Home From The Vinyl Cafe

Home From The Vinyl Cafe

A Year Of Stories

Book - 1998
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking, 1998.
ISBN: 9780143169703
9780140277432
9780143056034
0143056034
9780670882168
067088216X
Characteristics: 256 p. ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Vinyl Cafe (Radio program)

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NickCR
Apr 26, 2010

This is the first book of Vinyl Cafe stories I have read. They didn't make me laugh as much as they do when I hear Stuart McLean read them aloud on the radio. I realized this when he read the story "Piano Lessons" on the radio about a week after I had read it in the book. I found the stories get funnier as the book goes on. All in all a good read that will make you feel good. McLean knows how to touch a Canadian's soft spots.

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