Author Illustrator Extraordinaire Tamara Shopsin Launches the L.A. Debut of her Newest Memoir Arbitrary Stupid Goal

Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00 p.m.

We at Chevalier’s are highly stoked to be hosting the one-of-a-kind memoirist, cultural historian, and illustrator, Tamara Shopsin, who cooks and lives life as inimitably as she writes, all out of the beloved Greenwich Village eatery Shopsin’s, founded by her father. The author of four acclaimed books and a NY Times and New Yorker illustrator, Tamara will regale us with stories from her marvelous new memoir of 1970’s New York, Arbitrary Stupid Goal. Run, do not walk, to catch this at once dazzling and down-to-earth author, live, in captivity, at our humble venue, for a talk, reading, q&a, and signing.

ArbitraryStupidGoalIn Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin takes the reader on a pointillist time-travel trip to the Greenwich Village of her bohemian 1970s childhood, a funky, tight-knit small town in the big city, long before Sex and the City tours and luxury condos. The center of Tamara’s universe is Shopsin’s, her family’s legendary greasy spoon, aka “The Store,” run by her inimitable dad, Kenny—a loquacious, contrary, huge-hearted man who, aside from dishing up New York’s best egg salad on rye, is Village sheriff, philosopher, and fixer all at once. Filled with clever illustrations and witty, nostalgic photographs and graphics, and told in a sly, elliptical narrative that is both hilarious and endearing, Arbitrary Stupid Goal is an offbeat memory-book mosaic about the secrets of living an unconventional life, which is becoming a forgotten art.

“A warm evocation of a quirky life and exuberant times.”―Kirkus Reviews

“ A completely riveting world―when I looked up from its pages regular life seemed boring and safe and modern like one big iPhone. This book captures not just a lost New York but a whole lost way of life.”Miranda July

“Tamara Shopsin’s new memoir is hilarious. Just like the West Village itself, you zigzag along on a fun adventure never knowing who you are going to meet.”―Amy Sedaris

enjoy a whimsical book trailer here



Tamara Shopsin is a well-known cook at the distinctly New York City eatery Shopsin’s, a New York Times and New Yorker illustrator, and the author of 5 Year Diary and What Is This?, as well as the coauthor of This Equals That and Mumbai New York Scranton. She lives in New York City with her husband.



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