Welcome to the world of the Vinyl CafŽ. Meet Dave, the owner of the world's smallest record store. Meet his pal, Kenny Wong, who runs Wong's Scottish Meat Pies. Meet Dave's wife and their children who, along with everyone else in town, bump and stumble through a hilarious year of mistakes, miscues, misunderstandings, and muddle.
Whether it's the mystery of sending kids to camp, the dangers of putting up Christmas lights, or the potential for mayhem at the grocery store, in the hands of humorist and master storyteller Stuart McLean the chaotic melody of daily life is underscored by the harmonious sounds of family, friends, and neighbors.
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Stuart McLean writes and hosts the popular CBC Radio show The Vinyl CafŽ and is the author of the bestselling, award-winning books Vinyl CafŽ Diaries, Welcome Home: Travels in Smalltown Canada, and Vinyl CafŽ Unplugged. He lives in Toronto, Canada. Show website: cbc.ca/vinylcafeFrom Publishers Weekly:
Colloquial, interlocking stories chronicle the ups and downs of a suburban Toronto couple in this warm-hearted latest by Canadian author and broadcast personality McLean (Stories from the Vinyl Café). "Holland" considers the courtship and marriage of Dave, the owner of the eponymous record store, and his wife, Morley; early differences in perspective (she thinks eating raw onions is gross; he can't stand those frou-frou chive snippets in his eggs) lead them to a spontaneous skating trip to Holland to cement their romance. "Sourdough" concerns what happens when a neighbor asks Dave to baby-sit the starter for his precious sourdough bread; the sweet, charming "Burd" charts the consequences of Dave's decision to feed an unlikely avian visitor. Dave's daughter and niece enter the picture in subsequent stories, and McLean includes funny scenes about holiday dinners and road trips as well as poignant thoughts about the inevitable failing of Dave and Morley's parents. McLean's natural flair for storytelling helps overcome the limitations of the Lake Wobegonesque conceit, and while he reaches for overly cute, contrived humor in several entries, the overall package is highly enjoyable.
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Book Description Granta Books, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1862078564
Book Description Granta Books, 01.05.2006., 2006. Book Condition: Neu. Auflage: New edition. 262 Seiten neu, noch in Schutzfolie, Versand spätestens am nächsten Werktag 428576 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 210 19,2 x 13,0 x 2,2 cm, Taschenbuch. Bookseller Inventory # 122942