By: Robin Sloan
Location: FIC SLO
Genre: Magic realism- and FOOD!!
I loved Mr Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore. it was a different read for me, but it worked.! And it had an luminous cover!!
So I am excited that this book has arrived in our library!
"DELIGHTFUL...SMART, HIP AND WITTY" Washington Post
"CHARMING, GENTLY COMEDIC, SWEETLY NERDY"- Irish Times,
"Food is history of the deepest kind. Everything we
eat tells a tale of ingenuity and creation, domination and injustice—and
does so more vividly than any other artifact, any other media."
"Sourdough is quirky, compelling, thought-provoking, and tremendously enjoyable.The book has a fascinating cast of
characters and a terrific premise. Who among us hasn't wished we could
be in a position to pursue what we feel most passionate about? How many
of us have dreamed of being part of a community of people that truly
As I discovered when I read Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore,
I love the way Robin Sloan writes. Food is the source of different
types of passion for so many people, and if you throw in a sourdough
starter of mysterious provenance and a bunch of people striving to
change the culinary world, how can you go wrong? At times the book may
be a little too zany for its own good, but I was hooked from the very
Clary is a software engineer who moves her life from Michigan to San
Francisco after receiving a job offer from General Dexterity, a
prestigious robotics company with the ambition of replacing the actual
workforce with robots. She and her fellow Dextrous spend days, nights,
every waking minute coding and rewriting lines of code to make the
company's robotic arms function in a more human way.
she's surrounded by people, and sometimes finds herself sleeping at
work, Lois still leads a fairly lonely existence. The only person she
sees outside of the office is one of the two brothers who run Clement
Street Soup and Sourdough, the hole-in-the-wall takeout place from where
she orders dinner nearly every night. She orders the same thing all the
time, too—a "double spicy"—a combo of Spicy Soup and Spicy Sandwich.
Vietnamese pho's healing powers, physical and psychic, make traditional
chicken noodle soup seem like dishwater—and they do—then this spicy
soup, in turn, dishwatered pho. It was an elixir. The sandwich was
spicier still, thin-sliced vegetables slathered with a fluorescent red
sauce, the burn buffered by thick slabs of bread artfully toasted. First
my stomach unclenched, and then my brain."
Lois quickly becomes
the brothers' "Number one eater," but her dependence on them isn't
enough to keep them in San Francisco, as visa issues force them to leave
the country. But they don't leave Lois empty-handed. Beoreg, the
creator of the double spicy, gifts Lois their culture—err, the sourdough
starter they use to make their bread. He gives Lois explicit
instructions on how to feed and care for it so it stays alive, which
includes playing it music.
It's not long before Lois, who has
never cooked a thing in her life, starts baking sourdough, and she
quickly becomes immersed in the baking community, particularly the
sourdough community, which is a pretty passionate one. Not only is her
bread good, but each loaf somehow bakes with a face forming on the top.
Her bread becomes a favorite of her colleagues, neighbors, and friends,
until the demand starts increasing beyond what someone with an intense
full-time job can handle.
Lois also quickly realizes that the
starter Beoreg gave her isn't just your run-of-the-mill starter. It has
distinct behavior patterns and enjoys different types of music. What has
she gotten herself into?
The General Dexterity chef convinces
Lois to take her bread to the "auditions" for the Bay Area's farmers
market community, and Lois finds herself connecting with a mysterious
underground market in the developmental stages. The people in this
market are at the fringes of the culinary world, and they are
increasingly dependent on technology to produce their wares. For the
first time in her life, Lois discovers her true passion and a
fascinating group of people who are passionate about food and
technology." Larry H- Goodreads.com