Michael Katz, January 6, 2012 (view all comments by Michael Katz)
The Cookbook Collector is a road trip into love of books...which come to life...and a snapshot of idiosyncratic characters, balancing the business of books with the human yearning for beauty, the love of story within and beyond the pages, a touch of whimsy, and a serious look at relationships (and honesty) between men and women and siblings and family, with a backdrop of the over-the-top economic/emotional era which defined the .com bubble and the "easy" invasion of personal privacy...spiced by Ms. Goodman's continuous look at the Jewish experience in America.
blackman, September 17, 2011 (view all comments by blackman)
This pleasant story of two very different sisters was full of twists and turns, some of which were predictable - some not. Set in Berkleym CA, it has a modern day Jane Austin sensibility to it. A good read.
Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: Twenty-eight-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech, twenty-three-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Pragmatic Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, romantic Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. Emily is rational and driven, while Jess is dreamy and whimsical. Emily’s boyfriend, Jonathan, is fantastically successful. Jess’s boyfriends, not so much.
National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Allegra Goodman has written a delicious novel about appetite, temptation, and holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.
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