Stephan Eirik Clark reads from "Sweetness #9"

08/19/2014 7:00 pm

“Funny and moving. After this nothing will ever taste the same again.--T.C. Boyle, author of The Women and San Miguel

 

It's 1973, and David Leveraux is a young and ambitious flavor chemist working at a world-renowned flavor-production house. While testing a new artificial sweetener--Sweetness #9--he notices some unsettling side effects in the laboratory rats and monkeys: anxiety, obesity, mutism, and a general dissatisfaction with life.


Years later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetener--and David's family is changing. His wife is gaining weight, his son has stopped using verbs, and his daughter is generally dissatsified with her life. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David's failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the human condition? David's search for an answer unfolds in this expansive novel that is at once a comic satire, a family story, and an exploration of our deepest cultural anxieties. Wickedly funny and wildly imaginative, Sweetness #9 questions whether what we eat makes us truly who we are.


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Stephan Eirik Clark was born in West Germany and raised between England and the United States. He is the author of the short story collection Vladimir's Mustache. A former Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, he teaches English at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Sweetness #9 is his first novel.


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Sweetness #9 (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780316278751
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 8/2014

Vladimir's Mustache (Paperback)

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If You Liked "Sweetness #9"

 

Edan Lepucki, author of California, recently gave Stephan Eirik Clark’s debut novel, Sweetness #9, the “Lepucki Lift” on The Colbert Report, calling it, appropriately, “so good.” Click here to read a few of Clark’s own addictively good book recommendations. And don’t miss Clark in person on August 19th at Common Good Books.

 

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08/24/2014 5:00 pm

 

 

Take yourself from the ballgame to Wal-Mart and back with Josh Ostergaard’s “radically subjective American history.” We will be joined by author Josh Ostergaard to talk and answer questions about the book.


“I thought I wasn't interested in baseball until I read this book. It's like a box of eclectic baseball cards about our country and our culture - curious, compelling, and disturbing in turn.”--Eula Biss, author of Notes From No Man’s Land and On Immunity


“In [Ostergaard’s] chopped-up history of the last 150 years, the baseball diamond becomes the stage for an allegorical retelling of American hegemony, with the Yankees standing in for a nation loved and hated for its might.”–Jeff Turrentine, The New York Times


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The Devil's Snake Curve offers an alternative American history, in which colonialism, jingoism, capitalism, and faith are represented by baseball. Personal and political, it twines Japanese internment camps with the Yankees; Walmart with the Kansas City Royals; and facial hair patterns with militarism, Guantanamo, and the modern security state. An essay, a miscellany, and a passionate unsettling of Josh Ostergaard's relationship with our national pastime, it allows for both the clover of a childhood outfield and the persistence of the game's service to those in power. America and baseball are both hard to love or leave in this by turns coruscating and heartfelt debut.


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