These tales of everyday struggles and triumphs introduce Dave, owner of the Vinyl Cafe, a tiny record store, and his wife, Morley, and chronicle their valiant attempts to rise to the unpredictable challenges of modern life. In these hymns to common foibles and absurdities, nothing ever quite goes according to plan.
In the hands of internationally bestselling author Stuart McLean, host of the popular CBC Radio show The Vinyl Cafe and a master storyteller often compared to E. B. White and Garrison Keillor, Home from the Vinyl Cafe (A Year of Stories) captures the melodies of daily life and the harmonious sounds of pets, family, friends, and neighbors.
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Stuart McLean writes and hosts the popular CBC Radio show The Vinyl Cafe. He is the author of the bestselling books Vinyl Cafe Diaries, which won the short fiction award from the Canadian Authors Association; Welcome Home: Travels in Smalltown Canada, which con the CAA's award for nonfiction; Home from the Vinyl Cafe; and Vinyl Cafe Unplugged, both of which won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. He lives in Toronto, Canada.From 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
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