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Dough: A Memoir [EPUB] ✰ Dough: A Memoir Author Mort Zachter – Mort Zachter’s childhood revolved around a small shop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side known in the neighborhood as “the day old bread store” It was a bakery where nothing was baked owned by his Mort Zachter’s childhood revolved around a small shop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side known in the neighborhood as “the day old bread store” It was Dough: A PDF/EPUB or a bakery where nothing was baked owned by his two eccentric uncles who referred to their goods as “the merchandise” Zachter grew up sleeping in the dinette of a leaking Brooklyn tenement He lived a classic immigrant story—one of a close knit working class family struggling to make it in America Only they were richIn Dough Zachter chronicles the life altering discovery made at age thirty six that he was heir to several million dollars his bachelor uncles had secretly amassed in stocks and bonds Although initially elated Zachter battled bitter memories of the long hours his mother worked at the bakery for no pay And how could his own parents have kept the secret from him while he was a young married man working his way through night school As he cleans out his uncles’ apartment Zachter discovers clues about their personal lives that raise uestions than they answer He also finds cake boxes packed with rolls of two dollar bills and mattresses stuffed with coinsIn prose that is often funny and at times elegiac Zachter struggles with the legacy of his enigmatic family and the implications of his new found wealth Breaking with his family’s workaholic heritage Zachter abandons his pragmatic accounting career to pursue his lifelong dream of being a writer And though he may not understand his family in the end he realizes that forgiveness and acceptance matter most.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 192 pages
  • Dough: A Memoir
  • Mort Zachter
  • English
  • 16 March 2015

10 thoughts on “Dough: A Memoir

  1. D Dyer D Dyer says:

    This book features a compelling story that of a family of eastern European Jewish immigrants who run a bakery selling day old bread and who’s to eccentric uncles hoard millions until their deaths but the delivery leaves a bit to be desired Zachter doesn’t do a fantastic job of maintaining narrative tension or of painting even the oddest members of his family with any detail There are moments particularly when the writer is describing his own childhood memories when the writing is uite good but there’s also a lot that falls flat

  2. Kyla Kyla says:

    For a guy who inherited millions of dollars from his uncles the author sure can hold on to some bitterness They funded his literary foray here both with material their life story and materially with the money they secretly hoarded for years but he still can't make them into living breathing characters Mostly he seems mad still that they didn't step up to pay for the adoption of his two kids Also it seems as if he royally screwed his parents who were the true heirs Awkwardly structured unappealing narrator coulda woulda shoulda been good Perhaps it's time to return to your day job former tax attorney

  3. Sandee Sandee says:

    Great premise weak delivery A nice memoir with decent descriptions of multi generations in NYC that own a bakery and live in near poverty However upon finding out that his uncles have suirreled away millions he dwells too much on the bitterness of the poverty and not the joy of inheritance that enabled him to write the book

  4. Nina Nina says:

    It was a potentially interesting story but the chapters are so fragmented and jump around chronologically so much that it makes it hard to follow the thread of how this family lived and earned on the Lower East Side I would have liked a bit detail and a bit of a linear narrative It seemed cathartic for the author than informative for the reader

  5. Tana Tana says:

    An interesting look at the immigrant experience in New York and generational attitudes about money I found that the way the chapters jumped around in time made the story hard to follow But I wish this author well in his choice to pursue a writing career over accounting or law

  6. Karen Karen says:

    My Review of DOUGH by Mort ZachterTo all of us who hold dear family stories of our ancestors making their way to America where the “streets were paved with gold” readers will appreciate this charming and relatable memoir by Mort Zachter Mort’s Jewish immigrant grandparents Max and Lena Wolk came and opened a bakery in New York’s Lower East Side in 1926 Their bachelor sons Harry and Joe came to work in the bakery even before their parents died and it became their whole life Their daughter Helen Mort’s mother also worked there and that is where Mort grew up It was common in those times for a family to escape to America and then work hard to eek out a meager living while supporting one another “The Store” as the family always called the business was not actually a bakery but rather a place that sold day old breads and bakery goods Mort’s childhood centered on the small shop in Manhattan complete with its smells sounds customs and customers All these things were what made up the fabric of their lives Mort’s family lived in a Brooklyn tenement and it was a hard life but all the life he knew It is almost a classic immigrant story complete with the hard working family supporting each other and struggling to provide a decent life for each other The one difference in this story is that Mort’s family unknown to him until he was an adult was very wealthy Alternating chapters between Mort’s childhood and his recent years as an adult the story unfolds with the reader becoming involved in Mort’s struggles to help his family while also trying to better himself and make it through college This is accomplished only for Mort to find out when he is thirty six that he is set to inherit millions of dollars that his uncles had somehow hoarded away through success in the stock market and also in bonds As the reader goes from past to present and back one slowly finds out and oddities about the bachelor uncles and his parents Zachter thinks about the long and hard hours they all worked including himself when he had to attend night school to get his degree He thinks about his poor mother working all that time for no pay while they struggled at home to put food on the table So many uestions many not answered and so much to ponder with this new found wealth makes up a good part of this story With the marvelous background that sets the tone for what this family goes through only to shockingly bring us to wonder why was it all necessary when there was all this money?The story is nostalgic and often amusing and leads the reader to wonder how Mort Zachter will deal with the new found wealth How will he feel about his family once he realizes what all this money means and could have meant for all of them for all those years? Will it change his life or is he set in his ways as perhaps his family was? Will the inherited work ethic be something Mort can give up and change? All these uestions will come up as the story progresses and one realizes this is a memorable memoir—a family story How a family’s relationships with each other effect everything in their lives from work education religion love and of course the mighty dollarSubmitted by Karen Haney July 2008

  7. Rose Rose says:

    'Dough' is the memoir of Mort Zachter a former accountant and lawyer who wakes up one day to find himself a millionaire His bachelor uncles Harry and Joe who spent most of their lives behind the counter of their family run bakery in Manhattan's Lower East Side uietly amassed a fortune that was kept secret from him After one uncle dies and the other succumbs to dementia he learns that he is heir to over six million dollarsLike a natural born memoirist Zachter devotes several pages to his inner world where he struggles to understand why his uncles let him struggle financially when they had ample means to help him out The feelings of betrayal that are a recurring and dark theme in 'Dough' also give the book its universal uality all of us have made discoveries both pleasant and upsetting that knock our reality off kilter and make us uestion how well we really knew a loved one But too many refuse to move on they nourish their bruised feelings and experience a passive aggressive satisfaction in being a 'wronged party' When Zachter lets go of his resentment he develops further as a human being He accepts that his uncles had reasons for hiding their fortune that he will never understand and he ceases to judge 'Dough' was an absorbing read from start to finish The descriptions of the old Lower East Side and Jewish community life were especially good as they resonated with color and life If he continues in this vein Mort Zachter has a glowing future in creative nonfiction and novel writing

  8. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    I really did enjoy this book I like the books message and language used by the author It is like he is talking to you I personally do not like fancy language I prefer saying something clearly I think when author's use tons of poetic lyrical fancy talk it puts me off It is like they are trying to impress someone Who is looking I much prefer straight talk which often draws you in and pulls you close to the emotions of the character speaking and the message Enjoy life not at the expense of others but remember we have only one life and make sure you go after what you want Sometimes we get all caught up in doing what we should do at the expense of having the fun of doing what we want to do even though this hurts no one Almost like we feel guilty for being able to follow our dream I am very happy for the author I personally enjoy his writing style I hope he now writes books after leaving his previous tax lawyer job and becoming a full time author Good luck Mort All my wishes to you and your family Your book makes me feel like a friend to you and that is why I finish this note in this wayPS Your father's illnes and regained health was terribly moving

  9. Trish Trish says:

    There are many stories about NYC's lower east side immigrant experience but this memoir is special because it is honest simple and personal It succeeds as a great example of write what you know storytelling and has reusite elements of hope and redemption if you work hard and do the right thing good things will happen And while it is very much a Jewish story it easily generalizes to all families who have developed uirky rules for managing life's challenges Ultimately it works because it plays to that fascination some of us have with how past generations managed day to day living Whether this is weird voyeurism or honest curiosity is another debate but the millions of visitor's to NYC's tenement museum over the last decade attest to the fascination factor It makes me long for similar stories from the Zito and Balducci clans and any others who have grew up or are growing up in the tenement life PS I loved the postcards from the bakery's traveling customers

  10. Kelsey Kelsey says:

    A patron called in the other day trying to find this book and upon seeing the summary I became intrigued and picked it up a few days later for myself The author a CPA and lawyer suddenly and shockingly inherits millions of dollars from his bachelor uncles He had no idea that his family had any money at all and he struggles to reconcile his newfound wealth with his impoverished upbringing Not only does the inheritance give him an interesting story to tell it also supports him while he wrote this book Though I like the story behind the book I was bored by the book itself and ended up not even finishing it In the end I don't know if I can feel too sorry for someone who ends up inheriting millions even if it does mean that his family kept the truth of their wealth from him for years Also the writing itself is weak which makes what could be a compelling story rather lame

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