My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Macmillan, Mar 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
16 Reviews

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.


  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1
4 stars
8
3 stars
5
2 stars
1
1 star
1

Review: My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

User 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 Store

User 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

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
18
Section 3
30
Section 4
44
Section 5
54
Section 6
62
Section 7
70
Section 8
81
Section 14
157
Section 15
175
Section 16
191
Section 17
212
Section 18
228
Section 19
237
Section 20
244
Section 21
256

Section 9
88
Section 10
103
Section 11
118
Section 12
127
Section 13
138
Section 22
264
Section 23
275
Section 24
288
Section 25
303
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Ben Ryder Howe has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and Outside, and his work has been selected for Best American Travel Writing. He is a former senior editor of The Paris Review. He, his wife, and their two children live on Staten Island. This is his first book.

Bibliographic information