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A software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions, Lois Clary codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. When the brothers have Visa issues, they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her-- and learn to bake with it. Soon Lois is providing loaves to the General Dexterity cafeteria, then the farmer's market, and a whole new world opens up-- including a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432841751
Branch Call Number: F SLOAN
Characteristics: 339 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm
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Lois works at a company trying to perfect a robot arm, and while she has been 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. The broth... Read More »

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LPL_SarahM Nov 15, 2018

Our 2019 RAL selection will not disappoint. It might make you hungry, make you curious about microbes, have you googling vocabulary in the middle of the night, and find you taking up an interest in baking bread. That's what it did for me, anyway.

Sep 14, 2018

Very, very weird and quirky but delightfully so.

Aug 20, 2018

A genre-busting novel featuring robotic arms, a hidden nationality, a club consisting entirely of women named Lois, and a possibly sentient sourdough starter. The writing is concise but full of quirky expressions and references to pop culture (and sourdough culture). I enjoyed it immensely, though I kept half-expecting something much more ominous to happen (that sourdough is just slightly creepy)… Eventually something horrible does happen – but it turns out to be actually comical and quite tasty. Literally. This book – like a fine sourdough – is made to be savored.

Jun 05, 2018

If you enjoy deeply quirky books that encourage the reader to look inside her/himself and re-evaluate her/his beliefs, this is definitely the book for you!

DPLalyssab Mar 27, 2018

Fun, quick read meshing the San Francisco tech and foodie worlds. You will be hungry reading after reading this!

Michael Colford Mar 21, 2018

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.

Mar 09, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this quirky little book. Anytime I stay up late to read a book it has to be a good one. Sourdough has a little bit of sci-fi fantasy magic in it which is fine by me. Who wouldn't love being in the "Lois Club"?

Dec 23, 2017

As expected after having read "Mr. Penumbra" Robin delivers a lighthearted, fun and interesting story based here making it easy to relate with. I couldn't help but think the character who surprises Lois in the end was created using Alice Waters as the foundation. Lots of fun, a quick read and a good book for the beach or anywhere else.

Dec 20, 2017

I found this book absolutely delightful. I read it after hearing Sloan interviewed on a podcast. As someone who has worked as a vendor at many of the farmers markets that are mentioned I found his descriptions of farmers market culture both accurate and hilarious. If you are a food lover you will probably like this book, especially if you don't mind a little magical realism. Easy, quick read too.

Nov 08, 2017

I loved 'Mr. Penumbra's...' and was eagerly awaiting Sloan's latest book. Loved it! I love books where there is a strong grounding in reality with a big streak of magic running through it.
As others have mentioned, it's beautifully, descriptively and imaginatively written, and at the same time, a smooth, quick read. I 'rationed' my reading of it so that I could enjoy it longer and mull over the happenings.

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Nov 25, 2017

The house was large and deeply lived in, all the shelves and surfaces stacked with boxes and books, framed pictures, old greeting cards set up like tent cities. If there was a spectrum of spaces defined at one end by my barren apartment, this marked the other extreme. Every single surface told a story. A long one. With digressions.

Nov 25, 2017

Here's a thing I believe about people my age: we are the children of Hogwarts, and more than anything, we just want to be sorted.


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