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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (127 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Kurlansky Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9781449800567
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I pledge allegiance to the neighborhood! On this street on the Lower East Side, Nathan struggles to hold on to life in this rapidly changing world of the 1980s, an exhilarating menagerie of people and customs. A tale of pastry, guilt, and music by the aut Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A joyful celebration of a New York neighborhood…[A] lively mix of cultures…Kurlansky knows how to make food sexy.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] riotous tale,,,a pitch-perfect symbol of culture clash. Alternately sociological and silly, Boogaloo is a hit.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “An addictive read…smart, funny, [and] formidable.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Funny… poignant…spot-on writing.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[A] comedy of gentrification…a cocktail of Jews, Italians, Puerto Ricans, Poles, Germans, and Dominicans, of different eras, music and, above all, foods, clashing and conjoining…[Kurlansky] has admirably re-created the texture of the pre-boom neighborhood, with just the right mixture of sweet and tart, tangy and spicy.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 10/16/2013

    " Remarkably fun and enjoyable book. Not an earth-mover, but a story whose quirky details and gentle themes have stuck with me for years. Entirely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 10/9/2013

    " This was too scratched up to finish. I got about a third of the way through and I liked what I heard. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty | 9/16/2013

    " I just couldn't get into it... I wish he had stuck with Cod. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laila | 1/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed Kurlansky's non-fiction. He should probably stick to that and leave fiction alone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 6/10/2011

    " This was a super fun book to listen to. I learned lots about NYC and jewish food. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 3/15/2011

    " I wanted to like this but it was shallow with unlikable characters. The recipe for Rigo Jancsi and the passages involving cooking are the saving graces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/14/2010

    " This was a quick, witty read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 1/18/2009

    " Listened to the audio book version on a trip out to the mountains back in 2005 and greatly enjoyed this debut novel by Kurlansky (author of the nonfiction works 'Cod' and 'Salt'). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/7/2008

    " Picked up this book due to the colorful interesting cover. I wasn't impressed by the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Kresner | 10/14/2008

    " A brisk read. A sort of downtown Bonfire of the Vanities. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Egm | 5/21/2007

    " Listened to this book on tape and just found it completely uncompelling. Did not keep my attention at all and thought about not even finishing it. Didn't feel for or care about the characters or the story at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosamund | 2/15/2006

    " A clever, sometimes witty play on ethnic stereotypes in in New York. However there were too many characters so I got confused, and really... there was no plot. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Kurlansky

Marl Kurlansky is a highly-acclaimed American journalist and writer of general interest nonfiction, including The Big Oyster. He is especially known for titles on eclectic topics. His 1997 book Cod was an international bestseller and was translated into more than fifteen languages.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.