My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store (Google eBook)
This warm and funny tale of an earnest preppy editor finding himself trapped behind the counter of a Brooklyn convenience store is about family, culture and identity in an age of discombobulation.
It starts with a gift, when Ben Ryder Howe's wife, the daughter of Korean immigrants, decides to repay her parents' self-sacrifice by buying them a store. Howe, an editor at the rarefied Paris Review, agrees to go along. Things soon become a lot more complicated. After the business struggles, Howe finds himself living in the basement of his in-laws' Staten Island home, commuting to the Paris Review offices in George Plimpton's Upper East Side townhouse by day, and heading to Brooklyn at night to slice cold cuts and peddle lottery tickets. My Korean Deli follows the store's tumultuous life span, and along the way paints the portrait of an extremely unlikely partnership between characters with shoots across society, from the Brooklyn streets to Seoul to Puritan New England. Owning the deli becomes a transformative experience for everyone involved as they struggle to salvage the original gift—and the family—while sorting out issues of values, work, and identity.
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Review: My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience StoreUser Review - Kasa Cotugno - Goodreads
This is a pleasant memoir, more of an extended blog, with situations beyond its original premise. When finished, I was surprised at the harshness of some of the other reviews since I didn't find it ... Read full review
Review: My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience StoreUser Review - Deborah Halber - Goodreads
I enjoyed spending a few days inside Ben Ryder Howe's world--he's living with his wife's extended Korean family in a basement in Staten Island, he's working as a (largely unqualified, he admits ... Read full review