Monday, September 18, 2017


Culture. Lots of readers will love the many things that Robin Sloan does so well in his novel titled, Sourdough. Techies will love protagonist Lois Clary, a software engineer specializing in robotics who is recruited from Detroit to San Francisco. Foodies will love the ways in which Lois becomes enamored by the mysteries of bread baking and what happens after she joins an elite farmers market. Bakers will recognize her relationship with the sourdough starter, the culture that she was given by two brothers who cooked great food and bread out of their apartment in her SF neighborhood. People who have moved from one part of the country to another will love the experience of Lois as she finds her place in a new setting. The Lois club introduces her to other women named Lois which was a great laugh. By assembling all those ingredients together, Sloan makes readers care about Lois, about good bread, and about all that it takes to maintain culture in its many forms. This reader loved the fine prose, creative plot and engaging characters. After reading it, I bought some fresh bread at the farmers market. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Sourdough from

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