Home from the Vinyl Cafe: A Year of Stories

by Stuart McLean | Humor | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0743270002 Global Overview for this book
Registered by alsgal of Lewes, Delaware USA on 8/18/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by alsgal from Lewes, Delaware USA on Friday, August 18, 2006
From Publishers Weekly
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 Café). "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.

Journal Entry 2 by alsgal at Lewes, Delaware USA on Friday, November 9, 2012
A quick and entertaining read. All the members of this family provide entertainment.

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