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Unglaublich aber wahr: In North Carolina ist Niesen auf offener Straße bei Strafe untersagt und in Wisconsin darf ein Mann nicht mit einer Waffe schießen, um den Orgasmus seiner Frau anzuzeigen. - Die strenge Welt des Rechts steckt voller absurder Überraschungen. Aber zum Glück ist Lachen noch nicht strafbar - zumindest soweit uns bekannt.

 
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Philipp Möllers Geschichten rund um das deutsche Bildungschaos und die deutsche Alltagskultur sind brisant und immer wieder urkomisch.

Isch geh Schulhof.

Heute ist Klassenausflug. Bowlen - damit die Kinder sich endlich mal so richtig austoben können. Als ich den Klassenraum betrete, stürmen die ersten schon auf mich zu.

"Herr Mülla, iebergeil!", ruft Ümit. "Isch mache Strike, ja? Schwöre, schmache eine Strike!" Mit wilden Bowling-Trockenübungen steht er vor mir. Wenn er nachher tatsächlich so bowlt, nehme ich mir besser einen Helm mit-

Aushilfslehrer? Ein lockerer Job, denkt Philipp Möller - bis zur ersten Stunde in seiner neuen Klasse: Musikstunden erinnern an DSDS, hyperaktive Kids flippen ohne ihre Tabletten aus und zum Frühstück gibt es Fastfood vom Vortag. Aber sind wir Erwachsenen so viel besser?

Bin isch Freak oda was?!

Die Schulglocke klingelt, das Hoftor fällt hinter mir zu. Meine Tage als Aushilfspauker sind vorbei. Und jetzt?

"Bin ich froh, diese Freak-Show endlich hinter mir zu haben", sage ich so lässig wie möglich. Mein Kollege Geierchen runzelt die Stirn: "Pass ma uff: Schule is 'ne Miniaturlandschaft unserer Jesellschaft. Und wenn de denkst, Möller, die Minifreaks war'n schon crazy - denn schau dir erstma die ausgewachsenen Exemplare an".

Leben wir tatsächlich in einer Nation der Übertreiber, Spinner und Durchgeknallten? Philipp Möller trifft trinkfreudige Burschenschaftler, kampflustige Veganer und erleuchtete Weltenlehrer und stellt sich immer häufiger die Frage: Wer sind eigentlich die wahren Freaks in unserem Land?

 
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Almost a Great Escape

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Winner of the W.O. Mitchell Award, the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction, and the Alberta Readers' Choice Award

Following his mothers death in 2004, Tyler Trafford discovers an album of old letters and creased photographs that reveal a mother he never knew, a man hes never heard of, and a love affair doomed by class and circumstance. The letters are from Jens Müller, a Norwegian pilot who trained in Canada during the early days of World War II, one of only three prisoners who would make it home after The Great Escape.

In Almost a Great Escape, Trafford takes us on a journey of emotional discovery and dramatic disclosure as he reconstructs his mothers life, from her youth as a wealthy Montreal debutante to her final days as a broken but unbent casualty of a loveless marriage. His search for answers takes him across Canada and then across the ocean to Norway, hoping to learn more about the mystery of this secret relationship.

Written with a fluidity fueled by heart-wrenching honesty, Traffords unconventional memoir confirms that while you can survive your past, you can never escape from it. Almost a Great Escape includes photographs as well as excerpts and reproductions of telegrams and letters Jens sent from England and Stalag Luft III.

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"Tyler Trafford exposes an elaborately intertwined story of family, romance, war, and love's aftermath. His multi-genre approach is both lyrical and admirably adapted to the challenge of the story he both unearths and illuminates."

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"As his own reflections intermingle with Alice's letters, the book becomes a moving story of love between a mother who dreamed of being a writer and a son who became one."

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"Tyler Trafford uses his creative ingenuity to bring the story of his late mother's secret love to life. Told with great flair and extraordinary skill, this captivating tale is an engrossing voyage of discovery and revelation."

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"Trafford is a mesmerizing writer with a style all his own.... The story of a secret love affair, it is a wonderfully twisted story of a Westmount upper class family, romance in war, and the scars that come from not taking a chance on love."

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"This is not a sentimental love story. It belongs in another, higher category. It's one that people of both sexes and any age past puberty will appreciate. And incidentally, it's a fine piece of writing and composing."

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"Letters in love and war reveal the most about the human condition. Tyler Trafford takes us inside a wartime romance, situates it at the heart of the most celebrated escape of the Second World War, and delivers a moving account of his own search to understand a parent and his own condition."

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"There are a handful of characters in a reader's life that are real, their wakes resonating like ghosts. Such is Alice Tyler, conjured by her son, writer Tyler Trafford, in his epistolary biography, Almost a Great Escape. She is so evoked you will taste her in a glass of vodka.... Trafford's writing swims with the heady heat of a slow, balmy, never-ending childhood summer. He builds towers with his words, stacking adjectives to describe the slow-motion escape of a lovesick war hero and building to a satisfying, thought-provoking conclusion."

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Tyler Trafford worked for many years as a reporter and editor first with the Calgary Herald, then in Australia with the Australian and later with the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. When he returned to Canada, he began writing biographies, histories, and works of fiction, including The Story of Blue Eye, which was shortlisted for the 2005 Grant McEwan Author's Award. He now divides his time between Calgary and his studio on the Oldman River near Pincher Creek, Alberta.

 
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Shortlisted for the New Brunswick Book Award for Fiction

A novel of absence and adolescence by the author of the award-winning The Town That Drowned.

It's 1977. Seventeen-year-old Violet is left behind by her parents to manage their busy roadside antique stand for the summer. Her restless older brother, Bliss, has disappeared, leaving home without warning, and her parents are off searching for clues. Violet is haunted by her brother's absence while trying to cope with her new responsibilities. Between visiting a local hermit, who makes twig furniture for the shop, and finding a way to land the contents of the mysterious Vaughan estate, Violet acts out with her summer boyfriend, Dean, and wonders about the mysterious boneyard. But what really keeps her up at night are thoughts of Bliss's departure and the white deer, which only she has seen.

All the Things We Leave Behind is about remembrance and attachment, about what we collect and what we leave behind. In this highly affecting novel, Nason explores the permeability of memory and the sometimes confusing bonds of human emotion.

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"Filled with strong characters and objects of forgotten desire — perfume bottles, tintypes, rabbit-eared chairs — Riel Nason's All the Things We Leave Behind subtly unravels the mind's delusions and the past's seduction. Haunting, bittersweet."

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"A powerful rumination on the universal aches of loss, existential dread, and adolescence."

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"Nason has written a tender and loving portrayal of one young girl grappling with absence in a world crowded with the past. Full of heart, honesty and beauty."

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"All the Things We Leave Behind is full of sensory detail and evocative prose, and like its author, Riel Nason, is a gift to Canadian literature. From teh cheerful Purple Barn antique shop, to the mysitical boneyard deep in the woods, to a missing brother named Bliss, main character Violet carries us effortlessly through this lovely coming-of-age story not afraid to show its haunting side."

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"This book is about much more than a summer spent growing up. It's about the meaning of life and death and how a person copes with a great loss. It's about haunting and spiritual messages and whether we're open to receiving them. It's about siblings — both the fun memories and the complex relationships they share."

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Riel Nason is the author of The Town That Drowned, which won both the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize for Canada and Europe and the 2012 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. The novel was also a finalist for several other awards, in addition to being longlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Nason was a professional antique dealer for many years and for more than a decade wrote a column on collectibles for New Brunswick's Telegraph-Journal. As well as being a writer, she is an acclaimed textile artist. Riel lives in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, with her family.

 
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Volker Keidel führt ein ruhiges Leben nach dem Motto: glückliche Kinder, Bier und Grillwurst, was braucht man mehr!?

Doch der Frieden wird vom Optimierungswahn bedroht: Eine Wurst reicht nicht, es muss schon das Steak in Ingwer-Orangen-Marinade sein. Zum Fußball kommen nicht nur die Frauen mit, sondern sie sorgen auch dafür, dass alle Hugo trinken, und wenn Volker mit seinen Kindern eine Wasserschlacht macht, erntet er kritische Blicke - schließlich spielen sie dabei mit Wasserpistolen und das ist ja total unpädagogisch.

 
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As You Were

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SUMMER, 1974 — Six teenaged boys died and fifty-four were injured in an explosion on a Canadian Forces Base in Valcartier, Quebec. A live grenade inadvertently made its way into a box of dud ammunition, and its pin was pulled during a lecture on explosives safety. One hundred and forty boys survived, each isolated in their trauma, yet expected to carry on with their lives.

Thirty-four years later, Gerry Fostaty, who was an 18-year-old sergeant that summer and one of the first on the scene after the explosion, received an unexpected e-mail from his former sergeant-major, triggering a journey into memory, a quest for a true picture of what had happened on that day.

In As You Were, Fostaty pieces together the story of how a series of preventable mistakes led to tragedy. The only full account of an event that received minor attention at the time, As You Were is the story of a normal day turned horrific, how duty, responsibility, and honour make ordinary people take extraordinary measures, and how an embarrassed military did their best to ignore this devastating incident.

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"Written in a clear, engaging voice and never descends into sensationalist finger-pointing... a cogent and provocative reassessment of a tragic incident the DND has done little to address."

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Gerry Fostaty spent six years as an army cadet, climbing the ranks until he became an instructor. Leaving the cadets at 19, he became an actor, working on stage and in film and television for more than 20 years. He now works as a marketing manager at an information technology company. He lives in Aurora, Ontario.

 
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Eleven-year-old Edie Jasmine Snow has a "perfect" thirteen-year-old sister, two loving parents, and a cat named Dusty. She also has a grandmother she suspects is a witch and a grandfather who insists on calling her Albert. Framed by family summer vacations at the lake, All-Season Edie follows Edie through a tumultuous year in which her beloved grandfather becomes ill. In the face of family tragedy, Edie tries to practice witchcraft, learns to dance the flamenco, meets the Greek god Zeus doing his Christmas shopping at the mall, ruins the most important party of her sister's life and realizes that her family is both completely strange and absolutely normal.

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"An engrossing pre-teen novel."

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"This debut children's book by an author best known for adult short stories gets the preteen voice perfectly."

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"Astonishingly fresh...has the classic flavor of Ramona and Beezus, as if they had hit middle school and met the new millennium."

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"A fun book to read...Would fit well into any school or classroom library."

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"Recommended."

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"Subtle, sad, and hilarious, it has a wonderful way with words and features characters that stick."

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"An effortless read, an honest and beautiful book."

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"It is fun to read Edie's witty language."

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Annabel Lyon is the author of four books of adult fiction, Oxygen, The Best Thing for You, The Golden Mean and The Sweet Girl. All-Season Edie is her first work for children. She lives in New Westminster, British Columbia with her husband and two children.

 
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In A Step in the Right Direction, Søndergaard continues a line of thought he first developed in Bees Die Sleeping and continued in Vinci, Later (which was published in English in 2005). This new collection is "about" walking. It contains four major cohesive songs or cantos, each of which explores the act of walking from a different point of view: as a social activity, as an act of love, as a condition for thought, and as inspiration for art.

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Praise for Praise for Morten SØndergaard: For now we have, and a collection of poems so worthy of your attention and attachment that it bears repeating again and again, with rising urgency, how good this book is. – Seth Abramson, Huffington Post Morten Søndergaard carefully brushes the lint off our shoulders, then crouches behind the controls of his poems and does everything to dislodge us from our feet. As doomful and slapstick as Beckett, he gives voice to the ground we stomp all over, and the stuff aside from people that peoples our world. – Stuart Ross That everyday life would find its way into Søndergaard’s poetry was demonstrated by his earlier masterpiece Vinci, Later. Now it has come to stay. A Step in the Right Direction is not just a step forward, but a giant leap into a much larger realm for this poet. It is, without having to say much else, an instant classic. – Tue Andersen Nexø, Information With Morten Søndergaard, you find yourself in a world of wide open curiosity. You are travelling, you are on the move, and yet Søndergaard’s poems are like statues carved in Italian marble. – Bjorn Breden, Politiken Morten Søndergaard stands out as the heir to Inger Christensen. If one argues that a poet's primary task is to walk out into the world with eyes wide open and pass on impressions and thoughts through a tireless linguistic curiosity prism, then Morten Søndergaard’s A Step in the Right Direction is the work of an exemplary poet. – Kim Skotte, Politiken

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Morten Søndergaard (born 1964) is a part of a generation of Danish poets that emerged in the early Nineties. Søndergaard's first collection of poetry, Sahara i mine h¾nder (Sahara In My Hands) was published in 1992. This debut collection has been followed by a succession of works which have won him both critical acclaim and a number of literary awards. Morten Søndergard's most recent publication is Processen og det halve kongerige (The Process and Half the Kingdom) (2010). His books have been translated into Arabic, English, German, French, Italian, Serbian and Swedish. In the spring of 2012 he published his second collection of poetry in English, titled A Step in the Right Direction, translated by Barbara J. Haveland

 
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Fifteen-year-old Henry Holloway isn't immoral, he's just hungry. His mother died when he was nine, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Andy and his friends, all amiable small-time crooks. When Uncle Andy is sent to prison, Henry takes up residence in an abandoned tree house in order to escape the notice of Social Services. His mission? To survive on his own while preserving his cherished independence. Fortunately, Henry possesses all the skills it takes to be a successful house burglar.

Henry is an unusually resourceful and considerate burglar—often tidying up the places he robs—until he's caught. The terms of his probation? He must live with the Wingates, a strange family in a small town called Snowflake Falls.

Henry is just getting used to his temporary family when the newly liberated Uncle Andy and his criminal friends draw him into a plan to rob the citizens of Snowflake Falls. Will Henry be loyal to his uncle or will he break with the past and do the right thing?

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"Lekich's characters in The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls are the treasures that readers look for in great fiction. They are unique and true to themselves, good or bad, and evolving."

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"A book rich with simple complexities and deadpan one-liners that brilliant comics will wish they had written...This is fiction that I wish were targeted to adults. Not because the book might tempt youth to glamorize crime or emulate Holloway, but because it takes certain experience and perspective to fully appreciate its deeper meaning and elegant writing. Lekich is a writer's writer. No question....The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls reverberates with the genuine, essential stuff. Stuff that (unlike all that's mean and wrong with the world) never makes the evening news. Profound meaning can be found in the smallest gesture. Echoes of the ages resound in the philosophical, social and moral ideas...Every character is flawed but inherently noble."

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"Henry has a gift for understated humour and the plot is full of surprising twists and turns, sometimes solemn and sometimes very funny. Even the quirky characters—and the Wingates, in particular, are extraordinarily odd—have a refreshingly different quirkiness to them. Readers will be engaged by Henry's predicaments, his honesty (when crime isn't involved) and his unique moral code. They will certainly laugh and they might even pick up the odd security tip."

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"Sweet-tempered and hugely enjoyable."

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"Henry is a likeable character, and readers will root for him to redeem himself."

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"This amiable tale of misadventure is a sweet, entertaining read with a good moral compass. The author has a delightful sense of playfulness and imagery, and provides many feel-good moments. The tone is light and the story sprinkled with all the usual teen angst plus that which is felt by a surprisingly moral fifteen-year-old thief."

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"What a voice! With wit and a wondrous imagination John Lekich has crafted a character I will long remember and admire...As readers we meet an incredibly diverse slate of characters, unconventional and wise, empathetic to Henry's plight and gullibly welcoming to all visitors. Henry comes in contact with people who have an impact on the decisions he makes, and he is averse to hurting them. You don't want to miss meeting any of them."

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"The Wingate family and the whole town of Snowflake Falls is as refreshingly quirky as the band of criminals Henry grew up with and helps keep the tone light...[Readers] will be thoroughly charmed by Henry's antics and the wacky cast of characters that populate Snowflake falls."

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"There are plenty of amusing parts and the language...is playful and Runyon-esque...This is a charming, funny coming-of-age story with terrific writing, characters to root for, and a completely satisfying ending to a silly caper."

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"With his impeccable writing skills, author John Lekich has created an antagonist who is also a protagonist. Despite his foibles, Henry is both comical and pitiful, lovable and enviable...There is not a 'cutsie' ending to this story. It is authentic, unpredictable and humorous. Young readers as well as old will enjoy Henry's character, the Wingates' antics, Lekich's descriptions of small-town life, and the overall message of the book."

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"An excellent read—funny, witty, and perfect for the young adult group...Recommended for any YA or high school library."

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"It is almost impossible not to like Henry Hollaway...Lekich has provided Henry with an engaging story and a powerful voice. He has created a novel that has both a retro feel and contemporary issues...Lekich encourages us to think we can predict what will happen and then always surprises us. While we are left unsure of Henry's next steps, we feel confident that he has a bright and happy future. Recommended."

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"Lekich has created a character worth caring about...For those who enjoy quirky characters and stories of redemption, this is a good bet."

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"Full of humour, compassion, love and commitment to family. The characters are charming, funny and surprisingly complicated."

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"Dry humour, a slightly insane imagination and a highly personable hero make Lekich's new novel wholly refreshing...This crime comedy is made all the more entertaining by its cast of eccentric characters, but none is more winsome than Henry—who steals cars only so he can organize his thoughts; tidies the houses of those he robs; and brings a clever, comical bemusement to his own story. Delightful."

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John Lekich is a Vancouver-based author and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Reader's Digest, the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter. A former West Coast arts correspondent for The Globe and Mail, he is the recipient of ten regional and national magazine awards.

 
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Wir sind schon besonders, wir Hundehalter. Irgendwie besonders. Dieses Buch auch. Es wird Sie ärgern. Dieses Buch wird Sie zum Schmunzeln, vielleicht sogar zum Lachen bringen. Dieses Buch wird Sie nachdenklich machen. Dieses Buch wird Sie nerven. Freuen. Ein Stück weit begleiten.

Dieses Buch ist wie ein Hund. Nicht immer bequem, aber ziemlich ehrlich und sehr direkt. Hin und wieder anspruchslos. Mitunter auch anstrengend. Es bewegt. Genau wie ein Hund. Die Geschichten sind wahr. Lediglich dem Schutz von Hund und Mensch geschuldet, sind hier und da literarische Freiheiten eingebaut. Einen erzieherischen Anspruch haben sie nicht, die Geschichten über selbsternannte Hundetrainer, den Mensch im Hund und umgekehrt und vieles andere...

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Melanie Knies ist gebürtige Nordrhein-Westfälin, sozialisierte Niedersächsin, weit gereiste Europäerin und seit 2008 Wahlberlinerin.

 
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