A Novel

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 BookstoreLois 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: 2017.
ISBN: 9780374716431
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jun 24, 2019

Fun read. And, if you have not yet read "Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore" , I suggest you do so - immediately!

Jun 08, 2019

In the beginning I thought this was enchanting, sweet, fun, and a little relatable. It became a little dull towards the middle and never really came back up for me.

JCLAndrewE Apr 06, 2019

This was a delightful and fun novel about personal growth, and sourdough bread. Well written from the POV of the main character as she embarks on a journey of finding meaning in life, and finding out just how unique her gifted sourdough starter is. Lots of humor, and some excellent insights into the nature of work fulfillment makes this for a engaging read (or listen to in my case.)

*Very Mild Spoilers* I'll warn you though, I kept assuming a more fantastical climax than what happened. It didn't detract any, but the air of mystery that is cultivated lends itself to imagination.

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!

I absolutely loved this book! Light and airy with a touch of quirk and enough talk about bread to make your mouth water! Very enjoyable mix of tech-world meets old-world skills! I highly recommend this and Robin Sloan's other work "Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour Library"

Tigard_AnnieS Jan 26, 2019

When Lois, a twenty-something computer engineer in the San Francisco start-up community, becomes disenchanted with her meal replacement "goo" she takes a leap of faith and orders a meal from a mysterious restaurant. This phone call unleashes a chain of events which involve the underbelly of the farmer's market scene, a robotic arm, a powerful and sentient sourdough starter, and maybe love. This book was fun to read and almost impossible to put down. Fans of Maria Semple and those who enjoyed Robin Sloans previous book, "Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Book Store" will love this. A hoot and a half.

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 many things I never expected to see combined into one brilliant and relatively short novel. It's also about the restlessness of the human spirit, adventure, friendship, and not settling for less in your life. I could not love it 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.

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.

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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.)

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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