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Lillian Dunkle arrives in America in 1913, a penniless child immigrant abandoned by her family. A tough-talking survivor, she's taken in by an Italian ices peddler, and after learning the tricks of the trade, she goes on to start a small ice cream business with her husband Bert. Along they way, they accidentally invent soft-serve ice cream, and an empire is born. This entertaining narrator takes readers on a journey through the 20th century, from Prohibition to the fancy gourmet ice cream brands that upend the industry. Author Susan Jane Gilman joins us in studio.
Excerpted from the book The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman. Copyright © 2014 by Susan Jane Gilman. Reprinted by permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.
Plans by George Washington University to renovate the Corcoran Gallery of Art may be thrown for a loop after D.C.'s historic preservation board designated much of the interior of the building as a historic landmark.