Young Rose Edelstein discovers—as she eats the lemon cake her mother has prepared for her ninth birthday—that she can discern the emotions of the people who have prepared her food just by tasting it. Aimee Bender’s second novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Doubleday, 2010), takes this fantastical premise and uses it to examine Aimee and her family. We watch her grow into an uneasy acceptance of this odd gift and struggle with what she can know and what she can barely understand about those she is closest to. The result, at least for this reader, is a haunting melancholy.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.