Michael Wex: Born to Kvetch

(Nonfiction, 303 pp. 2005)

So you think you know something about Yiddish? Wait till you read this book, which marries humor and scholarship to unearth the origins of Yiddish and its grown and development. Covering topics from food to cursing, from birth to death, Wex uses stories, jokes, and anecdotes to kvetch and kvell and do everything in between.