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The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

Bill Watterson - 1995
    To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this distinguished partnership, Bill Watterson prepared this special book, sharing his thoughts on cartooning and creating Calvin and Hobbes, illustrated throughout with favorite black-and-white and color cartoons.

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts

Douglas Adams - 1995
    and expert at seeing the cosmos on 30 Altairian dollars a day. Ford lives by the Guide's seminal bit of advice: Don't Panic. Which comes in handy when their first ride--on the very same vessel that demolished Earth to make way for a hyperspacial freeway--ends disastrously (they are booted out of an airlock). with 30 seconds of air in their lungs and the odd of being picked up by another ship 2^276,709 to 1 against, the pair are scooped up by the only ship in the universe powered by the Infinite Improbability Drive.But this (and the idea that Bogart movies and McDonald's hamburgers now exist only in his mind) is just the beginning of the weird things Arthur will have to get used to. For, on his travels, he'll encounter Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-President of the Galaxy; Trillian, a sexy spacecadet he once tried to pick up at a cocktail party, now Zaphod's girlfriend; Marvin, a chronically depressed robot; and Slartibartfast, the award-winning engineer who built the Earth and travels in a spaceship disguised as a bistro.Arthur's crazed wanderings will take him from the restaurant at the end of the Universe (where the main dish of the day introduces itself and the floor show is doomsday), to the planet Krikkit (locked in Slo-Time to punish its inhabitants for trying to end the Universe), to Earth (huh? wait! wasn't it destroyed?!) to the very offices of The Hitchhiker's Guide itself as he and his friends quest for the answer to the Question of Life, the Universe and Everything ... and search for a really good cup of tea.Ready or not, Arthur Dent is in for one hell of a ride!

The Barrytown Trilogy: The Commitments / The Snapper / The Van

Roddy Doyle - 1995
    Roddy Doyle's winning trio of comic novels depicting the daily life and times of the Rabbitte family in working-class Dublin.The CommitmentsStill one of the freshest and funniest rock 'n' roll novels ever written, Doyle's first book portrays a group of aspiring musicians on a mission: to bring soul to Dublin.The SnapperDoyle's sparkling second novel observes the progression of twenty-year-old Sharon's pregnancy and its impact on the Rabbitte family - especially on her father, Jimmy Sr - with with, candor, and surprising authenticity.The VanSet during the heady days of Ireland's brief, euphoric triumphs in the 1990 World Cup, this Booker Prize nominee is a tender and hilarious tale of male friendship, midlife crisis, and family life.--back cover

A Wish for Wings That Work: An Opus Christmas Story

Berkeley Breathed - 1995
    Opus the penguin makes a Christmas wish that he might fly.

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Peggy Rathmann - 1995
    A glorious picture book." -- The Horn Book"Rathmann is a quick rising star in the world of chidren's books. In this book, she again shows her flair for creating real characters, dramatic situations and for knowing what will make young audiences giggle and think." -- Children's Book Review Magazine"Rathman brings a lighter-than-air comic touch to this outstanding, solid-as-a-brick picture book." -- Publisher's Weekly"A five-star performance." -- School Library Journal

Wildly FoxTrot

Bill Amend - 1995
    In Bill Amend's comic strip, FoxTrot, the three kids continuously push each other's buttons while parents Roger and Andy try somehow to keep up. Amend's insightful peek inside the Fox family provides fans with recognition and laughs.Wildly FoxTrot featuers all the cartoons (including full-color Sunday's) from the best-sellers, May the Force Be With Us, and Take Us to Your Mall, and includes a special illustrated story.Universal Press Syndicate newspaper feature:*FoxTrotAuthor's web site:

The Collected Sam & Max: Surfin' the Highway

Steve Purcell - 1995
    Color illustrations throughout.

Math Curse

Jon Scieszka - 1995
    Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants. Can you make 1 good outfit? Then you start to wonder: Why does everything have to be such a problem? Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges? Why do 4 kids always have to divide 12 marbles? Why can't you just keep 10 cookies without someone taking 3 away? Why? Because you're a victim of the Math Curse. That's why. But don't despair. This is one girl's story of how that curse can be broken.

Interesting Times: The Play

Stephen Briggs - 1995
    Opposing him, though, is the evil and manipulative Lord Hong and his army of 750,000 men.Oh?Rincewind is also aided by Twoflower - Discworld's first tourist and the author of a subversive book, about his visit to Ankh-Morpork, which has inspired the rebels in their struggle for freedom.The book is called "What I Did On My Holidays".

A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears

Jules Feiffer - 1995
    A prince who makes everyone laugh is sent on a quest to turn him into a person worthy of being a king, but he gets everything wrong except for the meaning of life.

The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank

Erma Bombeck - 1995
    It's the expose to end all exposes--the truth about the suburbs: where they planted trees and crabgrass came up, where they planted the schools and taxes came up, where they died of old age trying to merge onto the freeway and where they finally got sex out of the schools and back into the gutters.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Set: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency/Tears of the Giraffe/Morality for Beautiful Girls/The Kalahari Typing School For Men/The Full Cupboard of Life

Alexander McCall Smith - 1995
    Botswana Mma Precious Ramotwse solves mysteries, caring for reputations of all involved. 1 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency2 Tears of the Giraffe3 Morality for Beautiful Girls4 The Kalahari Typing School For Men5 The Full Cupboard of Life

D.W. the Picky Eater

Marc Brown - 1995
    is very picky about what she eats. She doesn't seem to like anything. Her dining out days with her family are cut short when she refuses to eat her salad and flings it to the floor. Will her table manners improve in time for her Grandma Thora's special dinner out? Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.

Archie: The Love Showdown Collection

Archie Comics - 1995
    The eternal love triangle: The cornerstone of Archie Comics for over 53 years--and the bane of Archie Andrews' existence! When Archie Comics announced that Archie Andrews may finally choose between Betty & Veronica, the response was unprecedented- and for good reason!When the smoke cleared, Archie shocked the world by choosing neither long-time gal pal, but old flame Cheryl Blossom instead!

One Last Little Peek, 1980–1995: The Final Strips, the Special Hits, the Inside Tips

Berkeley Breathed - 1995
    The final collection of cartoons from the Outland series features previously uncollected color strips, a selection of the artist's favorites, and some selections from Bloom County.

P.G. Wodehouse : Five Complete Novels (The Return of Jeeves, Bertie Wooster Sees It Through, Spring Fever, The Butler Did It, The Old Reliable)

P.G. Wodehouse - 1995
    Spine shows creasing. This is a readable copy.

The Bible According to Mark Twain

Mark Twain - 1995
    The Bible According to Mark Twain is vintage Twain and is sure to surprise, delight, and perhaps shock modern readers.Description from back cover

The Third Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack

Jim Davis - 1995
    So whether he's chaining himself to the refrigerator, biting Odie's fingernails, or borrowing Jon's deodorant, there's only one thing better than a Garfield collection: three Garfield collections!

Amelia Bedelia Treasury

Peggy Parish - 1995
    Whether she's baby-sitting, gardening, or doing house-hold chores.

The Fantod Pack

Edward Gorey - 1995
    Each of the 20 cards forecasts a list of outcomes for the user ranging from the merely unpleasant (loss of hair, breakage, thwarted ambitions) to the downright horrible (catarrh, spasms, shriveling). The 32-page booklet provides interpretation of the cards courtesy of one Madame Groeda Weyrd, who Gorey tells us “is of mixed Finnish and Egyptian extraction, has devoted her life to divination, and is the author of, among a shelf of other works, Floating Tambourines, a collection of esoteric verse, and The Future Speaks Through Entrails.” Who but Gorey to make mirth from a kaleidoscope of catastrophe?

Parker: Selected Stories

Dorothy Parker - 1995
    In these selected stories is the chance to draw on her insight into the social and emotional realities of life. 2 cassettes.

The Discworld Mapp: Being the Onlie True and Mostlie Accurate Mappe of the Fantastyk and Magical Dyscworlde

Terry Pratchett - 1995
    Well, it has been done, proving them wrong once again. After years of research, cunningly contrived in as many minutes, the Discworld has its map. It takes full account of the historic and much documented expeditions of the Discworld's fêted (or at least fated) explorers: General Sir Roderick Purdeigh, Lars Larsnephew, Llamedos Jones, Lady Alice Venturi, Ponce da Quirm and, of course, Venter Borass.Now travellers on this circular world can see it all: from Klatch to the Ramtops, from Cori Celesti to the Circle Sea, from Genua to Bhangbhangduc. The great cities of Hunghung, Pseudopolis, Al Khali and, of course, Ankh-Morpork are placed with loving care upon this world which is carried through space by Great A'Tuin.

Archie Americana Series: Best of the Forties, Vol. 1

Vic Bloom - 1995
    In this volume, you'll journey to a bygone era and unearth the roots of an American Institution.

The Beastly Baby

Edward Gorey - 1995
    A calmly horrific tale about a most unpleasant infant everyone is trying to get rid of.

The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, Christian Speaker, Aged 45 3/4

Adrian Plass - 1995
    The author's account of serious spiritual experiences naturally made him in demand as a public speaker so of course another diary was inevitable. The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, Christian Speaker (aged 45 3/4) continues the misadventures of Adrian's fictional alter-ego. As Plass gathers regularly with his support group, we meet old friends, including his longsuffering wife, Anne; son Gerald, now grown but no less irrepressible; loony and loveable Leonard Thynn; Edwin, the wise church elder; and Richard and Doreen Cook, who are just as religious as ever. We also meet some new characters, such as Stephanie Widgeon, who only seems to have one thing to say, ever. . . and who knows, we might even find out why Leonard Thynn borrowed Adrian's cat all those years ago. And finally what is a banner ripping seminar?"

I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression

Erma Bombeck - 1995
    Whether it's cleaning up after the kids and him, or expendable mothers-in-law, Erma Bombeck gets to the heart of the matter and makes us laugh through our tears.

The Fourth Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack

Jim Davis - 1995
    CELEBRATE GARFIELD WITH THREE TIMES THE FUN!America's #1 favorite feline devours triple helpings of lasagna in one fell swoop, so it's no wonder that three delicious collections in one chubby volume would be just as appetizing! So whether he's surfing the bird bath, kicking Odie to new heights, or crooning by the light of the moon, GARFIELD shows us that three books in one is the way to go!

Pryor Convictions: and Other Life Sentences

Richard Pryor - 1995
    Reprint. 35,000 first printing."

The Groovy Greeks

Terry Deary - 1995
    This book tells you who had the world's first flushing toilet and why dedicated doctors tasted their patients' ear wax.

The Florence King Reader

Florence King - 1995

Ken's Guide to the Bible

Ken Smith - 1995
    An insider's guide to the Bible with a focus on sex, gore and lunacy.

All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned In Loehmann's Dressing Room

Erma Bombeck - 1995
    In her inimitably warm and witty style, Bombeck has discovered that the odd habits of the animal kingdom are strikingly similar to our own, and she reports her downright hilarious findings in "All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned in Loehmann's Dressing Room." Bombeck shows how close animals in the wild and humans really are, and how much we can learn from one another. The hippopotamus is a vegetarian and looks like a wall. Lions who eat only red meat are sleek and slim. Are nutritionists on the wrong track? From the garter snake transvestite, to the barn swallow who can't make a commitment, to the lion who mates eighty-six times a day, Bombeck reveals that we're not all that far removed from the animal world. An African monkey who picked the lock on every cage he'd ever been in got twenty minutes on a "National Geographic" special. Bombeck had a cousin with the same skill; he got two years.Bombeck proves that a behaviorist need not wear a safari jacket and live in a tent in order to be an expert on every facet of a species' behavior. From the aerobics classroom -- where humans defend their territory to the death by spraying their mates with their own personal perfume -- to our migratory patterns -- where, likea certain species of butterfly, we fly to Miami in hordes the minute the temperature dips below sixty, Bombeck demonstrates in her quintessential style that while animals may have more fun, longer tails, and better sex lives, the gap that separates us from the animal kingdom is closing... "fast."

The Best of Dave Barry

Dave Barry - 1995
    There's no such thing as too many laughs! Dave Barry's quirky take on American life will shed new light on popular culture.


Jessica Zafra - 1995
    Generation X icon Zafra continues her quest for world domination as she rants, complains, reminisces, and comments on anything and everything under the sun with her usual acerbic humor.

Mad About the Sixties: The Best of the Decade (Mad)

MAD Magazine - 1995
    to Batman, this is what the Sixties was all about, man!

45 + 47 Stella Street And Everything That Happened

Elizabeth Honey - 1995
    When the Phonies move into 45 Stella Street, the neighborhood is in for a shake-up, explains Henni. Former occupant Auntie Lillie's open-door welcome becomes Mr. and Mrs. Phonies' magazine house of swanky new appliances. Keep Away! The Phonies, through their attorneys, launch an artillery of snottily outrageous letters at the freindly folks at 47 Stella Street, complaining about garbage, blocked driveways, and a magenta fence! Zev, Henni, Danielle and Frank feel as if the sun has stopped shining on Stella Street. When the kids are called in for questioning, they decide to do a little detective work of their own.

Kasper in the Glitter

Philip Ridley - 1995
    After his mother's brooch is stolen, Kasper leaves his home in the land of Nowhere and journeys to the land of Glitter and Gloom to get it back, confronting great dangers in a city ruled by a fierce orphan boy.

I Fish; Therefore, I Am: And Other Observations; Three Bestselling Works Complete in One Volume; A Fine and Pleasant Misery, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?

Patrick F. McManus - 1995
    Containing over 80 slice-of-life stories by a bestselling outdoor humorist, this collection brings together for the first time three works by McManus: A Fine and Pleasant Misery, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, and They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?.

Stories from the Vinyl Cafe

Stuart McLean - 1995
    The collection features Canada's much-loved fictional family: Dave, Morley, Stephanie and Sam. Stories from the Vinyl Cafe also introduces a host of other wonderfully imagined characters, such as Margaret Dwyer, a suburban housewife who startles herself by shoplifting a pepperoni sausage, and Flora Perriton, who is consumed with thoughts of lost opportunities when an old friend passes away. Then there's Ed, who-overcome by the death of his favourite rock star-embarks on a pilgrimage to New York City to meet the singer's widow.As always, the stories in this rewarding and irreverent collection prove that Stuart McLean is indeed a national treasure.

Selected Poetry

Ogden Nash - 1995
    Gathers poems on a variety of subjects including love, marriage, parenthood, modern life, animals, aging, travel, work, and food.

The Return of Simple

Langston Hughes - 1995
    Simple, Simple to his fans, made weekly appearances beginning in 1943 in Langston Hughes' column in the Chicago Defender. Simple may have shared his readers feelings of loss and dispossession, but he also cheered them on with his wonderful wit and passion for life.

The Big Book of Conspiracies

Doug Moench - 1995
    Did the Nazi Party help form the CIA? Did aliens form the Nazi Party? Are descendants of Jesus living in France? Is Jim Morrison still alive? The answers to these questions and many more may be found inside this book - or then again not.

William At War

Richmal Crompton - 1995
    But why is it that his enthusiastic contribution is so seldom appreciated?Ten very funny stories about William - at war

Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts

Roald Dahl - 1995
    Here are six of the best known tales retold with more than a twist or two, by that master of the comic and the bloodcurdling, Roald Dahl.Dirty BeastsMeet Roald Dahl's ghastly menagerie of wonderful comic animals. The collection includes the poor toad that jumps to France, the pig who ponders on the meaning of life, and the anteater who gets the wrong end of the stick.

Womenagerie and Other Tales from the Front

Jessica Zafra - 1995
    A collection of Zafra's early columns in Woman Today magazine.

The Foreigner

Larry Shue - 1995
    When others begin to speak freely around him, he not only becomes privy to secrets both dangerous and frivolous, he also discovers an adventurous extrovert within himself.

I'm A Stranger Here Myself

Deric Longden - 1995
    Huddersfield, in Yorkshire, with its distinctive manners and customs and its wealth of remarkable characters, would surely provide him with all the material he needed for his planned book, one of the great classics of travel literature. But two years later, when he sat down to write, the major events of everyday life kept intruding: the demands of a houseful of cats, the problem of getting the cooker repaired, the memories evoked by sorting through old clothes in the wardrobe . . .Still, I'm a Stranger Here Myself is a travel book of a kind, where the most hilarious adventures can happen between the kitchen and the bathroom, and where a morning's shopping can provide enough anecdotes to last a lifetime. Once again Deric Longden demonstrates his genius for taking the most ordinary materials of life and transforming them with his own special brand of gentle, inspired humour.

Watchdog and the Coyotes

Bill Wallace - 1995
    But Sweetie, The Great Dane, can't afford to bark -- or bite. After three little nips and three masters, the next stop is the pound. So when the burglar comes calling, he waves his tail. When coyotes come prowling, he tries to make peace -- as they howl in scorn. They promise they'll return -- to eat his food, his friends, Red the Irish Setter, Poky the Beagle, and Sweetie for dessert! If Sweetie can't protect them they'll all perish! How can he outfox twelve hungry coyotes?

Absolutely Fabulous: The Complete Original Six Episodes

Jennifer Saunders - 1995
    via Comedy Central. The politically incorrect Britcom features the exploits of Edna and Patsy, the decade's dysfunctional Lucy and Ethel, as they successfully skewer the style-crazed '90s. Illustrated with loads of tawdry, fab color photos.

Compact Discworlds 1-4: The Colour of Magic/The Light Fantastic/Equal Rites/Mort

Terry Pratchett - 1995
    Discworld is a flat planet, supported on the backs of four elephants, who in turn stand on the back of the great turtle A'Tuin as it swims majestically through space.


Sylvia Branzei - 1995
    Sometimes it's crusty. And sometimes it's slimy. But hey, it's your body. Most of the time you don't find your own smells and scabs and oozes too disgusting. It's usually the same stuff on someone else's body that's really gross. But the reasons for the ickiness are identical whether it's you, your uncle, or the kid down the street. So as an Official Grossologist, you will find out a lot of sickening things about everyone.

From Beginning to End

Robert Fulghum - 1995
    They wanted words to use at graduations, funerals, and the welcoming of children. They inquired about grace at family meals, the reaffirmation of wedding vows, and ways to heal wounds suffered in personal conflict. People requested help with the rituals of solitude, such as meditation, prayer, and contemplation. . . .Rituals do not always involve words, occasions, officials, or an audience. Rituals are often silent, solitary, and self-contained. The most powerful rites of passage are reflective--when you look back on your life again and again, paying attention to the rivers you have crossed and the gates you have opened and walked on through, the thresholds you have passed over.I see ritual when people sit together silently by an open fire.Remembering.As human beings have remembered for thousands and thousands of years.FULGHUMFrom the Paperback edition.

Blackadder Goes Forth: Complete Series

Richard Curtis - 1995
    Captain Blackadder, hero of Mbot Gorge, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive. Now he finds himself crammed into a sewer, twenty yards from a lot of heavily armed people who want to kill him. Worse still, he takes his orders from two homicidal maniacs, one who called the Charge of the Light Brigade 'a victory for common sense' and the other called Darling. Ever ready with a cunning plan, Blackadder actively avoids duty by taking up art, shooting the General's favourite bird, probing the hospital nurse and learning to fly. But will his attempts to push off be enough when the Big Push comes? Rowan Atkinson stars as Captain Blackadder in Richard Curtis’ and Ben Elton’s award-winning comedy. This collection includes the following episodes: 'Captain Cook', 'Corporal Punishment', 'Major Star', 'Private Plane', 'General Hospital' and 'Goodbyeee'.3 CDs. 2 hrs 52 mins.

Me First

Helen Lester - 1995
    As always, Helen Lester's wonderfully offbeat humor and Lynn Munsinger's whimsical illustrations result in a hilarious lesson about piggishness. The picture book duo of Lester and Munsinger has created six previous books, including the award-winning TACKY THE PENGUIN.

Cat, You Better Come Home

Garrison Keillor - 1995
    One cold winter's night, the elegant Puff decides to run away from home. She goes to Europe, where she becomes fabulously rich as a TV cat food spokescat. It's the high life for Puff, dripping in diamonds and mink, until the day she meets disaster. Full color.

Pooh's Little Instruction Book

Joan Powers - 1995
    Milne provided the inspiration.Pooh, the Bear of Little Brain, has a perspective on things that is, to say the least, unique. This amusing little book offers suggestions and reminders on how to live a good life - Winnie-the-Pooh style.On topics ranging from Teatime (Proper Teas are superior to Very Nearly Teas) to Tails (they're not just a Little Bit Extra at the back), the advice proffered here could only come from that enchanted place, the Hundred Acre Wood. And it could only be inspired by Pooh, the Best Bear in All the World.

The Squirrel's Birthday and Other Parties

Toon Tellegen - 1995
    Brief, evocative, thought-provoking, and unlike anything else ever written, Toon Tellegen’s extraordinary tales are rich in unforgettable, even surrealistic images. A squirrel and an ant discover a mysterious feast with an invisible host in the depths of a forest. A whale and a seagull dance silently on a moon-drenched beach. A grasshopper pays a fortune for a speck of dust. Perfectly complemented by Jessica Ahlberg’s delicate illustrations, this collection is intelligent, moving, and funny.

A Second Mencken Chrestomathy

H.L. Mencken - 1995
    L. Mencken's astonishing career as the premier American social critic of the twentieth century. Gathered by Mencken himself before he died in 1956, this second chrestomathy ("a collection of selected literary passages," with the accent on the tom) contains writings about a variety of subjects - politics, war, music, literature, men and women, lawyers, brethren of the cloth. Some of his essays have beguiling titles - "Notes for an Honest Autobiography," "The Commonwealth of Morons," "Le Vice Anglais," "Acres of Babble," "Hooch for the Artist." All of them are a pleasure to read, and we are reminded that what Mencken wrote in the early years of this century remains applicable to a very different America.Publishers WeeklyThis book's precursor, A Mencken Chrestomathy (collection), was a bestseller in 1949; this anthology of 238 short excerpts from a range of works, selected and annotated by Mencken but unfinished, lay undisturbed in a Baltimore library until Teachout, an arts columnist for the New York Daily News, found it in 1992, while working on a Mencken biography. Teachout considers Mencken's work still immediate. Indeed, quotable lines abound: ``His public life is an endless series of evasions and false pretenses,'' writes Mencken on ``the politician under democracy.'' Baltimore's bard can be magnificent and maddening in the same passage, damning American idiocies while disparaging immigrants. But what impresses most about this collection is Mencken's breadth; few contemporary writers would assume such a broad brief, writing not only about politics, law and the clergy but also about geography, literature, music and drink. To apply a Mencken sobriquet, he was no lesser eminento. (Jan.)Library JournalSelected as a continuation of the original chrestomathy by the Baltimore iconoclast himself before his death, this logically organized sampling of his pre-Depression credos (mostly from The Smart Set and American Mercury) suggests why Mencken was to a whole generation of American youth not just a witty newspaperman with a dazzling style but a force gleefully battering America's deep-rooted Puritan inhibitions. An early champion of Sinclair Lewis, Eugene O'Neill, and Theodore Dreiser, Mencken ridiculed America's institutions, from Rotary Clubs to Harvard professors to the Senate. Sometimes wrongheaded in his judgments, he was unschooled but self-educated in music and politics. His views are sometimes racist and sexist, but they're seldom dull and-in an age of self-conscious "niceness"-never polite. Well worth dipping into.-Charles C. Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, Mo.Gilbert TaylorFollowing My Life as Author and Editor" (1993) and Fred Hobson's biography , the Menckenian revival continues apace with this sparkling successor to the first chrestomathy, which was a best-seller in 1949. More than an anthology, the second volume represents pieces (some previously unpublished) that Mencken himself selected and revised before his stroke aborted the project; another proposal to publish came to nought in 1963. Over 60 percent of the 238 items, many from Mencken's magazines Smart Set" and American Mercury", are not available elsewhere, which in itself makes the publication of this title something of a literary event. That it parades again the sage of Baltimore in his incisive, if often irksome, eloquence only confirms him as one of the better belletrists of the century. The job of discriminator of taste exists to be seized in any age, and in the teens and twenties, Mencken extolled and excoriated with idiosyncratic abandon. The books and music he reviewed have faded from memory, but his satirical exfoliations remain fresh, for example, in praise of a bartender's memoir of the bibulous arts or in contempt for a Rotarian's history of his organization. Edited by New York critic Terry Teachout, who is preparing his own biography of the provocateur, this entertaining, exasperating collection captures Mencken's gloomy view of human nature and his bright delight in stripping from it all cant and concealment.

Barcelona and Metropolitan: Tales of Two Cities (2 Screenplays)

Whit Stillman - 1995
    The canvas is richer; the mood darker.

Rumpole and the younger generation

John Mortimer - 1995
    In reminiscent mood, Horace Rumpole, barrister, looks back to his successful defence of 16-year-old Jim Timson, member of a large and industrious family of south London.

Here We Go Again: My Life In Television

Betty White - 1995
    She is one of the hardest-working actresses of any era, and her sense of humor and perennial optimism have seen her through half a century of industry changes and delighted millions of fans. Now, during Betty’s sixty-first year on screen, a year in which she has enjoyed a huge resurgence of popularity, her 1995 memoir makes a comeback too. Here We Go Again is a behind-the-scenes look at Betty’s career from her start on radio to her first show, Hollywood on Television, to several iterations of The Betty White Show and much, much more. Packed with wonderful anecdotes about famous personalities and friendships, stories of Betty’s off-screen life, and the comedienne’s trademark humor, this deliciously entertaining book will give readers an entrée into Betty’s fascinating life, confirming yet again why we can’t get enough of this funny lady.

Oh, How I Wished I Could Read!

John Gile - 1995
    Oh, How I Wished I Could Read! by John Gile produces laughs and gasps that make its "reading is vital" message a child-pleasing joy. Highly acclaimed and a national bestseller, it's a perfect book for fun-loving parents and high spirited teachers who laugh with their children and use humor to teach. Oh, How I Wished I Could Read! is used extensively in schools and even in adult literacy programs to foster reading development. In addition to being the 2011 pick for the New Orleans Literacy Extravaganza, it has been a Scholastic Book Club selection, a Teachers' Choice Award winner, a National Read America! selection, and is included in the Reading is Fundamental Book List.

Flashbacks: Twenty-Five Years of Doonesbury

G.B. Trudeau - 1995
    This unique quarter - century anniversary anthology offers the essence of the strip - over 800 daily and Sunday strips that form the core of the "Doonesbury" saga, all fully annotated to document the strip's effect on the wider world. Acclaim and outrage, ire and impact are duly noted - "Doonesbury" has left an impressive and entertaining trail of fallout, and outlasted many of it's most vocal critics. In addition, the strip's creator logs on with an introduction, and in a Q&A series addresses some of the questions he has so adroitly evaded in the past.

How to Draw a Radish: And Other Fun Things to Do at Work

Joy Sikorski - 1995
    Sturdily constucted with two pockets for special projects, organized with ten cardboard dividers, and small enough to fit in a briefcase, this handy spiralbound manual is a toy for grown-ups: playful, instructive, and absolutely irresistible.

You've Come A Long Way, Charlie Brown

Charles M. Schulz - 1995
    Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulz's death), continuing in reruns afterward. The strip is considered to be one of the most popular and influential in the history of the medium, with 17,897 strips published in all. At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages.

It's Not Easy Bein' Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs

Rodney Dangerfield - 1995
    Or Aldo's, formerly Vito's, formerly Nunzio's. That was a tough joint. I looked at the menu. They had broken leg of lamb." For once, one of America's most beloved comic icons isn't kidding. Dangerfield has seen every aspect of the entertainment industry: the rough–and–tumble nightclubs, the backstage gag–writing sessions, the drugs, the hookers, the lousy day jobs – and the red–carpet star treatment. As he traces his route from a poor childhood on Long Island to his enshrinement as a comedy legend, he takes readers on a roller–coaster ride through a life that has been alternately touching, sordid, funny, raunchy, and uplifting – equal parts "Little Orphan Annie" and "Caligula." And unlike most celebrity autobiographers, he seems to have no qualms about delivering the unfiltered whole story, warts and all.Dangerfield's personal story is also a rollicking show business tale, full of marquee name–droppings (Adam Sandler, Sam Kinison, Jim Carrey, Johnny Carson, Jerry Seinfeld) and good stories about same. Defying the old saws about the fleeting nature of fame and the dearth of second acts in American life, Dangerfield transformed himself from a debt–ridden aluminium–siding salesman named Jack Roy to a multimedia superstar – and stayed an icon for decades. His catchphrase – "I get no respect" – has entered the lexicon, and he remains a visible cultural presence and perennial talk–show guest.Dangerfield's hilarious and inspiring musings should thrill comedy fans and pop–culture watchers, and his second–act comeback will strike a chord with readers of all stripes. Maybe he'll even get some respect.

Essays and Sketches of Mark Twain

Mark Twain - 1995
    Twain speaks his mind on a variety of public issues and is especially passionate in his anti-imperialist stance. According to Twain's views on the human condition, the best to be hoped for is that we can be persuaded to rise above our selfish nature and work for the betterment of the community at large.

Cheese Chronicles: The True Story of a Rock 'n' Roll Band You Never Heard of

Tommy Womack - 1995
    Cheese Chronicles is a must-read for every wannabe musician, every kid who ever sang into a hairbrush or played lead coat hanger with the Rolling Stones blasting from the AM radio.

On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy

Mel Watkins - 1995
    Blackface minstrelsy, Stepin Fetchit, and the Amos ’n’ Andy show presented a distorted picture of African Americans; this book contrasts this image with the authentic underground humor of African Americans found in folktales, race records, and all-black shows and films. After generations of stereotypes, the underground humor finally emerged before the American public with Richard Pryor in the 1970s. But Pryor was not the first popular comic to present authentically black humor. Watkins offers surprising reassessments of such seminal figures as Fetchit, Bert Williams, Moms Mabley, and Redd Foxx, looking at how they paved the way for contemporary comics such as Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy, and Bill Cosby.

It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel

Caralyn Buehner - 1995
    The correct answer to each manners question is hidden in the picture. With hilarious artwork and many hidden animals to challenge sharp-eyed readers, this is a fun -- and surprising -- way to learn manners.

Wooden Teeth & Jelly Beans: The Tupperman Files

Ray Nelson Jr. - 1995
    Cute cartoons and illustrations, and easy-to-learn interesting and funny facts about the lives of the presidents.

Robert Doisneau: A Photographer's Life

Peter Hamilton - 1995
    A biography of the French photographer, who spoke only French and never photographed outside France's borders, discussing his work with the Renault company as well as his freelance works.

The Sensational Samburger

David Pelham - 1995
    Lit Guild.

The Million-Dollar Bear

William Kotzwinkle - 1995
    Although the Million-Dollar Bear is the most valuable teddy bear in the world, he's also the loneliest, locked up in a waterproof, burglar-proof, bulletproof vault. When he gets his freedom, he winds up in the arms of a family that adores him--even though they think he's not worth a red cent! Full color.

Astrology for the Light Side of the Brain

Kim Rogers-Gallagher - 1995
    The author teaches astrology by using images everyone can relate to: Pluto as Darth Vader; the Sun as the CEO of your horoscope; Mars as a speeding bullet or a match burst into flame. Anyone can pick this book up, laugh while reading, and gain an excellent grasp of astrological fundamentals.

Not Quite a Horsewoman

Caroline Akrill - 1995
    Engagingly witty, endearingly frank, sometimes surprising, but always amusing, Caroline Akrill reveals the frequent disasters and occasional triumphs of her long association with the world of horses. A book which will strike a chord with every horsewoman.

Jolly Roger and the Pirates of Captain Abdul

Colin McNaughton - 1995
    A rambunctious romp aboard a real pirate ship starring Roger, a swashbuckling nine-year-old miserable misfit with a supporting cast of the dirtiest, smelliest, hairiest, scariest pirates the world has ever seen!

The Aliens Are Coming!

Colin McNaughton - 1995
    This planet-shaped book introduces, in rhyme, the weird and wonderful members of an alien fleet determined to conquer Earth.

Fun with Milk and Cheese

Evan Dorkin - 1995
    This book collects the first four issues of the Eisner Award-winning series!

Walking the Bridge of Your Nose: Wordplay Poems Rhymes

Michael Rosen - 1995
    'Night, night, Knight.' An exuberant anthology of wordplay -- poetry, rhymes, riddles, tongue twisters, limericks, and other verbal tomfoolery. Michael Rosen's love and enthusiasm for language is infectious in this delightful, witty collection that's fun to read and even more fun to recite. From sections of Silly Patter to Nursery Crimes (familiar rhymes with a twist), Rosen knows well the humor that appeals to his young readers. Vibrant illustrations add a touch of visual wit as well.

The Fairly Incomplete and Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Songbook

Graham Chapman - 1995
    And now for something completely different, from the Brits who brought us "The Spam Song" and "Every Sperm Is Sacred" comes this zany collection of Monty Python song lyrics (with music for playing along at home), interspersed with numerous photos and the wonderful art of Terry Gilliam.

A Prairie Home Christmas

Garrison Keillor - 1995
    Bergy's Christmas; Solstice Medley; The Christmas Pageant; There Are Angels Hovering Round; O Little Town of Bethlehem.

The Dumb Bunnies' Easter

Sue Denim - 1995
    Full color. 32 pp. Ages 5-8. Pub: 3/98.

McManus Treasuries, 4 Vol. (Boxed)

Patrick F. McManus - 1995
    McManus's zany books on outdoor life are available in an attractively boxed set. Contains The Grasshopper Trap, A Fine and Pleasant Misery, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, and They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?

The Politically Correct Ultimate Storybook: Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Politically Correct Holiday Stories, Once Upon a More Enlightened Time

James Finn Garner - 1995
    and were translated into 20 languages. Garner's incisive and hilarious books took age-old bedtime and holiday stories and made them into politically correct tales of our day. His original humor, filled with social commentary, is well-known by readers around the country -- most recently in his new book Apocalypse Wow!

Just Another Ordinary Day

Rod Clement - 1995
    But don’t be fooled by this deceptively simple story—readers will soon find out that Amanda is no ordinary girl! Best-selling Australian artist Rod Clement has created a wickedly funny picture book in which the artwork tells an extraordinary story of ‘just another ordinary day.’

The Happy Mutant Handbook

Mark Frauenfelder - 1995
    In the right hands, this is a delightfully subversive manual for a lifetime of fun. This is the do-it-yourself handbook for enjoying our media-saturated world by tinkering with how it works. Pulls together the kookiest and most engaging ideas from the Internet, great suggestions on "culture jamming" (a practice of co-opting the resources, messages, and brain-washing machinery of existing media, pioneered by Adbusters magazine), and generally jam-packed with loads of fun ideas and funny material. Notable contributors include Bruce Sterling, Rudy Rucker, R.U. Sirius, Richard Kadrey, and that most prolific of all authors, Anonymous. (Editor's note: In some ways, the Happy Mutant philosophy is the cyberspawn of the behavioral shenanigans of the Dadaists, Surrealists, or the lesser-known but more interesting Situationists. )

Are You Being Served?: The Inside Story of Britain's Funniest and Public Television's...

Adrian Rigelsford - 1995
    If you've ever wanted to know what makes Mr. Humphries tick or just how many colors Mrs. Slocombe's hair could be, this is the book for you.

A Little Better Than Plumb: The Biography of a House

Henry E. Giles - 1995
    To longtime Giles fans and new readers alike, these reminiscences of family, friends, a river, and a roof offer a charming visit to rural Kentucky in the late 1950s.

Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies

Harriet Peck Taylor - 1995
    Playing their own trick, they carry Coyote home without his salt. Coyote is completely confused—until the third time when Coyote wakes up at home with his salt and discovers the butterflies have been having a bit of fun.

Spaghetti Bros., Volume 1

Carlos Trillo - 1995
    Volume One captures the first stories of love and hate of this Italian American family.

Don't Fence Me in: An Anecdotal Biography of Lewis Grizzard

Chuck Perry - 1995
    This unique biography of the bestselling author and columnist has been compiled by the people who knew him best and were closest to him at various stages of his life, including his lifelong friend Dudley Stamps, his first editor Jim Minter, and Tim Jarvis, his friend and tennis partner. 30 photos.

The Best of Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker - 1995
    Parker was a famed wit, writer and member of the Algonquin Round Table, the group of New York critics in the heyday of the 1920s.

Ronald Reagan: The Wisdom and Humour of the Great Communicator

Frederick J. Ryan Jr. - 1995
    In a unique collection of photographs and quotations, a celebration of the warmth, wisdom, and humor of Ronald Reagan.

Book for Bad Boys and Girls

R. Kent Rasmussen - 1995
    With themes including "honesty is not always the best policy," "the wicked are not always punished," and "virtue is often its only reward," this delightfully mischievous book includes such incorrigible advice as: "If your mother tells you to do a thing, it is wrong to reply that you won't. It is better and more becoming to intimate that you will do as she bids you, and then afterward act quietly in the manner according to the dictates of your best judgment."

An Interesting Life: Selections from Mama Makes Up Her Mind

Bailey White - 1995
    Here is a collection of the south Georgia teacher's finest essays.

When You Lick A Slug, Your Tongue Goes Numb: Kids Share Their Wit & Wisdom With H. Jackson Brown (Gift Books)

H. Jackson Brown Jr. - 1995
    Illustrated in full colour.

Sayings Of Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker - 1995
    Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the part of the scandalous young woman who worked her way up from freelance critic at "Vanity Fair" to one of the country's most renowned and quoted humorists.

The Stories Huey Tells

Ann Cameron - 1995
    When Huey has bad dreams, Julian says his are scarier. When Huey wants to study animal tracks, Julian says he's too young. But Huey isn't a baby. He's an adventurer, a chef, a tracker, and a scout. And he's about to show Julian—and the world—all that he can do.

Miss Manners on Painfully Proper Weddings

Judith Martin - 1995
    In her trademark bossy, witty, and authoritative way, Miss Manners gives advice that will make the big day more pleasant for one and all, including the bride. 15 line drawings.