Sourdough

Sourdough

eBook - 2017
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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.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
ISBN: 9780374716431
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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A charming adventure through the world of food, with a sourdough starter at its center and hints of magical realism.

I gobbled up this delightful tale about an amazing sourdough starter. It’s filled with charming characters and a generous dollop of magical realism. Suggested by Marie B.

Sentient sourdough? Well, with all those microorganisms, why not? Quirky, delightful, and with a dash of magic.

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SnoIsleLib_KathyS Oct 25, 2017

Read-alike to "Like Water for Chocolate": perfect for those who like a little magic with their meals


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jump8999
Nov 26, 2020

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Gerry_21
Jul 05, 2020

An interesting read! It does make you want to try and bake some sourdough!

CircMary Apr 08, 2020

I’ve just mixed up my first sourdough starter. But what if sourdough could magically change your life? This fun and unusual tale from the author of ”Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hr. Bookstore” combines food and technology in the not-so-distant future. Your relationship with bread will never be the same!

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abcedmillered
Mar 02, 2020

Love the SF culture included in this book. We've got Silicon Valley meets Alice Waters. It's not traditional sci-fi, but it is imaginative. I like the positive message & how quickly the chapters go by. Highly recommend for reading while traveling.

CCPL_Carly Jan 20, 2020

The author's quirky second novel is as fulfilling and satisfying as a steamy, crusty loaf of sourdough, hot from the oven. Readers will find plenty of geeky humor and may enjoy the references to San Francisco culture.

AndreaG_KCMO Jan 06, 2020

I read this start to finish on a fourteen-hour plane ride when I should have been sleeping: that's how much I liked it. But I'm currently partial to quirky characters, not-quite-but-almost-realistic plot elements, faux technical jargon, and clever narration. Just a really fun yet unpredictable novel.

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BettyBella
Dec 10, 2019

I really enjoyed this book.

FPL_AdamL Dec 09, 2019

Robin Sloan is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! His characters seem to always tap into something very deep about our shared experiences and his stories never fail to reveal something very true about how modern technology intertwines with our past.

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daphnebarfield
Oct 24, 2019

Terrible!

ontherideau Aug 30, 2019

The storyline was the hook, the language was the anchor.
"The man's aspect and the alpaca's were approximately equivalent: wary, not unfriendly, but fundamentally alien." Books about robotics, bread making and alpacas are rare.

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illy
Apr 19, 2019

"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.)

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yarrow_
Nov 25, 2017

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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yarrow_
Nov 25, 2017

Here's a thing I believe about people my age: we are the children of Hogwarts, and more than anything, we just want to be sorted.

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