A no-muss memoir written by Tamara Shopsin. It is a love letter about the charms of old New York/New Yorkers, a man named Willy, the singular restaurant Tamara’s family runs, and the philosophic wisdom of her father Kenny Shopsin.
Nothing. This is not a book about football.
It is a set-up for the drawing underneath, a cartoon about living life so fully that the whole point of the game changes.
An oasis in New York City that was a real life Sesame Street, with her dad as Oscar the Grouch and mom as Big Bird. Her parents ran it first as a grocery store and then as a restaurant called Shopsin’s. They ran it at a time when President Ford told the city to drop dead and parents begged their children NOT to move to New York.
Yes, but it has moved to the Lower East Side and the book focuses on the restaurant's first location in Greenwich Village.
Willoughby was a New Yorker from St. Louis that Tamara grew up with.
My dad told me Willy once had a girl over. The girl and Willy had lots of sex and drinks. And he gave her his television set.
When Willy wanted to get laid he gave everything away. He had an expression:
When I’m hard I’m soft and when I’m soft I’m hard.
And it was true because the next day Willy went and got the television back.
Read the book and you will find out.
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Hardcover / FSG ✕ MCD / ISBN 978-0374105860 / $27
Pub. Date July 18, 2017