Thursday, May 5, 2011
My Korean Deli (#22) by Ben Ryder Howe
The author, a native Bostonian, decides to go into business, buying a deli in Brooklyn, N. Y., with his Korean American wife and her Korean parents. The deli presents many challenges; work schedules, what items to stock, who to employ, maintaining a store that is not in good condition, difficult customers, cash flow problems, etc. The author was at the same time employed as an editor at the literary magazine, The Paris Review, so his time and energy was seriously challenged. This book is the chronology of what happened during this family's struggle with managing and maintaining a small business in Brooklyn. I really enjoyed it and especially enjoyed the culture clashes that occurred within this family.