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  • Author:
    Buday, Grant
    Summary:

    Finalist, City of Vancouver Book Prize.

    A blackly comic new novel from Vancouver author Grant Buday, based on his eight glorious years working in a mass production bakery. Dickensian in magnitude, White Lung is a sardonic portrait of B.C.’s racial conflicts and chaotic economy.

    Praise for White Lung: "a rollicking black comedy of errors with a host of unforgettable characters" (Quill & Quire, starred review) "rarely has there been a novel as astute about life on the punch clock" (The Globe and Mail) "mordantly funny" (The National Post)

  • Author:
    Evans, Lissa
    Summary:

    It's late 1944. Hitler's rockets are raining down on London with vicious regularity and it's the coldest winter in living memory. In a large house next to Hampstead Heath, Vee Sedge is barely scraping by with a herd of lodgers to feed and her young charge Noel, almost fifteen now, to clothe and educate. When she witnesses an accident and finds herself in court, the repercussions are both unexpectedly marvelous and potentially disastrous. Because Vee is not actually the person she's pretending to be, and neither is Noel. Victory is coming. Yet the end of the war won't just mean peace, but discovery.

  • Author:
    Evanovich, Janet
    Summary:

    Stephanie Plum's career has taken more wrong turns than a student driver on the Jersey Turnpike, and her love life is a hopeless tangle. In order to save someone dear to her, she'll have to straighten things out in Twisted Twenty-Six the latest, novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich. Grandma Mazur is a widow...again. This time her marriage lasted a whole 45 minutes. The unlucky groom was one Jimmy Rosolli, local gangster, lothario (senior division) and heart attack waiting to happen...well, the waiting's over. It's a sad day, but if she can't have Jimmy at least Grandma can have all the attention she wants as the dutiful widow. But some kinds of attention are not welcomed, particularly when Jimmy's former "business partners" are convinced that his widow is keeping the keys to their financial success for herself. As someone who has spent an entire career finding bad guys, a set of missing keys should be no challenge for Stephanie Plum. Problem is, the facts are as twisted as a boardwalk pretzel with mustard.

  • Author:
    Kulbak, Moshe
    Summary:

    This is the first complete English-language translation of a classic of Yiddish literature, one of the great comic novels of the 20th century. The Zelmenyaners describes the travails of a Jewish family in Minsk that is torn asunder by the new Soviet reality. Four generations are depicted in riveting and often uproarious detail as they face the profound changes brought on by the demands of the Soviet regime and its collectivist, radical secularism. The resultant intergenerational showdowns - including disputes over the introduction of electricity, radio, or electric trolley - are rendered with humor, pathos, and a finely controlled satiric pen. Moyshe Kulbak, a contemporary of the Soviet Jewish writer Isaac Babel, picks up where Sholem Aleichem left off a generation before, exploring in this book the transformation of Jewish life.

  • Author:
    Flagg, Fannie
    Summary:

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ; A heartwarming novel about secrets of youth rediscovered, hometown memories, and the magical moments in ordinary lives, from the beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe “A gift, a blessing and a triumph ... celebrates the bonds of family and friends—and the possibilities of recovery and renewal.”— The Free Lance–Star Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop with his mother, Ruth, church-going and proper, and his Aunt Idgie, the fun-loving hell-raiser. Together they ran the town’s popular Whistle Stop Cafe, known far and wide for its fun and famous fried green tomatoes. And as Bud often said of his childhood to his daughter Ruthie, “How lucky can you get?” But sadly, as the railroad yards shut down and Whistle Stop became a ghost town, nothing was left but boarded-up buildings and memories of a happier time. Then one day, Bud decides to take one last trip, just to see what has become of his beloved Whistle Stop. In so doing, he discovers new friends, as well as surprises about Idgie’s life, about Ninny Threadgoode and other beloved Fannie Flagg characters, and about the town itself. He also sets off a series of events, both touching and inspiring, which change his life and the lives of his daughter and many others. Could these events all be just coincidences? Or something else? And can you really go home again?

  • Author:
    Handey, Jack
    Summary:

    The reliably unreliable narrator Jack Handey and his friend, Don--who might be familiar to fans of "Deep Thoughts"--go on a quest for the Golden Monkey that takes them into the mysterious and stinky foreign land of Honolulu. There, they meet with untold dangers, strange natives, and the ruins of ancient civilizations.

  • Author:
    Hofmann, Jennifer
    Summary:

    On the day the Berlin Wall falls, Stasi officer Bernd Zeiger's betrayal of his onetime friend has come back to haunt Zeiger. Was Lara the naïf she presented herself to be, or did she know more about him than she admitted? As the surveiller becomes the surveilled, all will be revealed, with shocking consequences.

  • Author:
    Tregebov, Michael
    Summary:

    Failures in business and marriage tip poor Mooney into a spell in a psychiatric ward. But he has the great fortune of befriending an Indian seer, one of his pals from the casino where Mooney hangs out, who promises to put Mooney's life back together. Dennis is no ordinary Indian seer. For one thing, he's a rez Indian, from right around Winnipeg, just like Mooney. For another, he's a stock picker, and what he sees coming, in the spring of 2008, is the sub-prime mortgage meltdown. So he puts together a consortium of himself, Mooney, and a bunch of Mooney's pals from the world of North End Winnipeg, to pool their savings in a short-selling scheme to cash in on the coming crash. But the so-called "Eisenteeth syndicate" isn't just betting against the market. Mooney and his pals are betting against Mooney's brother Dave: crude, ignorant, maddeningly successful, whose oafish touch turns every business venture into gold. Did we mention their mother has something to say about all this?

  • Author:
    Simsion, Graeme
    Summary:

    Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they're about to face their most important project. Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn't fitting in with the other kids. Meanwhile, Rosie is battling Judas at work, and Don is in hot water after the Genetics Lecture Outrage. The life-contentment graph, recently at its highest point, is curving downwards. For Don Tillman, geneticist and World's Best Problem-Solver, learning to be a good parent as well as a good partner will require the help of friends old and new. It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world, and grappling with awkward truths about his own identity. And opening a cocktail bar.

  • Author:
    Jonasson, Jonas
    Summary:

    On June 14, 2007, the king and prime minister of Sweden went missing. Later it was said that both had fallen ill. The truth is different. The real story begins much earlier, with the birth of Nombeko Mayeki in a shack in South Africa, a woman who will hold the fate of the world in the palm of her hands.

  • Author:
    Campbell, Melodie
    Summary:

    Follow along as reluctant mob goddaughter Gina Gallo gets dragged into one wild scheme after another by her bumbling mob family that never gets it right. This digital bundle includes the entire Gina Gallo Mystery series: The Goddaughter, The Goddaughter's Revenge (winner of the Arthur Ellis and Derringer Awards), The Artful Goddaughter, The Goddaughter Caper, The Bootlegger's Goddaughter and The Goddaughter Does Vegas."Campbell's comic caper is just right for Janet Evanovich fans. Wacky family connections and snappy dialog make it impossible not to laugh." —Library Journal"The finest compact mystery series out there. The writing is polished, the funny bits sneak up on you and you've been had then had again before there's time to recover...A miniature gem, the work of an author at the absolute top of her game." —Canadian Mystery Reviews"Delivers a lot of tongue-in-cheek one-liners and a type of slapstick comedy one might expect in some mobster movies...Give this to readers who enjoy a deliciously funny tale." —VOYA

  • Author:
    Andrews, Donna
    Summary:

    ** An AudioFile Earphones Award-winning production. ** New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews returns with another Meg Langslow mystery written "firmly in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie's Christmas books" ( Toronto Globe and Mail ). The 28th audiobook and the seventh Christmas mystery in the Meg Langslow series, The Gift of the Magpie is yet another wonderfully merry and funny book from New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews. Meg's running Caerphilly's Helping Hands for the Holidays project, in which neighbors help each other with things they can't do and can't afford to have done. Her hopes for a relatively peaceful (if busy) Christmas vanish when someone murders Harvey the Hoarder, whose house the Helping Hands were decluttering. Was there any truth to the rumor that he had something valuable hidden beneath all his junk? Was one of his friends, neighbors, or relatives greedy enough to murder him for the rumored treasure? And what about the magpie that has been bringing her family bits of tinsel and costume jewelry—does the bird's latest gift hold a clue to solving the crime? Full of intrigue, this Christmas mystery will take readers home to Caerphilly, where the suspense falls as thick as the snow. A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

  • Author:
    Henderson, Julietta
    Summary:

    Twelve-year-old Norman Foreman and his best friend, Jax, are a legendary comedic duo in waiting. But when Jax dies, Norman decides the only fitting tribute is to perform by himself. The problem is, Norman's not the funny one. Jax was. There's also another, far more colossal objective on Norman's new plan, that his single mom, Sadie, wasn't ready for: he wants to find the father he's never known.

  • Author:
    Andrews, Donna
    Summary:

    A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Terns of Endearment. When Meg's grandmother Cordelia hosts a Renaissance Faire at her craft center, the whole family is put to work: Meg handles the blacksmithing, Michael and the boys will be performing, and no one misses the opportunity to dress up in full regalia. More exciting to Grandfather is the pair of rare falcons he discovers breeding at the fairgrounds. Concerned for their well-being amid all the activity, he appoints himself their protector. When one of the actors performing at the fair is found dead—an actor suspected of mistreating one of the falcons, among other sins—Grandfather is a prime suspect. Donna Andrews's long-running Meg Langslow series continues to be beloved by its fans, who loyally read—or listento—every new installment. The Falcon Always Wings Twice is a perfect new addition, full of laughter, adventure, and Andrews's wonderful cast of wacky characters.

  • Author:
    Hingston, Michael
    Summary:

    The Peak: a university student newspaper with a hard-hitting mix of inflammatory editorials, hastily thrown-together comics and reviews, and a news section run the only way self-taught journalists know how—sloppily. Alex and Tracy are two of The Peak's editors, staring down graduation and struggling to keep the paper relevant to an increasingly indifferent student body. But trouble looms large when a big-money free daily comes to the west-coast campus, threatening to swallow what remains of their readership whole. It’ll take the scoop of a lifetime to save their beloved campus rag. An exposé about the mysterious filmed-on-campus viral video? Some good old-fashioned libel? Or what about that fallen Hollywood star, the one who’s just announced he's returning to Simon Fraser University to finish his degree? With savage wit, intoxicating energy, and a fine-tuned ear for the absurd, Michael Hingston drags the campus novel, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century.

  • Author:
    Harbison, Elizabeth M.
    Summary:

    A story about the secrets we keep, the friends we make, and the food we cook.

  • Author:
    Mcdonald, Gregory
    Summary:

    Someone is looking to wreck the nation's economy, and they're spending a lot of money to do it. With every lead going nowhere, Flynn's most dizzying logic is put to the test.

  • Author:
    Harper, Charise Mericle
    Summary:

    Sometimes school can be scary and even embarrassing, but not today. Today is Birdie's birthday, and everything will be perfect! Birdie's panda-riffic cupcakes are beautiful, and there's one for everyone. She will be the star of the class. But then . . . disaster! A trip and fall on the way to school means no more cupcakes! Who can save the day? Who can make the class smile again? This is a job for Birdie's alter ego . . . the Amazing Crafty Cat! After a quick transformation, Birdie is ready. She's not afraid of sticky paws or paper cuts. She's not afraid of anything, even Anya, the class bully. It's time to get crafting! Includes fun and simple instructions for do-it-yourself crafting activities.

  • Author:
    Bowman, Bonnie
    Summary:

    Best of 2010 Pick, Uptown Magazine.

    Meet Walter Finch, an ungainly kid who survives his cloying suburban childhood to make it only as far as the local mall, where he rises through the ranks to become manager of a shoe store. Unlike his other childhood friends who either flee suburbia or remain as resigned fixtures, Walter is content with his lot and finds the shoe store an ideal environment in which to pursue his grand ambition: designing the perfect woman’s shoe. As he delves further into his passion, alone in his apartment at night, Walter comes to believe that his path will ultimately lead him to the perfect foot to fit his creation. On an all-consuming mission to find his princess, Walter is plunged into a separate reality, his own fairytale. As things spin steadily out of control, Walter’s eventual salvation arrives in an unlikely form, should he choose to recognize and accept it.

    Praise for Spaz: “Spaz really is terrific. Bowman demystifies the aberrant. As in her debut novel, Skin (which I loved when I read it a decade ago), her themes are ugliness and beauty and how the body is the engine for desire. If that makes Spaz seem too serious, don’t worry. It’s jolly fun.”(Uptown Magazine) “Shoes have played a pivotal role in many lives, from Achilles’ poorly considered open-back sandals to O.J.’s Bruno Maglis, and so it is with Walter Finch—two pairs set his life spinning (or more precisely, rolling and bobbing) on its strange and hugely readable path: a pair of orthopedic brogues as a youth, and a pair of red satin pumps with ice pick heels somewhat later. Deformity and fetishism: Bonnie Bowman has a keen eye for the weird within the everyday, and her fondly satirical characterizations are of a piece with those of David Foster Wallace, John Kennedy Toole, Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut.” (John Armstrong author of Guilty of Everything and Wages) “In this sly story of a misfit visionary, Bowman assembles a beguiling cast of characters, striking a perfect balance between the completely outrageous and the completely true-to-life. This is a novel that never stops entertaining.” (Lynn Coady, author of Mean Boy and Strange Heaven)

  • Author:
    Millis, Chris
    Summary:

    Grand Prize Winner, 23rd Annual International 3-Day Novel-Writing Contest. Now a Major Motion Picture from Sony Entertainment Directed by Grammy Award winner Jonas Akerlund.

    Often drawing comparison to comic classics like John Kennedy Toole’s Confederacy of Dunces and Charles Portis’s The Dog of the South, Small Apartments follows the misadventures of corpulent misanthrope, Franklin Franklin, as he tries to dispose of his dead landlord. Surrounded by quirky neighbours, strange fingernail collections, and the occasional blast from a treasured alphorn, Franklin slowly discovers that our lives are much more than the stories we tell ourselves. In fact, true happiness might just be a state of mind. The underground cult hit that won the Grand Prize in the 23rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Writing Contest is now a major motion picture from Sony Entertainment directed by Grammy Award winner Jonas Akerlund and starring the most refreshingly offbeat cast ever assembled for a dark indie comedy.

    Praise for Small Apartments: “brisk and compact … surprisingly expansive thematic breadth, a thoughtful, silly yet serious study in goofy pathos.” (The Globe and Mail) “Small Apartments was written in three days and won the 3-Day Novel Contest. People take three years to write something this well thought out. The reason for me to do the movie was the story and the character.” (Billy Crystal) “Something very unique. Absurd and irreverent. Sometimes we have too much time to think. Just go into the madness and play.” (James Marsden)

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