I loved this book. Ben Howe is a terrific writer who captures the culture clash of his family and adopted neighborhood with a wonderfully self-deprecating sense of humor. I'm surprised to see some readers comment that the narration is weak. I think Bronson Pinchot captures these characters perfectly. (As one reader commented, the George Plimpton impression alone is worth the price of admission.) This is a book I can imagine listening to again. Great fun! Highly recommended.
I enjoyed the book, and I appreciated the complexity of the characters. However, the author writes with a subtle and very funny irony, but the narrator played it as a broad farce. It made the book seem juvenile rather than literary. He really missed the point, and I had to keep compensating for his dumbing-down of a lovely and touching story.
The book was okay. I think the writer liked using all of the big words he learned in school in one place. However, Bronson Pinchot's narration was excellent - he made each and every character unique with their own voice and speach. Very nice. It was an enjoyable listen.
The story sounded appealing, but it wasn't. I dont know if it was the narrator's snottiness or the story, but
I liked the story and the telling. By the end, however, the author was such a weakling who caved in to each and every character in the book, I simply disliked the guy. I'm surprised the man had the courage to write the book at all.
What a great book! I was amazed at just how great this book was. What a great story teller! So interesting and funny in so many ways. Fun to hear about the many trials and tribulations that happen in trying to get going with the deli business. Neat to hear about the real-life family struggles that we all deal with.
Lots of interesting people/customers to hear about. You feel like you're right there in the deli. I loved the hearing about George Plimpton too. He was a neat man and the book shows that. Narrating was as good as you get!
The book could use some good editing because the author rambles occasionally.
I think that he misses out on what could be some very insightful commentary on Asian culture.
I read nothing that is popular.
I'm a bit disappointed with this book because as a first generation American Korean, I was hoping to learn more of the Korean culture, but instead the book is a memoir of the author looking into a culture that he doesn't understand. I wanted to know more about the culture of running a business from an immigrant point of view and what challenges that they face at running their own business when English is not their native language.
Say something about yourself!
Ben Ryder Howe gives us a truly funny look into the what happens when he, an upper-crust white boy grows up to marry into an immigrant Korean family, complete with a traditional, and very commanding (and guffaw-inducing) mother-in-law. Combined with Bronson's Pinchot's always spot-on narration, this is a great little read.
I love good writing. Ben Ryder Howe knows good writing from his time at THE PARIS REVIEW, the country's most prestigious literary magazine. But he not only knows good writing--he is a good writer himself. I never thought I would be interested in a book about running a New York deli. It's completely out of realm of interest. Nevertheless, I couldn't put it down. I loved laughing out loud as I listened along.
When I don't know what to listen to next, I will often look to see what my favorite narrators have been up to lately. They include Edward Hermann, Arthur Morey, and th great Bronson Pinchot.
Obviously, this book had a great editor because I wouldn't change a thing.
A perfect, quieter read for those who like well-drawn characters an some hearty laughs in their creative non-fiction.