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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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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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375 Sätze für jede Gelegenheit

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Zwischen hochinteressanten Erkenntnissen und naheliegenden Gedanken ist hier für (fast) jede Gelegenheit ein passender oder unpassender Beitrag zu finden, der aus angestaubten Unterhaltungen schnell aufregende Abenteuer werden lassen kann. Selbst angewandte Lebenshilfe ist in diesen Seiten versteckt, sind doch einige der hier erdachten Zeilen durch lange Testphasen in Alltags- und Extremsituationen auf ihre Tauglichkeit überprüft worden.

Als Bonus-Texte finden sich zusätzlich äußerst unwissenschaftlich erstellte Horoskope, die so manche Existenz ihrer Bestimmung näher bringen können.

 
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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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All the Things We Leave Behind

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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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Niklas glaubt, der Dreisatz wäre eine olympische Disziplin.

Latoya kennt drei skandinavische Länder: Schweden, Holland und Nordpol.

Und Tamara-Michelle hält den Bundestag für einen Feiertag.

Einzelfälle? Mitnichten. Eine ganze Generation scheint zu verblöden. Der Staatsanwalt von nebenan erzieht seine Kinder mit der Spielkonsole. Germanistikstudenten sind der deutschen Sprache nicht mehr mächtig. Eine Karriere als Popstar erscheint dem Bäckerlehrling verlockender als eine solide Ausbildung.

Dieses Buch geht der Frage auf den Grund, wie es wirklich um die Mütter, Väter und Bundeskanzler von morgen steht. Geschrieben haben es zwei Autoren, die mit der Generation Doof per Du sind. Denn es ist ihre eigene.

 
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Kartenlegen für das Liebesglück, Karmareinigung und Kraft durch den Ewigkeitskristall - kein Angebot der boomenden Esoterik-Branche ist albern genug, als dass die Eso-Fans und Hilfesuchenden nicht sehr viel Geld dafür ausgeben würden. Eine ehemalige Kartenlegerin berichtet aus ihren unglaublichen Erlebnissen mit Anrufern, Astro-Beratern und den Hotline-Betreibern.

Zum Staunen und Fremdschämen!

 
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The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls

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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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TJ overcame his fear of cats in TJ and the Cats and his fear of ghosts in TJ and the Haunted House. Now, he's not so keen on facing his fear of failure. His best friend Seymour is determined to come up with the latest greatest invention and TJ's gran expects TJ to build a rocket. The kittens, T-Rex and Alaska, are eager to get involved. When the first rocket that TJ builds plummets out of the sky, no parachute in sight, TJ is sure that his efforts are doomed. But are they?

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From her home in the mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, Hazel has written over forty books for children of all ages. She gives lively presentations at schools and libraries across Canada. For more information, visit

 
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