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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant

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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781608198061
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 6th, 2014

This graphic novel provides a first-hand look at the awkward initial conversations with aging parents about disability, assisted living, and death and takes the reader through the struggle to come to terms with the parent-child relationship after the parents are gone. While the specifics of Chast’s story are personal, the journey is universal, and the overall feeling from reading Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant is that of having a good friend nearby during this difficult time of life.

Porter Square Book Club


Hyperbole and a Half

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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781451666175
Availability: In Stock-Click Title to See Store Inventory
Published: Gallery Books - October 29th, 2013

For fans of the wildly popular blog of the same name, this book needs no introduction. For ones that haven't heard of it, take notice! Alie Brosh combines naive art with an expert eye for perspective and expression, with hilarious, hyper-personal observations.  There may be many blogs-cum-books out there, but this is certainly the most successful this year.

Jill


Schottenfreude

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Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399166709
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Blue Rider Press - October 31st, 2013

The first German word I learned was "feurzeug" ("fire" + "thing"). Keeping in this vein, Scottenfreude combines real German words to artfully create a dictionary of heretofore inexpressable feelings and experiences in English. The perfect gift for language lovers, trivia buffs, design nerds, and even Deutschsprachiger.

Jill


I Could Chew on This

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I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs (Animal Lovers book, Gift book, Humor poetry) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781452119038
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Chronicle Books - July 30th, 2013

This is the book I wrote for you

Instead of sniffing trees and posts and butts or eating litter

Too busy to chase the cat and chew

The leg of your new coffee table - so good

I wrote this book to show my love for you When you were out the house

I put my time to use and hope

My poetry and book sales will earn me Lots of bacon.

 

Momo the Disco Corgi


Pineapple Grenade

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Pineapple Grenade: A Novel (Serge Storms #15) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061876936
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 10th, 2012

Like Carl Hiaasen, Dorsey is a native Floridian and a newsman (so he knows the way things really work under the surface).  He expresses his rage at the rampant degradation of his state with wicked, absolutely berserk humor.  Like Hiaasen dialed up to 10.

Gary


Moranthology

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$14.99
It's Complicated--Contact Us for More Information
ISBN: 9780062258533
Published: Harper Perennial - November 6th, 2012

Wunderkind UK Times columnist, Caitlin Moran, tackles burkhas and library closings, Lady Gaga, the Royal wedding, the TV series Sherlock, and the joys of Aberystwyth (can't explain, please just read).  Chatty, original, humorous but with also the canny ability to hit the nail on the head when no one else dare, she is likely to become your new best friend.  For more, see How To Be a Woman which is her memoir slash feminist treatise for todays' young women.

Susannah


The Emily Dickinson Reader

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The Emily Dickinson Reader: An English-To-English Translation of Emily Dickinson's Complete Poems Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9781936365982
Published: McSweeney's - August 14th, 2012

More than just a clever joke, The Emily Dickinson Reader is an insightful look at Emily Dickinson’s work and a wise work of poetry its own right. Through his “translations,” Legault reveals a darker and funnier Dickinson than we might have assumed, while creating a strange synthesis work shining with its own kind of brilliance. This is how he translates poem 432 ““I cannot write people back to life. As hard as I might try. And I do. Furiously. Like a wizard. Or a grammarian.”

Josh


Comfort Me with Offal

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Comfort Me with Offal: Ruth Bourdain's Guide to Gastronomy Cover Image
$19.99
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ISBN: 9781449427481
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 4th, 2012

The elusive Ruth Bourdain, the popular Twitter mash-up satirist, has left the 140-character world for a lengthier version of her hilarious take on the food world. She skewers food memoirs, food trends, and celebrity chefs. Perfect for all the foodies out there and anyone who appreciates more than a dollop of sarcasm.


Carol


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