|Plot Summary of Potatoes are Cheaper|
|"This novel takes place during the Great Depression, poverty was ubiquitous and people constantly were searching for ways to become wealthy. When Morris Katz and his cousin Albert enter the University of Minnesota, their goal is to meet rich, Jewish women, have sex with them and marry them, insuring that they will be taken care of for the rest of their lives. The two young men are not brilliant thinkers, yet each has his skills: Albert is a former heavyweight with his own car (part Maytag) and Morris is a smooth talker with a cousin (Crip) who can write beautifully, erotic poetry with which to woo women.
The rest of the novel chronicles Morris' pursuit of Celeste (A.M. Zimmerman's daughter) and Bridget (a non-Jewish girl), Albert's woman troubles, and Morris' sister Libby's wedding. Other humorous moments come from the antics of Nettie and Gittle (Morris' aunts), Mr. Harwood, the freshman advisor, Sister Mary Frances, Bridget's guardian, and Jonathan, Libby's husband-to-be.
Samantha S., Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Potatoes are Cheaper|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kids growing up/acting up?
Inside culture (main char)
- story of the poor
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Age group of kid(s) in story:
- girl chasing
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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