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

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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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.

Sep 14, 2018

Very, very weird and quirky but delightfully so.

Aug 20, 2018

A genre-busting novel featuring robotic arms, a hidden nationality, a club consisting entirely of women named Lois, and a possibly sentient sourdough starter. The writing is concise but full of quirky expressions and references to pop culture (and sourdough culture). I enjoyed it immensely, though I kept half-expecting something much more ominous to happen (that sourdough is just slightly creepy)… Eventually something horrible does happen – but it turns out to be actually comical and quite tasty. Literally. This book – like a fine sourdough – is made to be savored.

Jun 05, 2018

If you enjoy deeply quirky books that encourage the reader to look inside her/himself and re-evaluate her/his beliefs, this is definitely the book for you!

DPLalyssab Mar 27, 2018

Fun, quick read meshing the San Francisco tech and foodie worlds. You will be hungry reading after reading this!

Michael Colford Mar 21, 2018

This delightful tale of food, robotics and microorganisms Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is filled with charm, magical realism, and science. It revolves around the unique starter for a sourdough bread in a future very near to our own.

Lois works at a company trying to perfect a robot arm, and while she has slipped to eating the "Slurry" or nutrient paste, that many use for nourishment, she discovers a nearby take-out restaurant that offers a "double spicy" along with the most delicious sourdough bread she has ever tasted. She is also briefly entranced by the brothers who own this restaurant, and before they leave San Fransisco, they share with her the starter for the bread, which changes her life forever.

Mar 09, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this quirky little book. Anytime I stay up late to read a book it has to be a good one. Sourdough has a little bit of sci-fi fantasy magic in it which is fine by me. Who wouldn't love being in the "Lois Club"?

Dec 23, 2017

As expected after having read "Mr. Penumbra" Robin delivers a lighthearted, fun and interesting story based here making it easy to relate with. I couldn't help but think the character who surprises Lois in the end was created using Alice Waters as the foundation. Lots of fun, a quick read and a good book for the beach or anywhere else.

Dec 20, 2017

I found this book absolutely delightful. I read it after hearing Sloan interviewed on a podcast. As someone who has worked as a vendor at many of the farmers markets that are mentioned I found his descriptions of farmers market culture both accurate and hilarious. If you are a food lover you will probably like this book, especially if you don't mind a little magical realism. Easy, quick read too.

Nov 08, 2017

I loved 'Mr. Penumbra's...' and was eagerly awaiting Sloan's latest book. Loved it! I love books where there is a strong grounding in reality with a big streak of magic running through it.
As others have mentioned, it's beautifully, descriptively and imaginatively written, and at the same time, a smooth, quick read. I 'rationed' my reading of it so that I could enjoy it longer and mull over the happenings.

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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.

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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