Kosher Chinese: Putney Author Generates Big Time Buzz

Michael Levy, our very own leader and director of our summer programs for high school students, is generating a lot of buzz with his recently published memoir, Kosher Chinese. The book details Michael’s time living, teaching English, and eating in rural China as a Peace Corps volunteer. The debut memoir uses a sharp, humorous approach to questions of Jewish-American identity, cross-cultural connections, and culinary adventures. The Washington Post calls it a “jarring, often hilarious” memoir while Kirkus Reviews declares it “a rollicking, thoroughly refreshing debut.” Michael was recently featured on NPR’s Tell Me More and Barnes and Noble have showcased him on their list of Great New Writers. We at the barn wholeheartedly agree and we’re very proud to call Michael a friend!

Michael with students from our Global Awareness in Action: China program.

Michael Levy is a veteran member of the Putney family, having led Global Awareness in Action China in 2008 and 2009. He currently directs the Yale University portion of our Global Awareness in Action RwandaCambodia, and India programs as well. While not on the job leading high school summer programs for Putney, Michael teaches at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and his M.A.T. in History from Columbia University. Check out Michael’s Kosher Chinese blog, for reviews, photos, and announcements of book signings throughout the country.

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