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Home from the Vinyl Cafe : a year of stories

by McLean, Stuart, 1948-2017

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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ACLA Mobile Library Services Fiction Collection F MCLE
Location  ACLA Mobile Library Services
 
Collection  Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  F MCLE
 
 
Summary
Welcome to the world of the Vinyl Cafe. Meet Dave, the proud 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. Watch while they all bump and stumble through a hilarious year of mistakes, miscues, misunderstandings, and muddle.The adventures begin in December with Dave's disastrous yet inspired attempts to cook the family turkey. And they move through the seasons to the following Christmas's fiasco, when Dave accidentally spikes the kids' punch bowl at his neighbor's Christmas soiree.Home from the Vinyl Cafe also explores the tender awkwardness of first love, the challenges presented by a dying guinea pig, and the answer to the question of why a teenager would rather eat vegetables and clean his room than go on a family vacation.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.Warm, witty, and moving, these stories will walk right into your life and make themselves at home.
Contents
Dave cooks the turkey
Holland
Valentine's Day
Sourdough
Music lessons
"Be-Bop-A-Lula"
Burd
Emil
The birthday party
Driving lessons
Summer camp
Road trip
The pig
Labor days
School days
A day off
On the roof
Polly Anderson's Christmas party
The jockstrap.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "McLean is billed as the Canadian Garrison Keillor, as though Keillor weren't close enough to being Canadian himself. This folksy collection of stories follows a year in the life of Dave and Morley and their family. Christmas, summer camp, first dates, and other minutiae are covered in a warm and engaging manner. Dave is a typical sitcom father--doltish but well meaning. His long-suffering wife, Morley, has a little more depth as she tries to rejoin the workforce after years of raising children. Dave's realization of the fact that he is no longer young and Morley's attempts to help a homeless man are both touching. The stories are not complete or complex enough to stand on their own, but together they make for pleasant reading. --Marta Segal Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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 Caf?). "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. Agent, Melanie Jackson. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Canada -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,2005
Language English
Notes "The stories in this collection were previously published ... in either Stories from the Vinyl Cafe ... or Home from the Vinyl Cafe"--T.p. verso.
Description 262 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0743270002
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