Please try your request again later. Then, disaster! But slice a little deeper, and you will discover, Sourdough is a novel about work . But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. One of the more cogent novels this year on the fertile tensions that exist between culture and technology” Andy Newman, The Atlantic, "If you’ve ever been confused about what’s artificial and what’s authenticcan you really tell anymore?Sourdough is a book for you." Unable to add item to List. . Used Books at the Tattered Cover, Kids Newsletters When The Words Are Spoken: A Workplace Holiday Romance Novel (Hearts in Winter Book 2). . Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she’s providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. Lois Clary Lois Clary, freshly transplanted to San Francisco, is too busy in her new position as software programmer at General Dexterity to fix a decent dinner. . . insightful . General Dexterity, a robotics company in San Francisco, burns out its bright young employees on 12-hour shifts and feeds them a gray sludge called Slurry. . . fits so beautifully into the time and place and moment he is writing about.” —Jason Sheehan, NPR Books "Delicious fun . “Robin Sloan's delightful new novel, Sourdough… displays both lightness and a yearning for escape, but only in the best sense.” —Jeff Vandermeer, author of Borne, in LA Times “Sourdough rises like a good loaf . Teen Readers Good news — You can still get free 2-day shipping, free pickup, & more. Among the characters are a collector of vintage restaurant menus, members of a club for women named Lois, the Mazg brothers' forefathers, and a fellow baker who plays Grateful Dead bootlegs to encourage his own starter. Thanks for your continued support! Sometimes with tongue in cheek, and sometimes with a critical of not accusatory eye. I could start with the starter.” Lois attempts to link her job and her hobby by teaching a robot arm to knead the bread she makes for a farmer’s market, but ultimately she has to choose between what her head tells her and what her heart draws her towards. I didn't have any friends in San Francisco aside from a handful of Dextrous, but they were just as traumatized as I was. The company needed programmers with a background in motor control, and in San Francisco, she said, such programmers were rare. A delightful and heartfelt read.” Library Journal, "Sloan's comic but smart tone never flags, and Lois is an easy hero to root for." But Beo and his brother, the cook, are in a hurry to leave the country, and one evening they deliver more than her order—they give her the family's starter for their sourdough bread and urge her to carry on their tradition. But Beo and his brother, the cook, are in a hurry to leave the country, and one evening they deliver more than her order—they give her the family's starter for their sourdough bread and urge her to carry on their tradition. She must keep it alive, they tell her—feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it. . .” —David LaBounty, Dallas Morning News “In his novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Sloan unraveled a mystery about a web designer who takes a job in a peculiar all-night Bay area book shop. Sourdough is the story we all secretly dream about. The sky above the Crowley parking lot was gray and drippy like the undercarriage of a car. I set out across the country with all my belongings in the back of my car and my desk cactus strapped into the passenger seat. The programmers at General Dexterity were utterly unlike my colleagues at Crowley, who had been middle-aged and chilled-out, and who enjoyed nothing as much as a patient explanation. “I needed a more interesting life. . Colorado Teen Book Con Fight Club meets The Great British Bake Off . Could we leave our mundane lives and take a leap of faith in the direction of our newfound passion? But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. Definitely okay, though.". Submit your email address to receive Barnes & Noble offers & updates. . I first came across Robin Sloan when I read Mr Penumbra's Bookstore last years, then I read the prequel - Ajax Penumbra. . . Then I skipped a night, feeling self-conscious, but I ordered again the night after that. The final 25% of the story declined with its absurd silliness and seemed rushed ultimately falling as flat as untended starter. If not, call again. The novelty of the Mazg culture (in multiple senses) is amusing and creative. Please try again. Every free trial encourages Audible to continue supporting TED-Ed’s nonprofit mission, so if a TED-Ed episode captures your interest, please consider downloading an audio version of the related book through Audible.