and scriptural elements of Hava’s devotion, challenges, and dilemmas with great style and humor." It's been hailed as "vividly voiced" (Kirkus Reviews), "lively and unusual" (Children's Bookwatch), and Publisher's Weekly said that "readers will appreciate the look into Hava's modern Orthodox Jewish culture and beliefs."
  • an American Library Association Popular Paperback
  • a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age
  • a Weekly Reader "Read to Succeed" book
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never mind the goldbergs: deluxe edition
includes hardcover book, original CD soundtrack, and goodies  $17
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zines
What's a zine? Poems, stories, drawings, and a heckuva lot of elbow grease. These were the first books I ever made money off, sold when I was fresh out of college at poetry slams, bars, preschools, and anywhere they wouldn't throw me out of. In here are my first stories and my favorite stories. You can see where I'm coming from. And see where Cleis Press stole the title "Yom Kippur a Go-Go" from.


Sometimes I throw stuff at this house.

2004      $5

Fresh off Def Poetry Jam and working next to a Xerox machine, I had a bunch of time on my hands. I put these poems together. Rounded out with some amazing clip art -- some by me and some that I stole off Fred Chao's bedroom floor -- and with a really sweet binding.
  1. Teeth
  2. Tremble with You [ read it ]
  3. 90210
  4. Nothing
  5. Hollywood Hills
  6. Between Girls
  7. Kosher Pizza Song
  8. Her Post-College Life
  9. F*cking G*d
  10. Snotty (The Winter Poem) [ listen to it ]

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Yom Kippur A Go-Go

2002      $5

Eight poems (including a secret track about my grandmom) and a story, "Britney," about the world's most unlikely Bar Mitzvah tutor. With original illustrations by the author.
  1. New Year
  2. Hard
  3. Palestine [ read it ]
  4. Dreidel Maven [ listen to it ]
  5. Andy Warhol Love Song
  6. Hell (I Made the Devil Do It)
  7. Daughter
  8. Britney

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Platonic
2001    $5

Short stories and poems, all of them from the early performances and Includes poems that reflect a sense of cheerful, apocalyptic irony ("Merger Mystery") and early Hasidic leanings ("Sequence"), plus the memoir "My Father, on the Radio" and fan favorite "Platonic (Sarah Michelle Gellar)" -- and a hidden track, of course.
  1. When We Tour Europe, Will You Dance in a Cage in Our Show?
  2. Merger Mystery
  3. Platonic (Sarah Michelle Gellar) [read it]
  4. Sequence
  5. Holidays and Rockets
  6. Amos's Graffiti Posse
  7. Ani'im Zemiros (God Drives an SUV)
  8. My Father, On the Radio
  9. Want Ads for Paradise
  10. My Cat Maceo
  11. Platonic (reprise)
  12. My Roommate Listens to the 1980s (secret track) [read it]

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Bellybudding
2001   $2

20 post-it note poems, paper and ink in an intricate origami fold-out format. Includes "Why I Don't Date Poets," "Dreaming in Yiddish," and an exceedingly difficult-to-reach hidden track. 200 different covers with original art.
  1. Why I Don't Date Poets
  2. Murder Mystery
  3. Invitation
  4. Macrobiotic Hasid
  5. Rock Show
  6. Orthodox Girls' Names (English)
  7. Wax Nostalgic
  8. Bananas (pts. 1 & 2)
  9. Forgetting
  10. Orthodox Girls' Names (Yiddish)
  11. Music
  12. History
  13. This is how it ends
  14. Security Problems
  15. Hidden Track
  16. Dreaming in Yiddish
  17. High School
  18. Electric Guitar Haiku

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anthologies



this is PUSH: new stories from the edge
2007 . edited by david levithan  $8

Includes my story "The Waitress," which is actually half of the first chapter and half of the second chapter from my new PUSH novel, coming in late 2008....we still don't know what it's called. If you got an idea, please, PLEASE let me or David know. [Update: It's called Losers, and it's going to be amazing. David didn't like the title until he saw the final cover. And then he LOVED it.] And then there's 14 more stories from PUSH authors.

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the autobiographer's handbook
2008 . edited by jennifer traig / intro by dave eggers

How do you write a memoir? This book is a roundtable discussion between 41 authors, among them Frank McCourt, Sarah Vowell, the Eat, Pray, Love woman and me, about how to write your life story. You can read Dave Eggers' introduction here.

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democrat's soul
2008 . edited by the chicken soup for the soul people

An anthology of personal stories about the upcoming election. My story, "The Only Living Democrat in Brooklyn," has a misleading title, but I still like it. Mostly because it puts the song "Only Living White Boy in New York" in my head, and since Douglas Adams admitted that he wrote all his books with Paul Simon songs in his head, I've always hoped that, one day, a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy might pop out of mine.

I don't live in what you'd call a neighborhood rich in Democrats.
As a matter of fact, my neighborhood isn’t one for local color at all—pretty much everyone dresses in black and white. You’d recognize it from movies, TV cop shows (usually with an undercover detective trying to blend in, always unsuccessfully) and even The Simpsons: this is the Hasidic part of Brooklyn, New York.


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don't forget to write
edited by jennifer traig . 2005

A bunch of writers, artists, and random famous people (among them Dave Eggers, Sarah Vowell, Jon Scieszka and Aimee Bender) write real-world lesson plans. Mine is called "Word Karaoke: Become a Hip-Hop Lyrical Genius." All proceeds benefit free student programming at 826 Valencia. Update: Actually, they did an expanded second edition! I was also asked to write a piece about writing young adult novels. I used it as an excuse to merge Aristotle, Aristophanes, and Buffy. Of course.
 
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homewrecker: an adultery reader

edited by daphne gottlieb . 2005

Includes my story "Beating around the Burning Bush":

"I'm cheating on my girlfriend with G-d.
"I came home late last night, Friday night, still in my dress clothes from work. My clothes smelled of candlewax, sweetbread challa was on my breath. I felt the compulsion to buy a box of Tic-Tacs and swallow them all. The classic compulsion of cheating: as much as you try to cover up, you can never cover up enough."

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bottoms up
edited by diana cage . 2004

Includes my poem, "Waiting for the Man," which is a decidedly different version of the Hulk prancing around San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood than you'll find in the movie: She plants me against the wall, grinds my hand like coffee. Inside her there is fusion, nuclear fission and gamma radiation. I'm sandwiched between Michelle Tea, Daphne Gottlieb, and a whole bunch of awesome writers in this anthology edited by Diana Cage, editor of On Our Backs magazine.

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