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Luncheonette: A Memoir

3.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  109 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
When his father contracted a sudden illness that left him paralyzed, Steven Sorrentino stowed away his dreams of Broadway stardom and returned home to West Long Branch, New Jersey, to help his family out. Taking over Clint's Corner, his father's luncheonette, Steven found himself at the grill flipping porkroll, serving a counter full of eccentrics, and confiding in Dolores ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Harper Paperbacks
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Mark Poons
Guy has father. Father owns luncheonette. Father becomes cripple. Guy takes over luncheonette. Guy becomes depressed, father becomes big success. In the end everyone is happy. Except reader.
Laura
Oct 25, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
I found this an enjoyable and quick read. Some of the characters in it are truly hilarious. They are almost caricatures which, at times, made me have to remind myself that this is a memoir, these are real people. (Ironically, I think would be annoyed if I ever saw characters like some of them in a work of fiction. I wouldn't find them believeable at all.) I really liked the author's honesty throughout. He didn't like where he was and what he was doing, but he understood the importance of it and ...more
Liz Bromley
Jul 27, 2009 Liz Bromley rated it really liked it
I had never heard of this book-- just picked it up off the sale rack at Tattered Cover in Denver. But I really really enjoyed it. Though the story alternates between the mundane and the remarkable, the emotions dealt with by the author at his moment of truth are absolutely raw. He is tremendously skilled, as he is able to take his most private moments of self-doubt and his most stark self-realizations and open them wide for the reader. No one will read this book and not recognize him or herself ...more
Vincent Desjardins
Feb 28, 2010 Vincent Desjardins rated it it was amazing
This funny and touching memoir with its unique setting and quirky cast of characters (you won't soon forget Dolores, the salty-tongued waitress) reads like a novel. At the heart of the story is Sorrentino's love for his father, a man, who despite suffering one medical setback after another, never complains and always springs back. What young Steven Sorrentino learns from his father Clint is inspirational without ever being cloying or sentimental. I was moved to tears in the last chapter, yet I f ...more
Vincent Desjardins
This funny and touching memoir with its unique setting and quirky cast of characters (you won't soon forget Dolores, the salty-tongued waitress) reads like a novel. At the heart of the story is Sorrentino's love for his father, a man, who despite suffering one medical setback after another, never complains and always springs back. What young Steven Sorrentino learns from his father Clint is inspirational without ever being cloying or sentimental. I was moved to tears in the last chapter, yet I f ...more
Carol Basilio
Dec 31, 2007 Carol Basilio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a surprise! I grabbed this book on the boardwalk, needing something to occupy my mind on a lazy day at the beach and I could not put it down. It's the story about a man who takes over the family business when his father gets sick. It's a great story about small towns, parents and children, dreams coming true, healing old wounds and growing up. The characters are priceless! Enjoy!
Cherie
Jan 14, 2008 Cherie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people from NJ
Recommended to Cherie by: the publisher
The story sounded great, but in Sorrentino's hands it just fell flat. He is so amused by his own story that he tries to make it sound more grand, more hilarious, than it really is. It just didn't feel sincere. I felt as though he was acting, sort of the way you see people on reality TV try to be more entertaining versions of themselves.
Faith
Apr 08, 2012 Faith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because I love small diners and odd places to eat, I loved this book. I could almost taste some of the old fashioned items that they served on the menu. This was a fun, pleasure to read of a book. I felt like visiting my local luncheonette after to savor up a good old fashioned grilled cheese.
Cara
A family disaster brings a grown son back to his NJ hometown to run his dad's luncheonette. This biography manages to set up every hoary cliche possible (gay son, small town, transplanted New Yorker, hometown, etc., etc.) and then dodge them all.
Monica
Jan 13, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-book-list
Interesting story about a reluctant luncheonette manager who fills-in for his father who becomes incapacitated from a stroke. Quick read, entertaining.
Lynn
Apr 04, 2009 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Memoir about author and his family, particularily his father and his restaurant- Clint's Corner. Love story, really.
Karen Powell
Luncheonette: A Memoir by Steven Sorrentino (2005)
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