Arbitrary Stupid Goal

Arbitrary Stupid Goal

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"'Arbitrary Stupid Goal is a completely riveting world--when I looked up from its pages regular life seemed boring and safe and modern like one big iPhone. This book captures not just a lost New York but a whole lost way of life'--Miranda July; In Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin takes the reader on a pointillist time-travel trip to the Greenwich Village of her bohemian 1970s childhood, a funky, tight-knit small town in the big city, long before Sex and the City tours and luxury condos. The center of Tamara's universe is Shopsin's, her family's legendary greasy spoon, aka 'The Store, ' run by her inimitable dad, Kenny--a loquacious, contrary, huge-hearted man who, aside from dishing up New York's best egg salad on rye, is Village sheriff, philosopher, and fixer all at once. All comers find a place at Shopsin's table and feast on Kenny's tall tales and trenchant advice along with the incomparable chili con carne. Filled with clever illustrations and witty, nostalgic photographs and graphics, and told in a sly, elliptical narrative that is both hilarious and endearing, Arbitrary Stupid Goal is an offbeat memory-book mosaic about the secrets of living an unconventional life, which is becoming a forgotten art "--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : MCD/Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374105860
Branch Call Number: F128.68.G8 S56 2017 (BIOG)
Characteristics: 324 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Apr 28, 2019

I love Tamara Shopsin and her writing style. So fun and quick, and lets you be right there with her

Apr 06, 2018

This is one of the best books I've ever read. The author takes you right into her world of being a kid in Greenwich Village with a somewhat unconventional family. I think this book should be taught in Memoir classes. I'm not exaggerating when I say I had the same reaction to reading this book as I did when I finished To Kill A Mockingbird: all I want to read is this author.

Nov 18, 2017

I loved this book. Funny, light hearted memoir of this woman growing up immersed in the family business - a grocery that later became a restaurant in NYC's Greenwhich Village. Easy reading though that is no ref;lection on the abundance of wit and humor.

Nov 09, 2017

There is something so heartwarming about this quirky memoir describing the author's unconventional childhood in Greenwich Village. Really more of a story about a place, Shopsin describes the characters who were part of her larger than life family, owners of an oddball corner grocery turned diner. It's a love letter to a bygone time.


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