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Publisher's Note:

In this funny, frank, tender memoir and New York Times bestseller, the author of A Homemade Life and the blog Orangette recounts how opening a restaurant sparked the first crisis of her young marriage. When Molly Wizenberg married Brandon Pettit, he was a trained composer with a handful of offbeat interests: espresso machines, wooden boats, violin-building, and ice cream–making. So when Brandon decided to open a pizza restaurant, Molly was supportive—not because she wanted him to do it, but because the idea was so far-fetched that she didn’t think he would. Before she knew it, he’d signed a lease on a space. The restaurant, Delancey, was going to be a reality, and all of Molly’s assumptions about her marriage were about to change. Together they built Delancey: gutting and renovating the space on a cobbled-together budget, developing a menu, hiring staff, and passing inspections. Delancey became a success, and Molly tried to convince herself that she was happy in their new life un…

Overall Book Review:

Upon reading the synopsis of this book, I just knew I would adore it. Every now and then I will read a non-fiction book that is so outstanding that I can’t put it down. This was one of them.

Delancey is written by Molly Wizenberg, a very brave woman indeed. Why, you ask? Well, for one she married a man because of a shared love of pizza. For another, this same man, the love of her life, is a go-getter. He has big ideas and plans, but sometimes they don’t turn out exactly as hoped, if they turn out at all. At the beginning of the book, Molly writes about how Brandon, her husband, had big plans to build violins, a boat, an ice cream shop–all things he was and is passionate about, only to lose sight of the end goal and toss the whole project to the wayside. Molly is rightfully frustrated by this kind of thing, but she is a good sport and a loving wife, and supports Brandon in his endeavors.

So when Brandon got the idea to start a restaurant, and not any restaurant mind you, but a pizza joint, Molly is behind him 100%. This book tells of the struggles the couple face as new business owners and entrepreneurs, and also of their joys and triumphs. Molly writes with honesty and grit. She describes in detail all of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the restaurant she and her husband built almost from scratch, with the help of some very dedicated friends. This is an inspiring, hopeful book that will stay with me for a long time.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 4 mild obscenities; 2 scatological words; 2 anatomical terms; 4 F-Word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  A person cuts thumb and gashes it quite badly.

Sex/Nudity:  Adults kiss; sex is referred to once; a woman worries that her husband might be cheating on her.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of a parent.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink; adults are mentioned to smoke pot; snorting coke is mentioned.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.