Jonathan Santlofer – The Widower’s Notebook: A Memoir

The word "Joy" has always meant so much to me -- and so I feel a special connection to Jonathan Santlofer  because his wife's name was Joy. Jonathan has been a guest on Joy on Paper several times and it was an honor to have him back on the program to talk about his latest book, The Widower's Notebook. It is a very heartwarming and lovely tribute to his wife, Joy Santlofer, a wife, a mother and the talented author of Food City.

There is healing in remembering and in sharing life's difficult moments. As always, Jonathan has written a compelling book. 

Jonathan is the creator and editor of the powerful anthology  It Occurs to Me That I Am America New Stories and Art, which features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors—including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child—with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen


"Wrenching, heartbreaking, intense and emotional - but valuable, too: we're all approaching the age where this will happen to us - or to others because of us - and understanding that it can be dealt with is consoling.  I don't know how Santlofer found the fortitude to write this, but I'm deeply grateful he did. I think the world is a better place with this book in it."—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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Food City by Joy Santlofer is a must have book for every author -- and for anyone who loves to eat!

A 2017 James Beard Award Nominee, Food City is fascinating. You will find yourself reading this book over and over. For any writer who wants to give some depth to their writing, this is an 'essential' book for your reference shelf. For people who just love to eat, Joy's wide ranging topics will give you something to chew on -- like a Twizzler that goes on and on.



Joy Santlofer was a brilliant food historian and her love for New York City makes this book delightfully charming. She captures NYC through four hundred years of food history--from the sound of piggeries where Tiffany now stands to the birth of Chiclets to the wonders of chocolate-covered matzoh.

“Gulden’s Mustard, Domino’s sugar, Nabisco cookies, and Black Jack Gum: Who knew these got their start right in the middle of New York City? Joy Santlofer’s Food City relates in captivating detail how politics and personalities, as well as global networks of food supply and provisioning, shaped the often haphazard and chaotic provisioning of this dense urban metropolis”
Amy Bentley, editor of Food, Culture & Society


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I have been a great fan of Jonathan's work since I first read The Murder Notebook, which features Nate Rodriguez, a forensic sketch artist. This is the second book in the series.

Jonathan is a very talented artists and he uses his knowledge of the art world -- and New York City -- in a series that features Kate McKinnon, a former NYPD cop who traded in her badge for a Ph.D in art history. 

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