Books: Matzo-Barrel Philosopher

EVERYTHING BUT MONEY by Sam Levenson. 285 pages. Simon & Schuster. $4.95.

Papa Levenson's career was the very opposite of the standard American success story at the beginning of the century. He used to start with money and end up broke. This made life pretty grim in the squalid East Harlem tenement in Manhattan where Papa, a Russian-Jewish immigrant tailor, had settled Mama and his eight kids. But somehow the Levensons never despaired about waging their own American Revolution in the fourth floor back. Particularly Mama. When things looked blackest, she would start a fire in the stove, put a pot of...

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