Laugh Out Loud Fiction
Recommended by Julie, a reference librarian in our Adult Department.
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So what do you do if you're a goofy kid growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1940s, with no available father, no friends, and the designated punching bag of the neighborhood bully? If you're Joey Margolis, you look for a hero to latch onto a baseball player, perhaps, like Charlie Banks, the all-star third baseman for the New York Giants. Of course, the chosen champion may not welcome the attention of a persistent young fan with an overactive imagination. But then again, the kid might be exactly what Charlie Banks needs ...
Hal Jam, a big black bear who finds a manuscript under a tree in the Maine woods, dons a suit and a tie, and heads off to the big city to seek his fame and fortune. What follows is a riotous magical romp with the buoyant Hal Jam as he leaves the quiet, nurturing world of the forest for the glittering and corrupt world of humans.
Elizabeth Tyler MacMann, the ambitious First Lady of the United States (and known in the tabloids as Lady Bethmac), is on trial for the death of her philandering husband, and the only man who can save her is the boyfriend she jilted in law school, now the most shameless defense attorney in America.
Charlie Asher has a fairly normal life until the day his wife, Rachel, dies. People start dropping dead around him, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. It seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death. It's a dirty job. But hey, somebody's gotta do it.
Patty Jane Dobbin should have known better than to marry a man as gorgeous as Thor Rolvaag, but she was too smitten to think twice. Yet nine months into their marriage, with a baby on the way, Thor is gone. It's a good thing Patty Jane has her irrepressible sister, Harriet, to rely on. For it's been said that a fine haircut can cure any number of ills, and before long the Minnesota sisters have opened a neighborhood beauty parlor complete with live harp music and an endless supply of delicious Norwegian baked goods.