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Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz - Second book in this funny new series. (February 2009)

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips - The Greek gods are alive, sharing a London house and wreaking inadvertent havoc on mortals in this hilarious debut. The 12 gods of Olympus are alive and well in the 21st century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse -- and none too happy about it. And they've had to get day jobs. Even more disturbing, their powers are waning.(December 2008) author page

What I Was by Meg Rosoff - As the book opens, the 16-year-old narrator—unnamed until the final pages—is entering his third prep school in as many years. (December 2008)

The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland - Roger is a divorced, middle-aged “aisles associate” at Staples, condemned to restocking reams of 20-lb. bond paper for the rest of his life. Roger’s co-worker Bethany, is in her early twenties and at the end of her Goth phase, who is looking at fifty more years of sorting the red pens from the blue in aisle 6. One day, Bethany discovers Roger’s notebook in the staff room. When she opens it up, she discovers that this old guy she’s never considered as quite human is writing mock diary entries pretending to be her: and, spookily, he is getting her right. (October 2008) author page

Mere Anarchy by Woody Allen - A collection of 18 sketches, 10 of which appeared in the New Yorker, and is Allen's first in 25 years. (October 2008)

The Chess Machine by Robert Lohr - Based on a true story, The Chess Machine is the breathtaking historical adventure of a legendary invention that astounded all who crossed its path. (September 2008)

Mr. Sebastian and The Negro Magician by Daniel Wallace - From the author of Big Fish comes this haunting, tender story that weaves a tragic secret, a mysterious meeting with the Devil, and a family of charming circus freaks recounting the extraordinary adventures of their friend Henry Walker, the Negro Magician.  (July 2008) author page

Edward Trencom's Nose by Giles Milton - Situated on London’s Foster Lane, there is a quintessentially Georgian, redbrick house with a green door bearing the sign trencoms, 1662.  It’s the home of the Trencom family’s cheese store, a generational establishment begun by Humphrey Trencom that now, 303 years later, is run by Edward Trencom.  Quaint though it may seem, it bears witness to a strange occurrence of “accidents” that seem to befall every generation of the curd-loving family.… (June 2008) author page

Boomsday by Christopher Buckley - Outraged over the mounting Social Security debt, Cassandra Devine, a charismatic 29-year-old blogger and member of Generation Whatever, incites massive cultural warfare when she politely suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. Her modest proposal catches fire with millions of citizens, chief among them "an ambitious senator seeking the presidency." With the help of Washington's greatest spin doctor, the blogger and the politician try to ride the issue of euthanasia for Boomers (called "transitioning") all the way to the White House. (May 2008) Read Review

Second Chance by Jane Green - the story of a group of people who haven’t seen each other since they were best friends at school. (May 2008)

Gun Shy by Ben Rehder - Ambitious and hilarious, Rheder skewers all sides of America's gun culture. (April 2008)

And Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris - No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts.- Every office is a family of sorts, and the ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best, coping with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks. Ferris tells a true and funny story about survival in life's strangest environment. (March 2008) read review

The Duppy by Anthony C. Winkler - With his characteristic outrageousness, Winkler defies taboos and subverts conventional thinking in this entertaining, thought-provoking, and ultimately uplifting novel. (March 2008) author page

 

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