Home from the Vinyl Cafe: A Year of Stories

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Simon & Schuster, 2005 - Fiction - 262 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Karin7 - LibraryThing

Stuart McLean is brilliant, and while I'm rating the print book, his stories are best when you hear him read them. Some are poignant, some hilarious. I have read this book, but have heard more stories than this. Read full review

HOME FROM THE VINYL CAFE: A Year of Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Amusing domestic tales from the guy's viewpoint by a Canadian Garrison Keillor. The central figure in these 19 stories is Dave, a former rock-band road manager who now runs a tiny record shop called ... Read full review

Contents

WINTER
3
SPRING
62
SUMMER
135
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Stuart McLean is a radio broadcaster, humourist and author, best known as the host of the CBC Radio program The Vinyl Café. McLean was educated at Lower Canada College in Montreal and graduated from Sir George Williams University with a B.A. degree in 1971. McLean's books of stories from The Vinyl Cafe have won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour three times. McLean retired in 2004 as a professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto. Since 1998, Stuart McLean has taken The Vinyl Cafe on the road to theatres across Canada and the United States. The Vinyl Cafe is broadcast every weekend on CBC Radio and is also heard via satellite radio around the world and on public radio stations in the US, as well as a weekly podcast.

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