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    • Publication date:03 Nov 2011
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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

A Wicked Bestiary

By David Sedaris

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* The brilliantly quirky David Sedaris returns with a book of acerbic and outrageously funny stories about animals who have unmistakably human failings, with a hilarious new story for the paperback edition

This collection of sharply observed animal-themed tales is a delight, told with David Sedaris's trademark blend of hilarity and goodnaturedness. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of our own everyday interactions.

In 'The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck', three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In 'Hello Kitty', a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In 'The Squirrel and the Chipmunk', a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.

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  • ISBN: 9780748119042
  • Publication date: 28 Sep 2010
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  • Imprint: Abacus
So often Sedaris's phrasing is beautiful in its piquancy and minimalism...His life is extraordinary in so many ways - the drug addiction, the eccentric family, the crazy jobs, the fame, the globetrotting - but one of the more unlikely achievements here is in making it all seem quite ordinary. Ultimately, his masterstroke is in acting as a bystander in his own story — Guardian
He makes me laugh so much. In an era when US satire is outpacing our own he's a sharp, humane and hilarious voice that never fails to make you smile - and sometimes weep. Apparently effortless humour is difficult, and precious. He's the real thing — James Naughtie, Radio Times
A deadpan, darkly comical portrait of the American underbelly . . . Sedaris shares something of [Alan] Bennett's detached curiosity, and they both have a thirst for amusement — Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
Center Street

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Jordan Sekulow
Authors:
Jordan Sekulow

Popular radio host Jordan Sekulow believes that his generation has seen the conservative agenda he voted for die by a thousand cuts, and in THE AMERICA YOU DESERVE, he presents an action plan for young Conservatives to spark change in the government.Sekulow says that change isnt' happening because the deep state bureaucracy will stop at nothing to undermine the conservative agenda - even when that's the agenda chosen by the American voter. The radical left continues to ferociously force its liberal agenda on the American people. The Republican Majority in both Houses of Congress that was elected has proven itself incompetent - both feckless in its conviction and ineffective in accomplishing even the slightest reforms. The deck seems stacked against us. It is. This is not the America we deserve.We deserve politicians who keep their promises. And to hold their feet to the fire, we must be actively engaged in public discourse in between elections.Failure to repeal ObamaCare, refusal to tackle entitlement reform, continued funding for Planned Parenthood, budget bickering and continued fiscal irresponsibility, and a national debt that will crush our children's future. This is not acceptable.The Republican Majority we elected refuses to compromise with its own members to secure even the smallest advances, nevermind the big picture.If we allow broken political promises, apolitical apathy, and the virus of bureaucratic deception to continue to erode the conservative agenda we chose, we could lose our America.It's time to fight back for the America we deserve.

Little, Brown Young Readers US

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Nancy Rose
Authors:
Nancy Rose

Mr. Peanuts' friend Rosie needs help preparing for the first day of school! The two squirrels go shopping for school supplies, set up the library and music corners, bring all the sports equipment out to the blacktop, and decorate the classroom. Mr. Peanuts even practices driving the school bus! This school year is going to be a blast.Nancy Rose brings this back-to-school story to life with her photographs of real wild squirrels in handcrafted, homemade miniature settings.

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David Sedaris
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Authors:
Betsy Carter

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Authors:
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Authors:
David Sedaris

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Little, Brown

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Authors:
Jane Harper

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Hachette Audio

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David Sedaris
Authors:
David Sedaris

David Sedaris's remarkable ability to uncover the hilarious absurdity teeming just below the surface of everyday life is surpassed only by his ability to make his stories even more hilarious when he reads them aloud. This is the complete recording of Meet David Sedaris Series Six, for Radio 4, and he reads essays from several of his books as well as many brand new diary pieces and extras. The full listing is: Episode 1 Untamed; Diary extractsEpisode 2Of Mice and Men; A Can of WormsEpisode 3Suitable for Framing; Diary extractsEpisode 4Buddy, Can You Spare A Tie?; A Modest ProposalEpisode 5A Number of Reasons I've Been Depressed; Lately; Diary extractsEpisode 6The Perfect Fit; Audience Q&A

Running Press Adult

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Authors:
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Hachette Audio

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Authors:
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Authors:
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Authors:
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Authors:
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Little, Brown Young Readers US

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Authors:
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