Reeling with Laughter

American Film Comedies--from Anarchy to Mockumentary

Author: Michael Tueth

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810883678

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 217

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In this book, Tueth looks at some of the most enduring comic movies of all time. Beginning with the anarchic rompDuck Soup (1933), each chapter explores a specific sub-genre by examining a representative film. Tueth delves into the background of each film's production and discusses their audience reception and critical appraisal.
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Treasures Found: Devotion

Author: Dell Anne Hines Afzal

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1449795455

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 190

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The time is 1991, and the family has moved their matriarch from her treasured home of over five decades to small-town living USA. Two of the family’s daughters have recovered lost items from their grandmother’s attic lost for decades. The discovery leads the author on a journey to uncover their beginning—that of family. The treasures recovered that day will begin a journey back into time and offer a glimpse of a simpler and sweeter time and place. Travel back in time to meet two youngsters straight from the rural North Central Florida backwoods and witness their growth to adulthood, straight into a full and wonderful life of love, laughter, and devotion. The characters of these stories are true living characters of my own family and are much loved and respected. Witness a treasured letter from a successful businessman and much revered relative that contains a heartfelt thanks to a mentor. This letter would open the author’s heart, mind, and soul to discover her beginnings. The stories contained herein are lessons for those descendants left and hope they will know from whence they came.
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Running the Rift

Author: Naomi Benaron

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780740786

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Jean Patrick dreams of running in the Olympics, and with gruelling training he soon beats a world qualifying time. But his chances of success are threatened by the ethnic tensions erupting all around him. When Hutu violence against Tutsis finally crescendos and his homeland Rwanda is wracked by unforgivable atrocities, Jean Patrick, a Tutsi, has no choice but to run for his life abandoning fatherland, family, and the woman he loves. Finding them again will be the race of his life. Following a decade in Rwanda’s history through the eyes of one boy, Running the Rift is a wrenching tale of a people’s collective trauma, of lives lost, and loves salvaged.
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Not by Chance

A Poetic Celebration of God's Greatest Gifts

Author: Kori Moore

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 1606962957

Category: Poetry

Page: 299

View: 1915

Therefore, I dedicate my life to You, Your service, and Your dance. I love You, God, Creator of all, my being here isnt by chance. Your life on earth is not by chance, for the hand of the divine crafted your very being. His gentle breath blew life into you, and he directs your steps one at a time. Inspired by her Heavenly Father, author Kori Moore presents a collection of poetic inspiration, Not By Chance, reflecting on the beauty of spirit-filled life. From the beauty of the land to the grace of a forgiving God, Kori Moores poetry will encourage and inspire readers to look more closely and see that their existence as a beautiful child of God is Not By Chance.
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Don't Sleep With A Bubba: Unless Your Eggs Are In Wheelchairs

Author: Susan Reinhardt

Publisher: Kensington Books

ISBN: 0758282923

Category: Humor

Page: 336

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The Southern Belle's answer to David Sedaris. --Karin Gillespie "She's like a modern-day, southern-fried Erma Bombeck or Dave Barry."--Booklist Aimed at anyone with a funny bone, these all new stories and essays by Gannett-syndicated columnist Susan Reinhardt tackle domestic life, particularly of the Southern persuasion, with sidesplitting observations and searing confessions. Reinhardt candidly lets readers into her world as she goes mano a mano with her Bubba of a husband--and occasionally her mother. From discovering she's getting a dreaded "front fanny" to revealing her husband's experiments with a Norelco shaver and their Pomeranian pooch, Reinhardt scrapes bare the bedrock truth about married life and love. She also poignantly shares her struggles with a depression that secretly plunged her downward and her reaction to the unexpected helping hands that pulled her up. Totally uncensored and blisteringly honest, Reinhardt is all heart--and a storyteller to savor and remember. "So engaging. . .so honest. . .will make you laugh out loud."--The Asheville Citizen-Times "Like hanging out with your bluntest, most mischievous friend, the one who never fails to crack you up." --Chicago Sun-Times "Funny and touching. . .Reinhardt is not afraid to put it all out there."--The Pilot (N.C.) "Susan Reinhardt takes the naked, honest truth and sets it on fire in a blaze of laughter. . . will have you holding your sides the whole time." --Laurie Notaro, Autobiography of a Fat Girl "She can break your heart in one sentence and leave you laughing till you're breathless in the next." --Julie Cannon, True Love & Homegrown Tomatoes Susan Reinhardt is a syndicated columnist and feature writer whose work has appeared all over the world in major newspapers such as the Washington Post, London Daily Mirror, Newsday, and other Tribune Media and Gannett publications. Reinhardt has won dozens of awards for her writing, including several Best of Gannett honors and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. A long-time volunteer fund-raiser for Hospice, the United Way, the American Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, the PTO and other worthwhile and not so worthwhile causes, Reinhardt is also a proud member of the Not Quite Write Book Club, a group of ten women who drink wine and pretend to act literary. A true Daughter of the South, Susan Reinhardt was born in South Carolina, was raised in Georgia, and currently makes her home in Asheville, North Carolina, the jewel city of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She has two adorable children and still calls her mama every night.
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Saint Training

Author: Elizabeth Fixmer

Publisher: Zonderkidz

ISBN: 0310398061

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

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Mary Clare is on the lookout for a miracle. Mary Clare O’Brian is determined to be a saint when she grows up (the halo will help cover her frizzy hair). But lately none of her prayers seem to be working the way she wants them to: her mother is losing her faith, her parents can’t pay all the bills, and her brother receives a draft notice for the war in Vietnam. Mary Clare has a plan to help, but it just doesn’t seem to be working. How is she supposed to become a saint when her world is falling apart? Dear Mother Superior, My name is Mary Clare O'Brian and I am in sixth grade. I would like to join the convent right after 8th grade before I start liking boys too much. I’m already having problems with boys liking me. Gregory in my class throws spitballs at me and told my best friend he likes me. I haven’t told him that I want to be God’s bride yet. Do you think I should?
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

The Boy in the Oversized Smock

School Memories in Living Color

Author: Kwame Frimpon

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450077617

Category: Fiction

Page: 520

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This is the simple but powerful biographical story of Mensa. Mensa went to school under the colonial British educational system during the eventful post-independence years. The profession of his parents, who were both teachers, put him always on the move. But his problems of movement were compounded when the parents divorced. Eventually he ended up in boarding school, and he loved it to death because the alternative was a nonexistent home life. The novel captures his life from school to school, hopping from home to home. It is mostly about boarding school life interlaced with wicked humor. A parallel poignant story is the story of kids from broken homes, especially the one in which the woman plays the role of the vanished parent.
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The History of Pendennis

His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends and His Greatest Enemy

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

Publisher: N.A



Page: 524

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The Devil Delivered and Other Tales

Author: Steven Erikson

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1466803894

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Steven Erikson has carved a name for himself among the pantheon of great fantasy writers. But his masterful storytelling and prose style go beyond the awe-inspiring Malazan world. In The Devil Delivered and Other Tales, Erikson tells three different, but captivating stories: "The Devil Delivered" tells a story set within the near future, where the land owned by the great Lakota Nation blisters beneath an ozone hole the size of the Great Plains. As the natural world falls victim to its wrath, and scientists scramble to understand it, a lone anthropologist wanders the deadlands, recording observations that threaten to bring the entire world to its knees. "Revolvo" takes place in an alternate Earth where evolution took an interesting turn and the arts scene is ruled by technocrats who thrive in a secret, nepotistic society of granting agencies, bursaries, and peer-review boards, all designed to permit self-proclaimed artists to survive without an audience. "Fishin' with Grandma Matchie" is told in the voice a nine-year-old boy, writing the story of his summer vacation. What starts as a typical recount of a trip to see Grandma quickly becomes a stunning fantastical journey into imagination and perception in the wild world that Grandma Matchie inhabits. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Author: Ev Bishop

Publisher: Winding Path Books

ISBN: 1772650218

Category: Fiction

Page: 274

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Reeling: Book 6 River’s Sigh B & B
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With Love and Laughter, John Ritter

Author: Amy Yasbeck

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439150566

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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With Love and Laughter is actress Amy Yasbeck’s most enduring memory of the life she shared with her husband, John Ritter. He was one of America’s most popular and beloved film and television actors. We welcomed him into our homes weekly with his Emmy Award–winning portrayal of Jack Tripper on Three’s Company and his hit comedy 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. On September 11, 2003, John Ritter’s death from an undiagnosed aortic dissection, at the age of fifty-four, shocked and saddened not only his family and friends but also his millions of fans around the world. In this celebration of the life she shared with John, Yasbeck gives an emotionally honest account of navigating the shock and heartbreak of her family’s sudden loss. She honors his memory by recounting the lessons learned from her husband and his unique approach to life. She encourages us to enrich our own lives, as John did, by joyfully acknowledging our connectedness to one another. The tragedy of his untimely and avoidable death holds its own valuable lessons: life-saving ones. In 2007, John’s brother, Tom, empowered with the correct information about aortic aneurysm and dissection’s familial link, was properly diagnosed and his aneurysm was treated successfully. Knowing who is genetically at risk for this condition enables us all to avoid being blindsided by this insidious and often deadly disease. Here is an account of Yasbeck’s call to action for the public and medical community alike, culminating in the formation of the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health and the Ritter Rules. In this powerful memoir Amy Yasbeck shares her deeply personal and ultimately hopeful journey of surviving the devastating loss of her husband. Yasbeck looks back with anecdotes and memories from both John’s life and her own. Here are the unforgettable times she shared with a man who was adored for finding humor in everyday encounters, never failing to energize and entertain everyone around him. His philosophy was summed up by his favorite autograph for his fans, With Love and Laughter, John Ritter. Amy Yasbeck’s powerful story reminds us that love never dies . . . and the laughter doesn’t have to end. AMY YASBECK WITH LOVE AND LAUGHTER, John Ritter
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Reeling In Russia

An American Angler In Russia

Author: Fen Montaigne

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466852143

Category: Travel

Page: 275

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In the summer of 1996, award-winning journalist Fen Montaigne embarked on a hundred-day, seven-thousand-mile journey across Russia. Traveling with his fly rod, he began his trek in northwestern Russia on the Solovetsky Islands, a remote archipelago that was the birthplace of Stalin's gulag. He ended half a world away as he fished for steelhead trout on the Kamchatka Peninsula, on the shores of the Pacific. His tales of visiting these far-flung rivers are memorable, and at heart, Reeling in Russia is far more than a story of an angling journey. It is a humorous and moving account of his adventures in the madhouse that is Russia today, and a striking portrait that highlights the humanity and tribulations of its people. In the end, the reader is left with the memory of haunted northern landscapes, of vivid sunsets over distant rivers, of the crumbling remains of pre-Revolutionary estates, and a cast of dogged Russians struggling to build a life amid the rubble of the Communist regime.
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Farmer David

The Dunster Show

Author: Stuart Crane

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 1478748338

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 91

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Cherry Blossom Farm is snuggled in the hills near to the beautiful English village of Dunster in Somerset. Each year Farmer David and his wife Kaci enter both produce and farm animals in the prestigious Dunster Show, a huge summertime event that everyone enjoys! The hilarious antics of animals thrill the crowds of visitors and have them rolling and reeling with laughter. Trouble erupts in the Best Ram in Show competition when a huge, curly horned ram breaks away from his handler and charges wildly at the revelers in the Beer Tent. And why won’t Dougal the Rooster participate in the Crowing Cup competition? Cherry Blossom Farm’s prize-winning Henry-a-Bull becomes a hero in his competition, while Daisy, the ‘Jersey Gem,’ competes in the Best Milk Cow event. Sheepdog trials (and tribulations) bring screams of laughter as collies attempt to drive sheep into a pen—or a river! There are incredible happenings in the Show Jumping competition for the celebrated Dunster Hunt Cup, the crowds are stunned and amazed as horses and riders bravely attempt to jump the massive Red Brick Wall; the final outcome will leave everyone astounded! Readers of all ages can share in the fun and laughter of this wildly entertaining visit to the Dunster Show.
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Reeling Through Life

How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies

Author: Tara Ison

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 1619025140

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies looks at how film shapes identity. Through ten cleverly constructed essays, Ison explores how a lifetime of movie-watching has, for better or worse, taught her how to navigate the world and how to grapple with issues of career, family, faith, illness, sex, and love. Cinema is a universal cultural experience, one that floods our senses with images and sounds, a powerful force that influences our perspective on the world around us. Ison discusses the universal aspects of film as she makes them personal, looking at how certain films across time shaped and molded who she has become. Drawing on a wide ranging catalog of films, both cult and classic, popular and art-house, Reeling Through Life examines how cinema shapes our views on how to make love, how to deal with mental illness, how to be Jewish, how to be a woman, how to be a drunk, and how to die with style. Rather than being a means of escape or object of mere entertainment, Ison posits that cinema is a more engaging form of art, a way to slip into other identities and inhabit other realities. A way to orient oneself into the world. Reeling Though Life is a compelling look at one popular art form and how it has influenced our identities in provocative and important ways.
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Weeping Underwater Looks a lot Like Laughter

Author: Michael J. White

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101163291

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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"Smart, ironic prose...reminiscent of Dave Eggers." -Library Journal George Flynn is the new nobody at St. Pius High School, until he falls in with the enchanting Schell sisters. Emily, an aspiring actress, is the object of his infatuation. But there's something special about her quirky younger sister, Katie, who has her own crush on George, not to mention a scathing deadpan sense of humor in the face of multiple sclerosis. When an accident destroys their delicate balance, George and Emily find themselves searching for forgiveness yet losing each other. With no-holds-barred honesty and razor-sharp wit, Michael J. White's debut novel explores friendship, first love, and a young man's need to come of age without coming undone.
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Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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Walter Payton

Football's Sweetest Superstar

Author: Mike Towle

Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing

ISBN: 9781581824766

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 225

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Examines the life and career of legendary running back for the Chicago Bears, Walter Peyton, and contains a number of personal testimonies about him from former teammates and coaches, childhood and college friends, fans, business partners, and many others.
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Author: Stanley Crawford

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781945652950

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Set in the early 1990s, Village is a gentle, loving satire that explores a day in the life of the fictional Northern New Mexico village of San Marcos, through the points of view of a dozen colorful and eccentric characters: an aging mayordomo, the owners of the village store, the postmaster and his Spanish teacher wife, a teenager, two Anglo couples, a state water office attorney, a spinster weaver, a junkyard owner, a village tough, and the son of a funeral home owner. Besides the Hispanics and Anglos, the village itself, with its long history, is also a character, along with the timeless features, the fauna and flora, of the the narrow mountain valley on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Range. Thoughtful, beautiful and nostalgic, Village evokes a vivid portrait of the human condition.
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