Book Cafe: My Korean Deli with Ben Ryder Howe

Filmed May 12, 2011

Ben Ryder Howe, formerly of The Paris Review and a contributor to The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Outside, discusses his recently published memoir, My Korean Deli. Howe describes the trials and triumphs of his Korean-born wife’s decision to repay her parents' self-sacrifice by buying them a store. My Korean Deli follows the store's tumultuous life, and paints the portrait of an extremely unlikely partnership among characters from Brooklyn, Seoul, and Puritan New England. Owning the deli becomes a transformative experience as the family struggles to salvage the original gift—and family harmony—while sorting out issues of values, work, and identity.

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Cast: The Korea Society

Tags: Deli and Author