The Doubtful Guest

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ISBN: 9780151003136
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 15th, 1998

The best from the charming master of macabre wit. Keep it on your shelf for rainy day or make it a gift for that person who just gets you.

The Customer Is Always Wrong

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By Jeff Martin (Editor)
ISBN: 9781933368900
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Published: Soft Skull Press - September 1st, 2008

There are a number of things I could say about this book, like "The title is exact", or "It shares the joys of retail like no other". The truth is that anyone who has ever been employed takes for granted that other people are unpleasant. Bosses are bosses more than they are human, underlings are underthings and the customer is always right, even when they are wrong. After all, human is a condition not a job description. Just like fun is not a job description, which everyone of us has been reminded many times by various methods. But I have it anyway, often at someone else's expense. In this I am not alone as this collection attests. "Fun" is in the description along with "bookseller", "florist", "clerk", "cashier" and with some trepidation, "manager" (there is a glossary in the final essay). What I am glad to know is the writers in this collection have moved on to look back fondly, pen in misanthropic hand. Sharing tales of petty revenge, insubordination and sometimes failure. Like I said, "human" is not a job description. If you have not had a job then I can not help you.

Ant Farm

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ISBN: 9781400065882
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2007

Rich turns painfully awkward situations, like showing up at your ex's house to redeem the love coupons she gave you for you last birthday, and makes them hilarious. These stories are mostly two or three pages long and the whole book takes only an hour or two to read. Perfect for anyone looking to kill a couple hours rolling on the floor laughing.

The Areas of My Expertis

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ISBN: 9781594482229
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Published: Penguin Books - September 5th, 2006

Billed as a complete compendium of human knowledge, unless you are a werewolf you might find this book more hilarious than useful. As the author says, it is worth it just for the list of 700 hobo names.

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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ISBN: 9780812976564
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Published: Villard - March 28th, 2006

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is for those people who have lost their way in the myriad highways of spiritual paths. This is the world's only carbohydrates-based religion, whose worship service is conducted in Pirate-Speak and parishioners dress as buccaneers. If only the world's major religions were this much fun. Become a Pastafarian and see the light. A hilarious and irreverant (to say the least) book, that makes you laugh while asking some pointed questions about the absurdities of modern religious life. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

Bad Cat

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ISBN: 9780761136194
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 15th, 2004

At work I'm known as "that person who will become the crazy cat lady. Therefore I love this book. Having reviewed Yoga For Cats earlier, I feel that I am well qualified to talk about very naughty cats. The cats in this book are outrageous, fabulous, and down right nasty. Just think about it..."What do cats do at home when we're out at work" Perhaps it is best not to know considering what some of the cats in this book have been known to do when their owners (Do cats have owners, or do they own us?) are not home. My Fluffy is definetely a very bad cat. Now I know where she learned it from. Whether the cats in this book are holding other cats for ransom or getting ready to "pop a cap" in the ass of the next cat to mess with them, they are decidedly bad cats. My favorite has to be the picture of a cat dressed up in a pumpkin costume for Halloween. The caption reads, "I hate candy, and now I hate you". Hooray, I couldn't have said it better. For crazy cat ladies or crazy cat ladies in training, this is the perfect book for you. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell


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