Sweet and Low: A Family Story
Cohen is jaded over his i ...more
"There was an ancient form of primogeniture at play in the family; as the son of the oldest son, Cousin Jeffrey was golden. One week, Grandma Betty decided that a grandchild would, for no particular reason, have a party thrown in his or her honor, complete with cake and gifts. While standing in m ...more
Most of us are divided either by our love of sweet, or savory. It's as strong as politics or religion. You have to side, and you ...more
If you really like a lot of history with your books, you will likely love this book. The author included a purposefully dated Xerox copy of an obituary that encapsulated Sweet and Low's founder and the compa ...more
I have officially lost all of my faith in mankind, except for Rich Cohen. Cohen manages to fit all of fake sugar's (saccharin, cyclamate, aspartame, sucralose) history into a few pages--although I was constantly wondering why scientists kept discovering these chemical compounds by licking their fingers . . didn't we learn in 5th grade t ...more
However, as much as I laughed at Cohen's telling of family tales, his repetitiveness became not only annoying but confusing. I struggled to keep track of all the family members and which generation they belonged to, and ultimately could care less what happened to them.
I have too many other books waiting to be read to continue plodding on with this one.
Thank God I only paid a dollar for this at a library book sale. Although I still feel like I overpaid.
The pink cover grabbed my attention initially. I know that color well. I have torn open thousands of packets in that shade as I gratify and sustain my unrepentant vice: unsweetened ice tea with extra lemon and one or more of those little sweet, low pink packets. What kind of book lurks inside this American Splendor-esque graphic novel cover? Little pink junkie that I am, I told myself I had to read this book. Would it change my attitude toward my cons ...more
The book is ...more
The Cohens, including Rich, the author, were written out of the Eisenstadt will, which denied them any share of the sweet n' low fortune. Rich wrote the book as an attempt to get to the bottom of why his mother was denied her share of the family fortune.
The actual history of the ...more
Reviewers don't blame Eisenstadt scion Rich Cohen for bearing a grudge. The Los Angeles Times notes that "[h]ell hath no fury like a writer deprived," but in the hands of Cohen, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and author of Tough Jews and The Avengers, the ire is transformed into compelling reading. Intimate family details__and not everyone is cast in the most flattering of lights__personalize a larger story of the family company and pre- and postwar Brooklyn.The only lapses? A grasp for...more
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