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My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store
By Ben Ryder Howe
(Henry Holt and Company, $24)

Ben Ryder Howe’s greatest accomplishment was not getting to work closely with George Plimpton at The Paris Review; rather, it was buying and running a Brooklyn deli with his wife’s Korean immigrant family while also working at the esteemed literary journal. Howe’s sweet and funny memoir details his experience tending to customers; going head-to-head with his mother-in-law, whom he calls “the Mike Tyson of Korean grandmothers”; and saving the store from ruin.