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THE STORY: In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funera
Having run a successful pet funeral business for some time, Ernie hires Swimming Pool to assist him, yet when he refuses to give her the raise she deserves, Swimming Pool sets up her own business that operates in direct competition with her former boss.
With her trademark humor and warmth, the beloved author of The Ladies' Man and The Inn at Lake Devine explores going home again; about finding light in the dark corners of one's inhospitable past; about love, golf, and DNA. Everyone in King George, New Hampshire, loved Margaret Batten, part-time amateur actress, full-time wallflower, and single mother to a now-distant daughter, Sunny. But accidents happen. The death of Margaret, side by side with her putative fiancé, brings Sunny back to the scene of the unhappy adolescence she thought she’d left behind. Reentry is to be dreaded; there’s no hiding in a town with one diner, one doctor, one stop sign, one motel. Yet allies surface; even high school tormentors have grown up in unforeseen and gratifying ways. Just possibly, Sunny begins to think, she wasn’t as beleaguered as she felt she was. And maybe her mother’s life was richer than anyone suspected. Add to the mix a chief of police whose interest in Sunny exceeds his civic duty, and you have the makings of an irresistibly beguiling tale from an author who writes with all the wit and wry authority of a latter-day Jane Austen.
The collection of a lifetime from the bestselling novelist and poet. By turns moving, playful and wise, the poems gathered in Dearly are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in transition, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment. Before she became one of the world's most important and loved novelists, Atwood was a poet. Dearly is her first collection in over a decade. It brings together many of her most recognizable and celebrated themes, but distilled - from minutely perfect descriptions of the natural world to startlingly witty encounters with aliens, from pressing political issues to myth and legend. It is a pure Atwood delight, and long-term readers and new fans alike will treasure its insight, empathy and humour.
In the year 2195 when society is technologically advanced but follows the social mores of Victorian England, orphaned Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering, social-climbing aunt, until she is nearly kidnapped by zombies.
In Thurber's world, sex is less a quest for pleasure or an expression of love than it is the retardation of emotion. And this is where Thurber makes her mark as an artist: She shows us how some parents would rather keep their offspring in their muck than Quirky and original, Lucy Thurber's STAY confirms the talent that the playwright demonstrated a few years back in the equally brilliant Where We're Born. But while her previous play was grounded in a rugged naturalism, STAY sparkles with magic and surrea
Wearing a hideous floral-print bridesmaid dress to please her cousin Jillian, Abby Knight, owner of Bloomers Flower Shop, stumbles upon the body of Jack Snyder, a wedding guest, while searching for the groom's missing ninety-year-old grandmother. Original.
A sequel to Dearly, Departed finds New London in the year 2196 overrun by political and social tensions from the advent of the "civilized" undead, where Nora and Bram are once again forced to take control of their own destinies in the face of changing loyalties.
A down-to-earth yet spiritually grounded guide that helps couples of all ages to sort out their financial, social, familial, and religious priorities with an experienced priest before their relatives and wedding planners take over. Perceptively and with a light touch, MacBeth covers: Why have a church wedding? What does the service mean? How do you deal with family expectations? Why is everyone driving you crazy? How do you make a wedding into a worship service? The final chapter focuses on non-traditional couples including divorced couples, couples of differing ages, blended families, widows and widowers, same-sex couples, elderly couples, and interfaith couples.