SourdoughBook - 2017
*One of Amazon's 20 Best Books of 2017*
Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, San Francisco Chronicle , Barnes & Noble, and Southern Living
In his much-anticipated new novel, Robin Sloan does for the world of food what he did for the world of books in Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her--feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.
Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she's providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer's market, and a whole new world opens up.
When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?
Leavened by the same infectious intelligence that made Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore such a sensation, while taking on even more satisfying challenges, Sourdough marks the triumphant return of a unique and beloved young writer.
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From Library Staff
2019 Read Across Lawrence selection. This unconventional, funny & magical tale is perfect for all gluten-loving foodies!
LPL_ShirleyB Mar 01, 2019
Meet Robin Sloan March 3, 2019 in Lawrence, Kansas!
This is a highly recommended, fun read! The chapter titled, "The Eater's Archive" is especially brilliant and inspired!
LPL_LeahN Jan 19, 2019
If you read the blurb of this book and think, "Huh? Not my cup of tea..." like I did, then please just trust me, you are wrong. This book is for everyone.
Yes, it's about programming, and sourdough, and robots, and baking, and microbiomes, and trendy east coast markets. It's about so... Read More »
LPL_SarahM Nov 15, 2018
Our 2019 RAL selection will not disappoint. It might make you hungry, make you curious about microbes, have you googling vocabulary in the middle of the night, and find you taking up an interest in baking bread. That's what it did for me, anyway.
LPL_DirectorBrad Jul 26, 2017
You ever read a book and think, this author gets me and writes something that's just what I want to read? That's how I feel about Robin Sloan. I loved his previous book and his latest is equally fabulous. I just want to hang out with him!
Sourdough is a love letter to yeast--and to finding you... Read More »
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"The power outlet looked like a little dude, but power outlets always look like little dudes."
(I put down the book and looked for myself ..... yeah, it does. I can see the wide open eyes and the '0' shaped mouth.)
The house was large and deeply lived in, all the shelves and surfaces stacked with boxes and books, framed pictures, old greeting cards set up like tent cities. If there was a spectrum of spaces defined at one end by my barren apartment, this marked the other extreme. Every single surface told a story. A long one. With digressions.
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