I researched the Park Slope Food Coop and the New York Times “exposé about certain members sending their nannies to do their shifts” (96). It’s real. Here is the link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/nyregion/18coop.html?mcubz=3. There were also a slew of responses, such as this one from a former Coop member: https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/praise-from-afar-for-the-park-slope-food-co-op/?mcubz=3 – check out the comments at the bottom, too.
Both pieces discuss the ethical issues surrounding the Coop that Lerner contemplates in the novel. The woman talking about her son’s education performs the elitism the Times criticizes, and also introduces “a new biopolitical vocabulary for expressing racial and class anxiety” (97). This might be useful in our Big Question concerning new conceptions of Americanness, identity, and morality in a globalized world.