Book Keeping: A Reader's Community

Jason Goodwin


You uncover a place in the scent of a dish, more absolutely than in a thousand words. Yashim’s work in the kitchen making pilafs and dolmas evokes his city better than any amount of description.


I’ve tried twice, enjoyed reading it, and I have read and loved other Tolstoy novels – but Anna Karenina? It’s so doom-laden, I think I can’t quite bear it.