The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine - Alina Bronsky

Alina Bronsky follows her beautifully defiant debut, Broken Glass Park, with another story about women determined to build a future despite limited prospects. Told from the unself-conscious perspective of a wily, domineering matriarch, The Hottest Dishes Of The Tartar Cuisine (Europa Editions, $15) describes Rosalinda’s well-meaning, yet dysfunctionally tragic-comic efforts to secure financial stability, which to her means chocolates, stockings, and a better apartment. She tries to declare her hapless daughter, Sulfia, unfit so that she can raise her adored, strong-willed granddaughter Aminat, and arranges meetings for them with useless, self-absorbed men whose only marketable quality is their foreign passports. A cynically humorous, compellingly honest glimpse of post-Soviet realities.

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By Alina Bronsky, Tim Mohr (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781609450069
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Published: Europa Editions - April 26th, 2011

The Lonely Polygamist - Brady Udall

Golden Richards, a prominent, hard-working community leader and businessman, loves his family dearly, although with twenty-eight children and four wives, they do wear him out. Sometimes all he wants is a little peace and quiet, someone who doesn’t talk too much, understands him, helps him relax. Does it make any sense that The Lonely Polygamist (W.W. Norton, $15.95) would seek relief in the arms of a fifth woman? One who happens to be married to his boss? As a matter of fact, it just might. It will surprise you how normal the dysfunctions of this large, rambunctious family really are, and how Barry Udall, who wrote the article in Esquire that inspired the hit television show, manages to follow and develop so many characters and themes in one entertaining book.

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ISBN: 9780393339710
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 9th, 2011

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition - Daniel Okrent

For readers fascinated with bootlegging and organized crime, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition (Scribner, $17) is essential reading. Daniel Okrent vividly supplies the historical background, intrigue, complex characters, and everyday life of the 1920s. Called the “Roaring” decade—who wanted the eighteenth Amendment? In fact, prohibition had its political roots in the women’s suffrage movement, a tendentious alliance with temperance unions, small-town Protestant anti-immigrant sentiments, and anti-German brewery boycotts after World War I. But then there was smuggling, rum-running, booze cruises, closet “wet” congressmen, medicinal alcohol dispensation, and  wine fermentation kits—and these, not to mention the potential tax income, made repeal inevitable. 

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ISBN: 9780743277044
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Published: Scribner - May 31st, 2011