Stuffed

Stuffed

Adventures of A Restaurant Family

Book - 2001
Average Rating:
1
Rate this:
In a restaurant family, you're never just hungry--you're starving to death. And you're never full--you're stuffed. Patricia Volk's family is as American (background: Austrian-Jewish) as "Rhapsody in Blue." They came to these shores determined to make their mark; each of them is a piquant morsel of history. Great-grandfather Sussman Volk brought pastrami to the New World. Grandfather Jacob was known as "the Most Destructive Force on Wall Street" and was memorialized by E. B. White as "the greatest wrecker of all time" for his innovative method of demolition. Uncle Albert was the first man to stir scallions into cream cheese. The last of Grandfather Herman Morgen's fourteen restaurants was a famous garment center hangout. One grandmother won the 1916 trophy for "Best Legs in Atlantic City." The other was a three-hundred-pound calendar girl. Ms. Volk's handsome, demanding restaurateur father invented the Six-color Retractable Pen and Pencil Set and the Double-sided Cigarette Lighter (so you never have to worry which end is up). For three generations, just about every Volk and Morgen (with the exception of Uncle Al, who had an eleven-year affair with Aunt Lil and then refused to marry her because she wasn't a virgin) has, no matter what the circumstances, exhibited a terrifyingly positive attitude. With a cosmic disdain for the status quo, all of them--the tyrants, do-gooders, lovers, martyrs, and fakes--lived at full tilt. Stuffedis a wildly funny yet unsparing look at how families work.
Publisher: New York, NY : Knopf : 2001
ISBN: 9780375411069
0375411062
Branch Call Number: 647.95 V882s
Characteristics: 242p illus

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

d
debarino
Feb 19, 2011

This was a tender, touching, funny and poignant memoir of life in a loving, idosyncratic NY restaurant family. It ends up being a loving tribute to an amusing cast of characters some of whom were notable in New York history. Despite the quirkiness of the family members, my sense was that this is an admirably "functional" family. A fun and memorable read.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings

  Loading...
No similar edition of this title was found at NWPL.

Try searching for Stuffed to see if NWPL owns related versions of the work.


Suggest for Purchase

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top