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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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Geruhsames Erwachen, ein entspannter Kaffee am Küchentisch und dann fröhlich an die Arbeit - so oder so ähnlich malte man sich einst das Home-Office aus. Aber das war einmal, denn jetzt wissen wir, dass stattdessen Technikpannen, vierbeinige Saboteure und teuflische Rückenschmerzen auf uns warten. O Schreck!

Comedy-Autor Norbert Golluch hat die aberwitzigsten Geschichten aus dieser schönen neuen Arbeitswelt zusammengetragen und zeigt: Humor ist, wenn man trotzdem lacht.

 
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Coconut Dreams explores the lives of the Pinto family through seventeen linked short stories. Starting with a ghost story set in Goa, India in the 1950s, the collection weaves through various timelines and perspectives to focus on two children, Aiden and Ally Pinto. These siblings tackle their adventures in a predominantly white suburb with innocence, intelligence and a timid foot in two distinct cultures.

In these stories, Derek Mascarenhas takes a fresh look at the world of the new immigrant and the South Asian experience in Canada, as a daughter questions her father's love at an IKEA grand opening; an aunt remembers a safari-gone-wrong in Kenya; an uncle's unrequited love is confronted at a Goan Association picnic; a boy tests his faith amidst a school-yard brawl; and a childhood love letter is exchanged during the building of a backyard deck. Singularly and collectively, these stories will move the reader with their engaging narratives and authentic voices.

"This charming collection of stories resides between a suburban childhood in Canada and inherited, often mythic, tales from Goa that belong to the elders. Characters decide on love with rings lost at sea and soothe babies with stories of elephants in mountains. The voices in these stories are from people who seem far away and yet are inside us. Prepare to be delighted." —Kim Echlin, author of Under the Visible Life

"The stories in Derek Mascarenhas's Coconut Dreams remind one of the high stakes in a child's world, the way that danger looms just fractionally outside safety. Like all proper enchantments, these vignettes are dark, light, strange, and vivid such that they delight and charm in equal portions." —Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, author of All the Broken Things, Perfecting, and The Nettle Spinner.

"In this evocative collection, Derek Mascarenhas takes up the fictional Pinto family and turns it gently in his hands, revealing new truths—and new questions—with every shift in point of view. A moving, multifaceted debut." —Alissa York, author of The Naturalist

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Derek Mascarenhas is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, a finalist and runner up for the Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the Marina Nemat Award. His fiction has been published in places such as Joyland, The Dalhousie Review, Switchback, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Cosmonauts Avenue, and The Antigonish Review. Derek is one of four children born to parents who emigrated from Goa, India, and settled in Burlington, Ontario. A backpacker who has traveled across six continents, Derek currently resides in Toronto. Coconut Dreams is his first book.

 
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Mann und Frau werden füreinander wohl immer ein großes Mysterium bleiben, denn manche Besonderheiten und Eigenarten lassen sich einfach nicht erklären. Dennoch arbeiten sich große Geister seit Jahrhunderten daran ab, die erstaunlichsten und auffälligsten Phänomene des jeweils anderen Geschlechts in Worte zu fassen...

Daraus ist diese schöne Sammlung von Aphorismen und Bonmots aus den letzten 2000 Jahren Geschlechterkampf entstanden.

 
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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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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. Möllers Geschichten aus dem deutschen Bildungschaos sind brisant und berührend, und dabei immer wieder urkomisch.

 
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Anxious, twitchy, urgent poems—a collection that’s at once sardonic and “chronically wishful.” Reckon, Steve McOrmond’s first book of poems since his acclaimed 2010 collection The Good News about Armageddon, hones in on those fugitive moments when the parts of ourselves that have not been entirely subsumed by consumer capitalism escape their cages and come out to play—a photographer’s lifelong desire to collect snowflakes, an adolescent’s game of show-me-yours, the small, defiant act of letting a cellphone call go to voicemail. “The whole world has gone straight to voicemail,” McOrmond writes a line later. With one foot in the physical world and one in the virtual, these poems embody the often-tense negotiations between “I” and a collective “we.” Concerned with the sweep of history and the rush of the now, McOrmond demonstrates a knack for bringing the vast and amorphous down to human size, making it personal: “How gone?/ Real gone. All our gift cards unredeemed.” Responding to a poem from Reckon that appeared on Poetry Daily, comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted a perceptive one-liner review: “Steve McOrmond’s new poem, ‘Pure Outrage,’ is really funny and, if you read it right, kind of scary.” While at times these poems reach out from a place of isolation, across a distance greater than words, one always senses an earnest desire for connection and engagement: Here, take my hand. Maybe it’s not too late.

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“Creeping dread, bemused wonder, and a species of headlong incredulity inform Steve McOrmond’s processing of the new century’s prodigious cultural jetsam, its ‘wilderness of signs’. Reckon apprehends the strangeness in the commonplace, and the anxiety humming in everyday chatter, fact and argument, whether it be live or digitized. ‘What do they open, the keys that come rotoring down from the maple trees?’ Turns out it’s complicated.”

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“The isolation and confusion of the modern age come to life in Steve McOrmond's new book Reckon in a way that is disquieting and strangely comforting at the same time.”

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Steve McOrmond is the author of three previous collections of poetry, most recently The Good News about Armageddon (Brick Books 2010), which appeared on a number of book critics’ Best of 2010 lists and was shortlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award. His second collection, Primer on the Hereafter (Wolsak and Wynn 2006), was awarded the Atlantic Poetry Prize. His debut collection, Lean Days (Wolsak and Wynn 2004), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. Originally from Prince Edward Island, he lives in Toronto.

 
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HOFFMANN UND CAMPE VERLAG GmbH


»Je größer die Unterschiede, desto stärker die Sehnsucht, desto wilder die Leidenschaft.« Catherine DeneuveGleich und Gleich gesellt sich gern und hat langfristig die besten Aussichten. Doch zwischen Gleich und Ungleich herrscht die größere erotische Spannung. Reife Frau und junger Mann, Prinzessin und Bad Boy, Aschenputtel und Prinz: Dietmar Bittrich erzählt die anekdotenreiche Kulturgeschichte der ungleichen Paare.Es ist eine alte Geschichte, doch passiert sie immer neu. Die reife Lady verfällt dem Reitburschen, der tibetische Lama seiner Schülerin, die Prinzessin brennt mit dem Leibwächter durch, und der Tattergreis heiratet das Busenwunder. Einige Fälle sind spektakulär. Doch aufregende Mesalliancen gibt es auch in der eigenen Familie oder gleich nebenan. Aschenputtel und Prinz, die Schöne und das Ungeheuer, reifes Alter und zarte Jugend: Ungleiche Paare üben seit jeher eine besondere Faszination aus. Und die klassischen Konstellationen kehren immer wieder, komisch und tragisch, hoffnungslos und leidenschaftlich. In autobiographischem Rahmen erzählt Dietmar Bittrich von den skandalträchtigen Abenteuern ungleicher Paare.»Der legitime Erbe von Kishon und Loriot.« Welt am Sonntag

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»Bittrich ballert seine Pointen nicht ins Tor. Er dribbelt langsam auf den Kasten zu und schlenzt sie dann locker in die jeweils andere Ecke.«

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Dietmar Bittrich lebt in Hamburg. Er erfand das Gummibärchen-Orakel und schrieb heitere Bücher u.a. über das Reisen (Urlaubsreif, 2006), das Schlafen (Gute Nacht! Mit deutscher Dichtung in den Tiefschlaf, 2007), das Jungbleiben (Altersglück, 2008) und über Ungleiche Paare (2010). Bittrich erhielt den Hamburger Satirikerpreis. Er liebt die Natur, solange sie ihm nicht zu nahe kommt, und betet täglich zum Gott der Mülltrennung.

 
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At times funny, at other times sad, and more than often a mixture of the two, Giving Up by Mike Steeves is a deeply felt account of what goes on in the inner sanctum of the modern couple's apartment.

In grappling with the line between what happened and what might have happened, Steeves gives voice to the anguish of a generation of people who grew up with great expectations, and are now settling into their own personal failures and compromises: James is obsessed with completing his life's work. Mary is worried about their problems starting a family, and is scared that their future might not turn out as she'd planned. In the span of a few hours on an ordinary night in a non-descript city, two relatively small events will have enormous consequences on James' and Mary's lives, both together and apart.

With an unrelenting prose style and pitch-black humour, Giving Up addresses difficult topics--James's ruinous ambition, and Mary's quiet anguish--in a funny and relatable way.

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Priase for Giving Up:

"Mike Steeves is a brilliant, singular voice in Can Lit: funny and fresh and fast! Giving Up burns and glows with the intensity of a blue flame and all the pathos and obsessiveness and truth and absurdity of modern coupledom." —Miriam Towes, author of All My Puny Sorrows

"Few first novels in recent memory are as consistently charming, smart, entertaining and incisive as Giving Up. Somehow Mike Steeves has written a page-turner about stray cats and trips to the bank, and a story that treads through the banalities of everyday life with such precision to cast each detail, every gesture and object and silence, with great meaning. —Pasha Malla

"Mike Steeves' Giving Up is in places like a Facebook-era version of Paula Fox's 1970s New York classic Desperate Characters: a lucid micro-portrait of an apartment-bound couple facing childlessness, marital landlock and a malevolent feline presence. But its pulse is faster, warmer, more irregular—a chamber piece for two voices sharing disappointingly overhyped takeout. It is a woozily funny yet deeply decent view of adult love that finds the whole rigamarole preposterous but, in that, somehow the more worthwhile. It broke the shit out of my heart. Read it with someone you adore who you fear half the time can't stand the sight of you." —Carl Wilson, author of Let's Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste

"This is a novel of unrelenting relatability, truth, contravention, hope, loss, and usefulness. Within these 208 pages, the reader may be forced to accept the dark side of her/himself, and the society from which s/he was contrived. I can see myself returning to this book once a year, every year, for the rest of my life." —James Bonner for Nomadic Press

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Mike Steeves was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and lives in Montreal, Quebec. His first novel, Giving Up, was published by Book*hug in 2015 and was a finalist for the Concordia University First Book Award. His work has appeared in The Globe & Mail, Matrix Magazine, The Shore and others.

 
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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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