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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim: Essays
David Sedaris
0316010790
May 2005
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It just isn’t fair: most of us would be lucky to be able to express ourselves in writing half as well as David Sedaris does in his new book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. But on top of his skills with the written word, the author also has substantial gifts as a performer, and he proves this on the audio version of the book. In his essay The Change in Me,Sedaris remembers that his mother was good at imitating people, and it’s clear that he takes after her. Whether he’s doing impressions of high-voiced brother Paul, or recalling times when he and his sisters tried to win good karma by speaking and acting like well-behaved, fairytale children, Sedaris’s nuanced performance hits the right note on both the opening, comedic stories, and the more poignant essays that tend to come later in...


Being Miss Behaved
Catharine Bramkamp
0595185703
June 2001
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It's the Miss Behaved experience that very organized, responsible, and dependable people secretly long to be irresponsible and artistic. Feckless and artistic people don't care. But the responsible person can become more Miss Behaved. In fact, it is quite possible to even get in touch with your inner Miss Behaved child. Just tell your inner child to stop jumping on the good couch and read these Miss Behaved essays that include: The manly man's guide to dance appreciation. What to expect when you enroll your children in beautiful, tasty, Camp Sugar Cereal. How to be the second wife without giving up the first husband. Why two-year-old children are never, ever, kidnapped. The Miss Behaved experience is fun, frivolous, feckless, and you will never look at the world the same way...


The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Bobby Henderson
0812976568
March 28, 2006
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From Scientific American
An elaborate spoof on Intelligent Design, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is neither too elaborate nor too spoofy to succeed in nailing the fallacies of ID. It's even wackier than Jonathan Swift's suggestion that the Irish eat their children as a way to keep them from being a burden, and it may offend just as many people, but Henderson, described elsewhere as a 25-year-old "out-of-work physics major," puts satire to the same serious use that Swift did. Oh, yes, it is very funny.

EDITORS OF SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

Book Description
CAN I GET A “RAMEN” FROM THE CONGREGATION?!

Behold the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), today’s fastest growing carbohydrate-based religion. According to church founder Bobby Henderson,...



Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim: Essays (Audiobook)
Written and Read by David Sedaris
1586215027
May 2004
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Book Review Audio Review
It just isn’t fair: most of us would be lucky to be able to express ourselves in writing half as well as David Sedaris does in his new book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. But on top of his skills with the written word, the author also has substantial gifts as a performer, and he proves this on the audio version of the book. In his essay The Change in Me,Sedaris remembers that his mother was good at imitating people, and it’s clear that he takes after her. Whether he’s doing impressions of high-voiced brother Paul, or recalling times when he and his sisters tried to win good karma by speaking and acting like well-behaved, fairytale children, Sedaris’s nuanced performance hits the right note on both the opening, comedic stories, and the more poignant essays that tend to come later in...


Humorous Essays and Other Tales
Louise Harper
1411604288
Jan 2004
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Truth Is Funnier Than Fiction
Nancie Hudson
141849366X
Sept 2004
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Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
David Sedaris
0316779423
June 1, 1995
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Book Review
A collection of stories and essays by humorist and NPR commentator David Sedaris based upon his own experiences and the hidden perversity that can be found in Anytown, U.S.A. Here are images and blasphemies that nice people don't dare look at--blatantly exposed and told with the clear, casual voice of intimate knowledge. Sedaris' humor is born of compassion and his tales range from the sharing of cheery Christmas letters featuring infanticide, to experiences of the Gay and Famous (Charlton Heston and Elizabeth Dole, for example), to the lives of siblings named Hope, Faith, Charity and Adolph and to alcoholics and chain smokers you can laugh with.

From Publishers Weekly
'Morning Edition' commentator Sedaris presents a satirical collection of stories about contemporary American...


Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim: Essays
David Sedaris
064172151X

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Holidays on Ice: Stories
David Sedaris
0316779237
November 1998
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Book Review
Holidays on Ice is a collection of three previously published stories matched with three newer ones, all, of course, on a Christmas theme. David Sedaris's darkly playful humor is another common thread through the book, worming its way through "Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" a chipper suburban Christmas letter that spirals dizzily out of control, and "Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol," a vicious theatrical review of children's Christmas pageants. As always, Sedaris's best work is his sharply observed nonfiction, notably in "Dinah, the Christmas Whore," the tale of a memorable Christmas during which the young Sedaris learns to see his family in a new light. Worth the price of the book alone is the hilarious "SantaLand Diaries," Sedaris's chronicle of his time working as an elf at Macy's, covering...


English Surnames
Mark Antony Lower
1417964154
Apr 2005
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Book Description
This Book Contains Both Volumes One and Two.


I'm Too Young To Be Seventy : And Other Delusions
Judith Viorst
0743267745
September 27, 2005
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Book Description
The beloved bestselling author of Forever Fifty and Suddenly Sixty now tackles the ins and outs of becoming a septuagenarian with her usual wry good humor.Fans of Judith Viorst's funny, touching, and wise poems about turning thirty, forty, fifty, and sixty will love this new volume for the woman who deeply believes she is too young to be seventy, "too young in my heart and my soul, if not in my thighs."Viorst explores, among the many other issues of this stage of life, the state of our sex lives and teeth, how we can stay married though thermostatically incompatible, and the joys of grandparenthood and shopping. Readers will nod with rueful recognition when she asks, "Am I required to think of myself as a basically shallow woman because I feel better when my hair looks good?," when she presses a few helpful...


Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays : Volume 2: 1891-1910 (Library of America)
Mark Twain
0940450739
October 15, 1992
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The Truth (with Jokes)
Al Franken
0525949062
October 2005
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Book Review
An Exclusive Video for The Truth (with jokes) from Al Franken We try to keep things civil in our customer review section, but Al Franken, who apparently trained at the Saturday Night Live school of conflict mediation, didn't get the message in this exclusive video for his book The Truth (with Jokes): see high bandwidth and low bandwidth versions. Please note: no Book Review customers were harmed in the making of this video.



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Al Franken's landmark bestseller, Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, was praised as a "bitterly funny assault" (The New York Times) that rang "with the moral clarity of an angel's trumpet" (Associated Press). Now, this master of political humor strikes again with a powerful and provocative message for...



The Thurber Carnival (Perennial Classics)
James Thurber
0060932872
October 1, 1999
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Book Review
After the chuckles and amidst the chortles, the first-time reader of The Thurber Carnival is bound to utter a discreetly voiced "Huh?" Like Cracker Jacks, there are surprises inside James Thurber's delicious 1945 smorgasbord of essays, stories, and sketches. This festival is, surprises and all, a collection of earlier collections (mostly), including, among others, gems from My World--and Welcome to It, Let Your Mind Alone!, and The Middle Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze. Needless to say, there are also numerous cartoons that, by themselves, are worth the price of admission. While redoubling Thurber's deserved reputation as a laugh-out-loud humorist and teller-of-gentle-tales, it reintroduces him as a thinker-of-thoughts. To wit: his 1933 "Preface to a Life," in which he observes himself while discussing "writers of light...


Don't Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, the Torments of Low Thread Count, the Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems
David Rakoff
0385510365
September 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
The title of this collection of humorous essays could also serve as a warning label for its readers. They'll want to stay on guard as GQ writer-at-large Rakoff (Fraud) skewers everything and everyone he encounters. His writing is at its best when trained on the pompous and ostentatious: flying on the Concorde or visiting an exclusive, $1,300-a-night resort off Belize. While attending the Paris couture shows, Rakoff reveals the silliness of the whole enterprise with quips about Karl Lagerfeld's pre–weight loss "large doughy rump" and the "dry spaghetti" of one model's hair. In another piece, a prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon tells Rakoff, "this is the Dark Ages" for cosmetic surgery (meaning that future generations will be amazed by the inevitable advances) before taking him into an examination room....


Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories : And Other Disasters
Jean Shepherd
0385116322
January 16, 1976
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For that small but populous slice of the world reachable by radio station WOR (New York City and environs), Jean Shepherd was once a nightly fixture, back in the days when radio talk didn't shock. On the air, he would tell tales of his Indiana boyhood, which he eventually refined enough to write down. Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories collects the stories that first appeared in magazines in the 1960s and '70s. For that slightly larger slice of the world that has seen the hysterical 1983 movie A Christmas Story, the book's characters and setting will be instantly recognizable: the film was cobbled together from Shepherd's stories. (One thing you have to say for the man, not only was he funny, but boy, could he recycle.)

Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories guides you through every...



Naked Pictures of Famous People
Jon Stewart
0688171621
October 1999
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Book Review
Sometimes it seems like every standup comedian worth his or her salt just has to do the book thing, and you might feel that yet another warmed-over stage routine is the last thing you need taking up valuable bookshelf space. Jon Stewart's book will come as an extremely pleasant surprise. He eschews the standard standup patter and instead gives us 18 short comic essays in a variety of styles that recall the prose work of Woody Allen, only with a few more references to genitals. Stewart proves himself a remarkably nimble humorist with a sharp eye for parody, whether he's writing "A Very Hanson Christmas" or "Adolf Hitler: The Larry King Interview."

HITLER: ...Larry, look, I was a bad guy. No question. I hate that Hitler. The yelling, the finger pointing, I don't know ... I was a very angry guy.

KING: And this ......



Not Tonight Honey: Wait till I'm a Size 6
Susan Reinhardt
0758211244
April 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Reinhardt slips Zoloft into her husband's tea for several weeks to cure him of an incessant need to clean and an overactive libido. She is matron of honor at her best friend's wedding—and ends up taking the minister's place when his colostomy bag malfunctions. She gives an interview while on bed rest due to irritable uterus syndrome and later winds up reading a headline on her "grumpy vagina." Obviously, syndicated newspaper columnist Reinhardt is the kind of woman who gets into endless scrapes, but she's as amused by them as readers are, and her book will appeal to lovers of the Sweet Potato Queens and Fanny Flagg. But there's another side to Reinhardt. Some of the essays in this collection are lyrical even as they pay tribute to old favorites: Southern women, pregnancy and motherhood. Most of all, the...


Humorous Beat: Actual Funny Police Stories
Bob Morrissey
0970756038
May 1, 2001
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Book Description
Thirty Nine actual funny police stories gathered during the authors thirty three years on the Toledo, Ohio Police Force. Police work is ongoing stress. It includes tense association with people who commit theft, murder and mayhem. It also includes the human duties of telling someone their loved ones have been maimed, killed, or arrested. Punctuating this bitterness are those precious humorous moments which make the job acceptable and keep an officer's sanity.

About the Author
A veteran of thirty three years on the Toledo Police Department, Bob Morrissey, tells how to cope with police stress by replacing the ugliness of the profession with humorous memories. Bob Morrissey has a Bachelor's Degree in Police Science from The University of Toledo, has taught Police Science at...


The David Sedaris Box Set [UNABRIDGED]
David Sedaris, et al
1586210823
November 2000
Audio Cassette
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Book Review
Star radio storyteller David Sedaris presents his collected works in one audio box set. The longest (at five hours) is his latest, Me Talk Pretty One Day, which contains two live performances from San Francisco. Welcome to a world where dogs outrank children, guitars have breasts, and Sedaris's fellow language-class students try to convey the concept of Easter to a Moroccan Muslim in their fledgling French (translated into English): "It is a party for the little boy of God," says one. "Then he be die one day on two ... morsels of ... lumber," says another. Sedaris is hilarious, and his Billie Holiday impression is amazing.

The three-hour, Christmas-themed Holidays on Ice is the gem of the collection. It has his greatest hit, "SantaLand Diaries," a chronicle of his stint as an elf at Macy's, covering everything from the...



The Worst Noel: Hellish Holiday Tales
Staff of HarperCollins Publishers (Compiler)
0060838116
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
While everyone has his or her own holiday nightmare-the overcooked turkey, the undercooked ham, the Santa who drank too much, the worst gift given or received-we still love hearing about other people's disasters. Mice eating up the lovingly home-baked tree ornaments; kids dragging you through the Christmas Loft Holiday Emporium's "holiday fumes-a cross between Pine-Sol, Atomic Fireballs, and clove cigarettes"; even "the Christmas I found out I wasn't Christian"-it's all so much fun when it's happening to someone else. After reading John Marchese's saga of a "dry serial church-going" Christmas with his born-again prospective in-laws, or Cynthia Kaplan's "Jew's Christmas in Vermont" with dead deer splattered all over the family car, our own holiday problems seem more manageable. About half the stories have a Jewish...


I'm with Stupid: One Man. One Woman. Ten thousand Years of Misunderstanding Between the Sexes Cleared Right Up
Gene Weingarten
0743244206
January 2004
Hardcover
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Dave Barry
Original, hilarious, brilliant...For women, it offers invaluable insights into meaningful communication in a relationship. For men: Fart jokes!

Fay Weldon
Very, very funny. And terrifyingly clever.

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Among the Mushrooms: Selected Stories from NPR's Bailey White [UNABRIDGED]
Bailey White
159040193X
January 9, 2002
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