College student Bec is self-conscious of her aimless life; she has fallen into an affair with a married professor and a major she has no interest in. In a half-hearted effort to redeem herself, she answers an ad for a caregiver and finds herself employed by Kate, a wealthy, happily married woman with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Their relationship develops into a surprising intimacy, and as she observes the implacable changes in Kate her own life takes shape in ways she didn’t anticipate. Vibrant and sensuous, this is a fiercely unsentimental yet poignant novel.
Britt and Leo have spent ten years running the best restaurant in their small Pennsylvania town. But when their younger brother, Harry, opens a hip little joint of his own, everyone’s thrown off-kilter. Britt becomes fascinated by a customer. Their pastry chef quits and reappears at Harry’s restaurant. And Leo becomes tempted to break the cardinal rule of restaurant ownership. Filled with hilarious insider detail—the culinary one-upmanship, the rivalry between bartender and hostess, the seedy bar where everyone drinks off their workday.
Bread and Butter is both an incisive novel of family and a gleeful romp through the inner workings of restaurant kitchens.
At a stately, crumbling house on Lake Monona, brittle Greta joins thirty-something Hal, a non-profit employee, and much younger Karin, a reporter for a local newspaper. Their neighborhood is teetering: an early-morning incident at the lake and a series of summer blackouts and gas shortages have unearthed a disquietude lurking just under the surface for each of the three residents. As the blackout spreads, the co-op members are forced out of their insular house and into the larger community. In a novel that is swift, slyly funny, and rich in atmosphere, Greta, her husband Will, Karin, and Hal try to steer their everyday lives through an extraordinary time.
Food and Booze celebrates seven years of delicious writing culled from Tin House’s “Readable Feast” and “Blithe Spirit” departments. The pieces, contributed by some of the finest fiction and nonfiction writers working today, range from the humorous to the lyrical, recipes to rhapsodies, the historic to the personal, and from humble to haute cuisine. All share one common feature: the superb writing readers have come to expect from the magazine, the only literary journal with its own martini recipe.