Home from the Vinyl Cafe: A Year of Stories
By Stuart McLean
Published in 2010 by Simon & Schuster
Originally published in 1998
Rating: 4 / 5
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.
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