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Sweet and Low : A Family Story
by Rich Cohen


Overview - "Sweet and Low" is the bittersweet, hilarious story of Ben Eisenstadt, who invented sugar packets and Sweet'N Low, and amassed the great fortune that would later destroy his family. It is a story of immigrants, Jewish gangsters, and Brooklyn; of sugar, saccharine, obesity, and diet crazes; of jealousy, betrayal, and ambition.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"Sweet and Low" is the bittersweet, hilarious story of Ben Eisenstadt, who invented sugar packets and Sweet'N Low, and amassed the great fortune that would later destroy his family. It is a story of immigrants, Jewish gangsters, and Brooklyn; of sugar, saccharine, obesity, and diet crazes; of jealousy, betrayal, and ambition. Disinherited along with his mother and siblings, Rich Cohen has written a rancorous, colorful history of his extraordinary family and their pursuit of the American dream. Rich Cohen is the author of "Tough Jews, The Avengers, "and" Machers and Rockers, "and the memoir" Lake Effect." His work has appeared in "The New Yorker "and" Vanity Fair, " among many other publications, and he is a contributing editor to "Rolling Stone." He lives in New York City. A" New York Times Book Review "Notable Book of the YearA "Washington Post Book World "Best Book of the YearA "Chicago Tribune "Best Book of the YearA "Kansas City Star "Noteworthy Book of the YearA "Salon.com "Top Ten Best Books of the Year"" "Sweet and Low" is the bittersweet, hilarious story of Ben Eisenstadt, who invented sugar packets and Sweet'N Low, and amassed the great fortune that would later destroy his family. It is a story of immigrants, Jewish gangsters, and Brooklyn; of sugar, saccharine, obesity, and diet crazes; of jealousy, betrayal, and ambition. Disinherited along with his mother and siblings, Rich Cohen has written a rancorous, colorful history of his extraordinary family and their pursuit of the American Dream. "A rollicking, utterly compelling family saga that is part detective story, part morality tale, part tragedy and part farce. It is a story peopled with eccentrics and naifs and scoundrels, and a story recounted with uncommon acuity and wit . . . Mr. Cohen . . . writes about his family with a mixture of affection, outrage and bafflement, startled and often in awe at the strangeness of his relatives and the bizarre trajectory of their lives . . . He has not settled for writing a simple, straight-ahead memoir, however. Instead, he's intercut the story with tart and highly entertaining asides about everything from the history of Brooklyn to the history of the sugar business, from the legacy of the immigrant experience to the big business of diets and weight loss . . . Cohen has] managed to turn his family's rancorous history into a gripping memoir: a small classic of familial triumph, travail and strife, and a telling--and often hilarious--parable about the pursuit and costs of the American Dream."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times""" "Do not disinherit a man who makes his living with a pen. He may exact revenge by splashing the family's boils and foibles in black-and-white on the pages of a spectacularly entertaining book. That is the misfortune of the family of the late Benjamin Eisenstadt, self-made scion behind those ubiquitous pink packages of fake sugar piled in bowls on restaurant tabletops the world over. But it's a riotous reading experience for the rest of us, who get to enjoy Rich Cohen's roiling, boisterous, hysterical and weirdly scholarly remembrance of his messy, badly behaved Jewish clan in "Sweet and Low.""--Michael Ollove, "The Baltimore Sun"" """ "How decadent . . . to indulge in Rich Cohen's rollicking account of his family and the business it built, a book that aims mostly to settle old scores, air dirty laundry and answer decades of petty insults from relatives . . . He paints vividly, and not flatteringly . . . Cohen] has a terrific eye for detail, the little things that affix people and places in our memories, the gestures and miscues that shape family history . . . Reading him savage his family, you sometimes wonder, is he allowed to do this? It's a guilty pleasure--sort of like sugar without the calories."--Kate Zernike, ""The New York Times Book Review"" "A wildly addictive, high-octane narrative. Cohen sashays with boisterous panache from the history of the sugar trade to grandmother Betty's brooch . . . Cohen moves from journalistic objectivity to the intensely personal with ease, enjoying the kind of access that historians almost never get . . . Is Rich Cohen, the grandson who got squat from the Sweet'N Low millions, taking revenge? No; this book is about his mother, and the way that her family--the whole saccharine-sticky lot of them--were truly and unnaturally awful to her, a woman who makes but brief appearances in the narrative and is never eulogized. A woman who could have survived her vile relatives only through a tremendous inner strength. It is this strength which, subtly, gloriously, Rich Cohen celebrates."--John Barlowe, ""Washington Post"" "The rollicking saga of Grandpa Ben's business, 'taken over and stripmined by hooligans.' The battle over his vast family fortune leads to feuds between siblings, corruption, lawsuits and the ultimate disintegration of the clan. It is Cohen's good fortune to be on the side of the family that was disinherited. Sweet revenge is the energy behind this glorious book."--Andrea Sachs, "Time" "Alternately delicious and sour . . . All these characters are portrayed with elegantly phrased detail, along with Cohen's insightful eye for the larger picture. "Sweet and Low" might as well be a Balzacian 19th-century novel complete with a crisis, a contested will and a tragic resolution . . . "Sweet and Low" is never less than fascinating reading, both for what it says and what it doesn't. Hell hath no fury like a writer deprived."--Melvin Bukiet, ""Los Angeles Times Book Review"" ""Sweet and Low" is a wondrous evocation of an era and character types that won't be seen again."--Ron Grossman, "Chicago"" Tribune" "The book is not just about settling scores . . . Mr. Cohen aims higher, writing not only about his family but also about the first Jewish settlers in New York, the history of sugar, the dieting industry, the Food and Drug Administration and city politics, among other things. A contributing editor at "Rolling Stone," he's

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312426019
  • ISBN-10: 0312426011
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish Date: March 2007
  • Page Count: 272
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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