The Cookbook Collector - Allegra Goodman

In The Cookbook Collector (Dial, $15) Allegra Goodman tells the story of two sisters, Emily and Jess, close, but opposites in almost every way.  The novel begins as Emily is about to take her Internet startup public, making its investors millionaires overnight.  Emily’s boyfriend is involved in a similar venture in Boston, and their relationship is stressed by jealousy, ambition, and distance.  Meanwhile, Jess works in a used-book store in Berkeley, owned by a cryptic man who made millions in Microsoft.  The novel takes place between 1999 and 2001, and Goodman deftly evokes the dot-com bubble, its burst, and the 9/11 attacks, making them as fresh and startling for the reader as they are for the characters. This is a truly amazing book.

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ISBN: 9780385340861
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - July 12th, 2011

The Frozen Rabbi - Steve Stern

Every family comes with its own peculiar baggage, but what the Karps carry includes The Frozen Rabbi (Algonquin, $13.95). Yes, a live, preserved 19th-century Polish rabbi. Eliezer ben Zephyr isn’t a blood relation of the Karps, but he’s their responsibility nonetheless. It all started back on a stormy day in 1889, when the rabbi went into a trance, was struck by lightning, and fell into a lake, which then froze. With the madcap logic of a tall tale and the literary charm of magic realism, Steve Stern interweaves the Karp family history with the rabbi’s long journey from the Old World to the New, the dual narratives meeting at the point where a power outage allows the rabbi to thaw and climb out of the freezer. He then adjusts to 21st-century Memphis better than anyone could have guessed, opening a mega-synagogue in a mall and becoming a media sensation, much to the consternation of young Bernie Karp, who’s trying to get used to adolescence and figure out what he believes.

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ISBN: 9781616200527
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 14th, 2011

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine - Alina Bronsky

Alina Bronsky follows her beautifully defiant debut, Broken Glass Park, with another story about women determined to build a future despite limited prospects. Told from the unself-conscious perspective of a wily, domineering matriarch, The Hottest Dishes Of The Tartar Cuisine (Europa Editions, $15) describes Rosalinda’s well-meaning, yet dysfunctionally tragic-comic efforts to secure financial stability, which to her means chocolates, stockings, and a better apartment. She tries to declare her hapless daughter, Sulfia, unfit so that she can raise her adored, strong-willed granddaughter Aminat, and arranges meetings for them with useless, self-absorbed men whose only marketable quality is their foreign passports. A cynically humorous, compellingly honest glimpse of post-Soviet realities.

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By Alina Bronsky, Tim Mohr (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781609450069
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Published: Europa Editions - April 26th, 2011