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From the author of the much-loved novel Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore comes a follow-up about a life-changing loaf of bread.
Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread.
Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive. Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer's market, where an exclusive close-knit club runs the show.
When Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly?
Publisher: : 2017 Penguin,
ISBN: 9781925603156


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Marlowe Oct 05, 2017

Pleasantly surprised by Sloan's new book. I loved the mystery of "Mr. Penumbra's..." and was definitely looking for another tale of intrigue. Here Sloan offers us culture; bacterial and social. Through food, baking, and eating, Sloan meditates on society - whether the tug of the past, or the lure of the future. This is also a delightful coming of age story, filled with love and friendship. This is an easy and fun read, that made me hungry the entire time.

Oct 03, 2017

Absolute garbage. I couldn't get through it. What a disappointment after waiting so long for Sloan's next book.

Oct 03, 2017

This is a delightful confection of a book, as tasty, quirky, and well-crafted as the loaves made from the titular sourdough. But a lesson is definitely there and it is both pertinent and timely. While technology is incredible and adds much to our daily lives, it would be unwise to set aside the magic and satisfaction involved in artisanal creation. Sloan shows us that they can and should be successfully blended if we want to live our lives at the highest level of satisfaction.

katbee Oct 03, 2017

Robin Sloan has written another awesome book! I loved reading it so much. It's nice to read a story in which you have no idea of what to expect, but you also aren't worried about something bad happening. I think the side story of emails from Beo was a nice mix to the main story with Lois. The touch of magical realism was fun. This book makes you very hungry when you read it!

Sep 28, 2017

The way I heard this one discussed, I thought it would be super weird. But it's refreshingly light and only a little bit bent! Since reading, I've been taking more time to listen to what the ingredients in my kitchen might be telling me. Highly recommended for foodies, home cooks, and anyone who likes stories about discovering or reinventing yourself through pursuing a craft. It's an especially good way of sneaking a little sci-fi on someone who doesn't think they like sci-fi.

Michael Colford Sep 28, 2017

This delightful tale of food, robotics and microorganisms Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is filled with charm, magical realism, and science. It revolves around the unique starter for a sourdough bread in a future very near to our own.

Lois works at a company trying to perfect a robot arm, and while she has slipped to eating the "Slurry" or nutrient paste, that many use for nourishment, she discovers a nearby take-out restaurant that offers a "double spicy" along with the most delicious sourdough bread she has ever tasted. She is also briefly entranced by the brothers who own this restaurant, and before they leave San Fransisco, they share with her the starter for the bread, which changes her life forever.

Jul 26, 2017

You ever read a book and think, this author gets me and writes something that's just what I want to read? That's how I feel about Robin Sloan. I loved his previous book and his latest is equally fabulous. I just want to hang out with him!

Sourdough is a love letter to yeast--and to finding your true passion in life (and loaf). A brilliant young computer programmer named Lois moves from Michigan to San Francisco for a fancy tech job. Looking to eat something other than the liquid nutrient gel Slurry that she and her comrades slurp down at lunch, she begins ordering soup and bread from a mysterious local delivery only food vendor. Suddenly her food purveyors must skip town and entrust her with the starter for their yummy sourdough.

She decides to try to make some bread and does a good job. She becomes obsessed with making bread which leads her into a strange world of an odd market named Marrow Fair where she meets many fascinating and strange folk. There's no need to say more. Just read this dang book.

I devoured this book. Robin Sloan writes with wit and intelligence yet it is effortless reading. I'm always impressed with books that can achieve that.

So excited for this book to make its way into our literary world this fall. Highly recommended reading!

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