A woman flees her evangelical family to settle in quirky Venice Beach—but a homecoming awaits—in this glorious new novel by the author of The Hallelujah Side. Francine Ephesians Didwell has been living two separate lives: one with her evangelical, charismatic family, and another with her lover in a state of emancipation and rebellion. Now, after she loses the love of her life, a bereaved Francine relocates to Venice Beach, California, to start her life over. She struggles to make a living working as a masseuse and managing low-end properties, while gradually reconnecting with her family, whose estate lies just fifty miles inland. As this painfully hilarious novel progresses, moving back and forth between these two very different settings, Francine discovers she must confront the truth about her family’s dark secrets or lose herself in the suicidal world of drugs. But thanks to her good fortune, throughout her journey, she is assisted and supported by her other, found family: the yodeler, the sex worker, the local burglar who has taken up residence outside her window, and all the imperfect characters from the mean streets of Venice Beach. “Huffey’s empathy for her protagonist is tangible.” —Kirkus Reviews Acclaim for The Hallelujah Side “A funny, heart-warming novel . . . Remarkable . . . Poignantly humorous.” —Publishers Weekly “Brimming with humor and wisdom . . . An infinitely fascinating and memorable novel.” —Connie May Fowler, author of Remembering Blue
When Sir Harry Lauder left a concert on Deeside he was mystified that his kokes had not got the response received elsewhere. It perked him up when, from the spilling audience, he heard a voice say, apos;Fit a gran comic. It took me aa ma time nae ti lach.apos; The Humour of the North-east is found at less celebrated levels too. There is the tale of the middle-aged couple who had courted each other for almost thirty years, but had never got round to marriage. One day Jock decided to voice his thoughts on the matter, for he was worried that people were speaking about their phenomenally long relationship. apos;Jean,apos; Is it nae time the twaoapos;s were thinkinapos; aboot getting mairrit?apos; apos;Behave yersel, Jock,apos; said Jean. apos;Fa wid hae ony oapos;s noo?apos; The humour and dialect of the North-east forms a unique and hilarious blend. In this book, packed with anecdotes and stories covering childhood, work, love and marriage, the kirk, the school, old age and several others, Robbie Shepherd and Norman Harper provide a fascinating tour of the wit and wisdom of the North-east of Scotland.
This book, the third in the series, presents the best of the two previous volumes - A Dash oapos; Doric and Anither Dash oapos; Doric - as well as a whole range of new material, making it the best introduction to the wit and wisdom of the North-east of Scotland available.
Skip is a rescued dog who wants to matter. He loves living in a blissful pack with his human couple, John and Lucy, and he has bow-vowed never to lose them. But when John walks out after seven happy years, Skip and Lucy’s world is turned upside down. Skip is determined to guide Lucy through her identity crisis, but he’s guarding a secret: he’s to blame for the breakup and her broken heart. Now, with the help of a hoarder neighbor, a stray cat, and a boy with autism, Skip must build a new pack for himself and Lucy before she discovers his canine treason and kicks him to the curb.
"Superb ... an engaging story about a woman and her canine overcoming heartbreak as a pack." -Kirkus Reviews
"The plot is woven masterfully ... a must-read." -Readers' Favorite, 5-Star Seal
"Brilliant book!" -Net Galley Reviewer
Opening music by Zoetica Music, "Children Play" by permission of Zoetica Music. "I Want It That Way" reprinted by permission of Hal Leonard LLC (details in closing credits)
In this unique and hilarious debut memoir, writer and comedian Greg Mania chronicles life as a "pariah prodigy." From inadvertently coming out to his Polish immigrant parents, to immersing himself in the world of New York City nightlife, and finding himself and his voice in comedy. Born to Be Public is a vulnerable and poignant exploration of identity (and the rediscovery of it), mental health, sex and relationships, all while pursuing a passion with victories and tragicomic blunders. At once raw and relatable, Mania's one-of-a-kind voice will make you shed tears from laughter and find its way into your heart.
Quickly memorize the dirty words and off-color expressions not taught in any Spanish class.
Flashcards aren’t just for developing an SAT vocabulary. With Dirty Spanish Flashcards, readers can quickly master the bawdy Spanish terms never seen in a textbook. From casual greetings and cutting put-downs to explicit sex terms and filthy swear words, each flashcard presents a hip vocabulary word and example sentence on one side and an English definition on the reverse. It’s a fun and fast way to learn the real Spanish spoken daily on the streets of Latin America and Spain. This deck is designed for readers to master Spanish and engage people in a foreign language on an entirely new level. With phrases like “I’m plastered!” and “Let’s hit the clubs!”, readers will be making new friends in no time. In addition to pickup lines and insults, the deck contains other contemporary slang like globos, literally “globes” but which can also refer to a woman’s personal endowments; or malparido, which means “badly born,” but can be used to call someone an a**hole.
• Cool slang
• Funny insults
• Explicit sex terms
• Raw swear words
A laugh-out-loud memoir about a free-spirited Brooklyn girl who, after a whirlwind romance, finds herself living in a rickety farmhouse, pregnant, and faced with five months of doctor-prescribed bed rest because of unusually large fibroids.Aileen Weintraub has been running away from commitment her entire life, hopping from one job and one relationship to the next. When her father suddenly dies, she flees her Jewish Brooklyn community for the wilds of the country, where she unexpectedly falls in love with a man who knows a lot about produce, tractors, and how to take a person down in one jiu-jitsu move. Within months of saying "I do," she's pregnant, life is on track, and then wham! Her doctor slaps a high-risk label on her uterus and sends her to bed for five months. As her husband's farmhouse begins to collapse and her marriage starts to do the same, Weintraub finally confronts her grief for her father while fighting for the survival of her unborn baby. Will she stay or will she once again run away from it all? Knocked Down is an emotionally charged roller-coaster ride of survival and growth. It is a story about marriage, motherhood, and the risks we take.
Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This four-book series is among the best-reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. Booklist raved of the third book in the series, Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim: "[R]eaders can count on an ab-toning laugh session, a silly giggle, a sympathetic sigh, and a lump in the throat as life’s moments are rehashed through the keen eyes and wits of this lovable mother-daughter duo."This fourth volume, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, maintains the same sterling standard of humor and poignancy as Lisa and Francesca continue on the road of life, acquiring men and puppies. To be honest, Lisa is acquiring the puppies, while Francesca is lucky enough to have dates with actual men. They leave it to the listeners to decide which is more desirable and/or easier to train.A Macmillan Audio production.
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