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Men at Arms: The Play

Terry Pratchett - 1997
    Since the captain of the City Watch has left the force to become a gentleman, Discworld is in search of a few good cops. And being a cop in this unpredictable universe is no easy job, so the search goes on for a few good trolls, dwarves, and such.


Tedd Arnold - 1997
    The last straw is a loose tooth, which convinces him of the awful truth his parts are coming unglued!Parts deals with a subject of deepest interest to every young child: the stuff our bodies shed.

The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren - 1997
    Since Pippi Longstocking was first published in 1950, the escapades of the incomparable Pippi,the girl with upside-down braids and no parents to tell her what to do, have delighted boys and girls alike. Now, for the first time, Pippi Longstocking, Pippi Goes on Board, andPippi in the South Seas are all together in one bumper volume, with new illustrations in full-color and black-and-white.The collection is an ideal introduction for anyone discovering Pippi for the first time, while confirmed fans will enjoy revisiting their favorite episodes and recalling some they've forgotten. Her admirers will also find fascinating new biographical information about author Astrid Lindgren and the origin of the Pippi stories. Astrid Lindgren was awarded the 1958 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her contribution to international children's literature.

Pugad Baboy One

Pol Medina Jr. - 1997
    Only 800 copies were published and every one of them is sold in three weeks.

Red Ranger Came Calling

Berkeley Breathed - 1997
    A moody young boy living with his aunt on an island, "Red" Breathed sees himself as the "Red Ranger from Mars", his hero from the movie serials, and cannot picture life without the gift of a Red Ranger bicycle. Red is far too "swanky a human being" to believe in Santa Claus, but nevertheless he pays a visit to the aged island hermit, Lord Sander Clos, rumored to be the legendary man himself, now living in lonely, joyless retirement. This meeting triggers an emotional response within the self-absorbed Red and leads to the most remarkable bicycle ever delivered on Christmas morning.

5 Novels: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars / Slaves of Spiegel / The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death / The Last Guru / Young Adult Novel

Daniel Pinkwater - 1997
    (Adults may know him as a frequent commentator on National Public Radio, essayist, book reviewer, and the author of The Afterlife Diet). Well over a million copies of his books have been sold win the first, The Terrible Roar, was published in 1970.

FoxTrot Beyond a Doubt

Bill Amend - 1997
    Between son Jason's elaborate schemes, daughter Paige's attempts at cooking, and son Peter's indoor football games, life is rarely dull for parents Andy and Roger Fox.In this treasury, which is comprised of bestsellers At Least This Place Sells T-Shirts and The Return of the Lone Iguana, the Foxes find themselves again surviving an amusing round of adventure, from their summer vacation at Fun-Fun Universe, to Paige's adventures in baby-sitting, to Jason's inaugural ice-cream date. At the same time, the Foxes also face a variety of real-life situations, from thermostat wars to forced vegetarianism to Roger's challenges with a workplace efficiency expert. All in all, this spirited family of five gives fans by the millions a daily dose of reality with a side-splitting helping of humor.

Henry & Ramona

Cynthia J. McGean - 1997
    A short play for children based on the characters Henry Huggins and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, created by Beverly Cleary.


Dr. Seuss - 1997
    Seuss have helped many a child (and grownup) along the complicated road of life. For those who need reminders, here is a collection of some of the good doctor's wisest and wittiest sayings, on subjects as varied as "Equality and Justice" and "Facing Up to Adversity" to "The Art of Eating" and "The First Nerd"! A perfect gift for all occasions, ideal for sharing among generations--now with a "gift tag" on the jacket flap for consumers to personalize!

My Family Right Or Wrong

Ephraim Kishon - 1997
    Light, humerous, and entertaining.

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories

Tim Burton - 1997
    Now he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children – misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds. His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and the tragedy of these dark yet simple beings – hopeful, hapless heroes who appeal to the ugly outsider in all of us, and let us laugh at a world we have long left behind (mostly anyway).

Arthur Babysits

Marc Brown - 1997
    volunteers Arthur to babysit the terrible Tibble twins, notorious for their mischief. The situation gets out of control, but Arthur comes up with a great idea to get the twins to behave. Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.

The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book

Robert Crumb - 1997
    Crumb Coffee Table Art Book was hailed as an original & audacious celebration of artistic genius & American popular culture. This paperback edition makes the best of this author available in a price that fans of comic book art are sure to appreciate.

The Mitford Years Boxed Set Volumes 1-3

Jan Karon - 1997
    There are 30 million copies of Jan Karon’s books in print.This boxed set includes:At Home in MitfordA Light in the WindowThese High, Green Hills

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Bill Bryson - 1997
    If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way—and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

The Man with the Black Coat: Russia's Literature of the Absurd

Daniil Kharms - 1997
    It discloses a little-known tradition of absurdism that persisted during the Stalinist period, a testimony to both the hardiness of the Russian imagination in the face of socialist realism and the vitality of an important cultural and literary tradition.

The Evil Garden

Edward Gorey - 1997
    They soon realize their mistake, as harrowing sounds and evidence of foul play emerge. When humongous hairy bugs, famished carnivorous plants, ferocious fruit-guarding bears, and a sinister strangling snake take charge, the family's ominous feelings turn to full-on panic—but where's the exit?Edward Gorey leads us through this nefarious garden with a light step. His unmistakable drawings paired with engaging couplets produce giggles, not gasps. Perhaps The Evil Garden is a morality tale; perhaps it's simply an enigmatic entertainment. Whatever the interpretation, it's a prime example of the iconic storytelling genius that is Edward Gorey.Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 3/15/2011 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up

Enter Jeeves: 15 Early Stories

P.G. Wodehouse - 1997
    Many are unaware, however, that Bertie had a prototype — Reggie Pepper — who stumbled into the same worrying situations involving old school chums with romantic troubles, irate female relatives, threatening suitors, and other troublemakers.This is the only collection to contain the first eight Jeeves short stories as well as the complete Reggie Pepper series. Included are such delightful tales as "Extricating Young Gussie," "The Aunt and the Sluggard," Leave It to Jeeves," "Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg," "Absent Treatment, "Rallying Round Clarence," "Concealed Art," and more.Awash in an eternal glow of old-boy camaraderie, these stories offer hours of delightfully diverting entertainment sure to recaptivate Wodehouse fans of old as well as tickling the fancy of new readers, who will soon find themselves caught up in the splendidly superficial antics of Messrs. Wooster, Jeeves, Pepper, et al.

McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm: Three Tall Tales

Sid Fleischman - 1997
    But McBroom knows he's got the better of the bargain when the pond dries up to reveal an acre of soil so rich that seeds spring up into full-grown plants in no time and even nickels grow into quarters.

Cats and Dogs: Mutts II

Patrick McDonnell - 1997
    Earl and Mooch interact with each other, their human guardians and a large cast of neighborhood animals.Mutts explores the special bond between animals and their guardians, and the endearing friendship of Earl, the dog, and Mooch, the cat. It strikes a delicate balance between joy, fun and responsible social commentary. Mutts has been recognized for its distinctive style, heartwarming humor and compassionate advocacy for animal issues.

Double Trouble in Walla Walla

Andrew Clements - 1997
    "Mrs. Bell, I feel like a nit-wit. My homework is all higgledy-piggledy. Last night it was in tip-top shape, but not it's a big mish-mash." With those few words, things become not so ordinary after all, for it seems that Lulu has opened up a super-duper, helter-skelter WORD WARP. Luckily for Lulu and the rest of the English-speaking world, the school nurse has an idea about how to handle this hodge-podge of topsy-turvy chit-chat. Will it work? Zig-zag through the jibber-jabber and the yakety-yak to find out!

The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family

Matt Groening - 1997
    Today, The Simpsons is the longest-running animated series of all time (dethroning The Flintstones in February 1997), and an intrinsic part of pop culture.The Simpsons Complete Guide to your Favourite Show is a celebration of this family's phenomenal decade. Arranged by season, the book covers each episode of the television show, with the special episodes (the annual Halloween show, "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" and "Krusty Gets Kancelled") receiving eyeball-busting two-page spreads. In addition, special sidebars are sprinkled throughout, showing:Simpsons firstsBart's chalkboard linesTop HomerismsAn Itchy & Scratchy filmographyA Springfield timelineThings the audience may have missedHighlighting the best of every show, The Simpsons is the ultimate celebration of the cartoon family that has kept the world in stitches. It is the ultimate must-have for all Simpsons aficionados.


Margie Palatini - 1997
    None of Moose's coping strategies seem to work until he meets a fetching female with a similar problem, and her solution to bad hair days is so outrageous that just might work.

A Baby Blues Treasury: The Super-Absorbent, Biodegradable, Family-Size Baby Blues

Rick Kirkman - 1997
    Cartoons provide a humorous view of the frustrations and rewards of parenthood as Wanda and Darryl adjust to life with young children Zoe and Ham.

More Shtuff - Mutts III

Patrick McDonnell - 1997
    Earl and Mooch interact with each other, their human guardians and a large cast of neighborhood animals.Mutts explores the special bond between animals and their guardians, and the endearing friendship of Earl, the dog, and Mooch, the cat. It strikes a delicate balance between joy, fun and responsible social commentary. Mutts has been recognized for its distinctive style, heartwarming humor and compassionate advocacy for animal issues.

Clerks & Chasing Amy

Kevin Smith - 1997
    Clerks was the independent film success story of 1994, winning the Prix de la Jeunesse and the International Critics Week Award at Cannes, and the Filmmakers' Trophy at Sundance. Set in the everyday world of a New Jersey QuickStop and its adjacent video store, the film revolves around the obsessions, love lives, and friendships of the clerks. Janet Maslin of the New York Time called it "a buoyant comedy...and exuberant display of ingenuity," and Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times raves, "Clerks is boisterous and irreverently example of what is best and most hopeful about the American independent film scene."

Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousing

Patrick F. McManus - 1997
    In McManus's world, nothing is what it should be. All steaks should be chicken-fried, strong coffee is drunk by the light of a campfire, and fishing trips consist of men acting like boys and boys behaving like the small animals we've always assumed they were.

Grandpa's Teeth

Rod Clement - 1997
    Soon everyone in town is smiling -- all the time -- and their ghastly grins are frightening the tourists away. Can the culprit be caught before the whole town cracks upPopular Australion cartoonist Rod Clement, illustrator of Edward The Emu and Edwina The Emu by Sheena Knowles, has created a rollicking whodunit with a surprise ending that will have readers grinning from ear to ear.00-01 CA Young Reader Medal Masterlist

McAuslan in the Rough

George MacDonald Fraser - 1997
    Wodehouse did for the English.

The Sharpshooter Blues

Lewis Nordan - 1997
    This heartbreaking novel from award-winning Mississippi writer Lewis Nordan is a meditation upon guns and love, all kinds of love -between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, gay lovers, friends.

The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan

W.S. Gilbert - 1997
    Gilbert's verses for Sullivan's music are the most fastidiously turned and inventively rhymed in all lyric comedy. As the Savoy Operas enter their second century on a swell of renewed popularity, Gilbert's reputation as the supreme wordsmith of light opera remains secure. Complete and authentic, these are the librettos on which modern performances and recordings are based. Scattered among the songs are over seventy of the amusing, quirky pictures Gilbert drew to illustrate them. A chronology prepared for this edition sketches the authors' lives and careers. This is a book that no lover of Gilbert and Sullivan, musical comedy, or indeed the English theater will want to be without.

Ride a Purple Pelican

Jack Prelutsky - 1997
    But it is not hard to believe that they Will be chanted and sung about for generations to come! Jack Prelutsky and Garth Williams have created a nursery world, peopled with unforgettable characters. Come and meet your new friends. They will be old friends soon!


Philip Ridley - 1997
    He has no friends but receives a mysterious invitation to join the Scribbleboy Fan Club. The one and only founding member is Ziggy Fuzz. His vital mission is to spread the word about Scribbleboy and his amazing scribbles which years ago transformed the gloomy grey concrete of the neighbourhood.

State by State with the State: An Uninformed, Poorly Researched Guide to the US

The State - 1997
    From a popular comedy troupe that found fame with a stint on MTV comes for the first time a printed version of its irreverent, topical, and odd-ball humor in the form of a mock travel guide covering all fifty states in America.

Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash

Sarah Weeks - 1997
    Nelly McNosh brings out a barrel and does a big wash.Mrs. McNosh's wash is certainly big—and definitely wacky. You'll be surprised to see what is hanging on her clothesline by the end of the day!Sarah Weeks's hilarious tale, complemented by Nadine Bernard Westcott's lighthearted illustrations, is perfect for reading aloud.Don’t forget to check out these other children’s books by Sarah Weeks:Baa-Choo!Drip, DropLizzy McTizzy and the Busy Dizzy DayMac and CheeseMac and Cheese and the Perfect PlanOh My Gosh, Mrs. McNoshPip SqueakSplish, Splash!Woof: A Love StoryWithout You

Play with Your Food

Joost Elffers - 1997
    No special tools or techniques are needed, just you -- and your child's -- imagination.

News from Lake Wobegon: Fall

Garrison Keillor - 1997
    Funny and touching, these monologues from original live broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion focus on the fall season.Includes: "Giant Decoys," "Daryl Tollerud's Long Day," and "Thanksgiving."

L.A. Story and Roxanne: Screenplays

Steve Martin - 1997
    It's easy to see why Mr. Martin, who wrote the film...was moved to reinvent this role...Mr. Martin's screenplay is bighearted and funny.' The New York Times

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

Louis Sachar - 1997
    He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls. No one likes him-except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren't afraid to try. But when you feel like the most-hated kid in the whole school, believing in yourself can be the hardest thing in the world...

The Haunted Tea-Cosy

Edward Gorey - 1997
    What is Gorey's moral? Don't eat fruitcake? Don't look for morals? Don't mess with the classics? Whatever. You decide. But don't think too hard, and have a Merry Christmas.

The Seventh Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack

Jim Davis - 1997
    This omnibus edition starring everyone's favorite fat cat contains volumes 19- 21 of the widely popular Garfield book series: Garfiled Hangs out (volume 19) Garfield Takes Up Space (volume 20) Garfield Says a Mouthful (volume 21)

Sherman's Lagoon: Ate That, What's Next?

Jim Toomey - 1997
    Then there was the Little Mermaid. Today, thanks to Jim Toomey, it's Sherman's Lagoon, a satirical, sea-floor look at popular culture as showcased through the lives of a lovable shark and his waterborne cronies. Sherman's the somewhat dim-witted but happy-go-lucky shark who takes us for a wonderful ride beneath the waves. This Jaws-less jokester teams up with a veritable school of bottom-dwelling denizens to deliver one of the funniest creations on land or sea. With an imaginative storyline and creatively rendered characters, Sherman's Lagoon has captured a considerable following.  Sherman—who never allows thinking to interfere with life's simple pleasures, especially eating—is joined by Fillmore, his trusty turtle sidekick; Megan, his significant shark other; Hawthorne, the irascible hermit crab; and a host of other Neptunian neighbors occupying the lagoon of an imaginary South Pacific island called Kapupu.  In Sherman's Lagoon: Ate That, What's Next?, this cast of coral reef critters never fails to amuse. Consider Sherman opening a wrapped holiday gift box only to find a putrid dead fish—and loving it! Or the day he and Fillmore contemplate plunging to the deepest depths of the ocean, in order to recover Fillmore's fumbled Ninja Turtle Decoder Ring. The fun and laughs never end!

Scud: The Disposable Assassin Vol. 3 - Solid Gold Bomb

Rob Schrab - 1997
    The biggest Fireman Press trade paperback yet! This book picks up where "Programmed For Damage" leaves off. Scud fights the first werewolf to land on the moon, gets back his robot arm, wins the Mr. Tough Guy competition, gets laid, and comes to blows with his two greateast enemies: Voodoo Ben and Jeff. This collection of works features the introductions to Sussudio, Oswald and the Superior Alien Military Patriot.

Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear

Lesléa Newman - 1997
    Based on her popular column, which ran in lesbian and gay periodicals across the country, this series of fictional comedy/adventures stars femme author Leslea Newman and her beloved butch, Flash.

True Love

Robert Fulghum - 1997
    An irresistible collection of real-life love stories, mixed with Robert Fulghum's own quirky insights and unmistakable homespun observations, True Love tells the many unpredictable tales of love. Here it is: the intriguing story of the woman who marries her mother's high school flame; a man who learns that "old love" and new pajamas are a dangerous mix; a man who miraculously reunites with his first love (after 20 years) on an LA freeway; the touching tale of a husband's love for his wife after her disabling stroke; a 14-year-old's philosophy of looking for love on the boardwalk; the brief moment of connection of a smile shared at a stoplight; and so many more.

Living Somewhere Between Estrogen and Death

Barbara Johnson - 1997
    Living Somewhere Between Estrogen and Death is your wise and witty guide to the joys and challenges of aging gleefully."They say the best way to grow old is not to be in a hurry about it and Lord knows, I've put it off for as long as I could," says Barbara. But old age happens without any effort on our part. If you're alive, you're getting older. So what happens when you find yourself between menopause and LARGE PRINT? This best-selling author offers a delightful recipe for living life to the fullest in your later years and spices it with loads of laughter. She shows how she came to her own decision to age ferociously instead of gracefully.From savoring the "here and now" to preparing for our glorious future in heaven, Living Somewhere Between Estrogen and Death is a lighthearted and encouraging book on the joys and problems of growing older. You'll laugh at Barbara Johnson's zany insights on aging.

Honey, Hush!: An Anthology of African American Women's Humor

Daryl Cumber Dance - 1997
    The eloquent wit and laughter of African American women are presented here in all their written and spoken manifestations: autobiographies, novels, essays, poems, speeches, comic routines, proverbial sayings, cartoons, mimeographed sheets, and folk tales. The chapters proceed thematically, covering the church, love, civil rights, motherly advice, and much more.

Dark Knights And Dingy Castles

Terry Deary - 1997
    Find out about dreadful dungeons, ghastly ghosts, and the famous Saint George.

The Terrible Tudors and The Slimy Stuarts

Terry Deary - 1997
    As antislavery crusader John Brown gathers men and arms at a small farm near Harper's Ferry, seventeen-year-old Annie Brown must decide: Is her father a visionary or a madman?

No More Homework! No More Tests!: Kids' Favorite Funny School Poems

Bruce Lansky - 1997
    These hilarious poems were written by a number of poets, including Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, David L. Harrison, Colin McNaughton, Carol Diggory Shields, Kalli Dakos, and Bruce Lansky. Sillier than a teacher with hiccups, funnier than toilet paper stuck to the bottom of the principal’s shoe, it is certain to have readers laughing by the first page. This book puts the cool back in school and makes students WANT to write and read poetry. Appropriate for Grades 1-6, and Ages 5-12.

Inconspicuous Consumption: An Obsessive Look at the Stuff We Take for Granted, from the Everyday to the Obscure

Paul Lukas - 1997
    He wanders the aisles of supermarkets, hardware stores, and secondhand shops, taking obsessively detailed notice of products and services that are either too obscure or weird for us to notice, or so ubiquitous that we've stopped seeing them at all. He reviews them all in his acclaimed 'zine, Beer Frame: The Journal of Inconspicuous Consumption. In Inconspicuous Consumption you'll find the very best of these hilarious reviews - 100 products and services that add up to an irresistible read. From kitschy novelties and wildly unappetizing food products to beautifully functional items, Inconspicuous Consumption is a delightful celebration of the sometimes elegant, sometimes ridiculous, and always unsung fringes of our late-twentieth-century consumer culture.

Remarkable Animals (mini edition): Mix & Match to Create 100 Crazy Creatures

Tony Meeuwissen - 1997
    In this Mini Edition, Tony Meeuwissen's witty interchangeable text and beautifully detailed artwork combine to make an exceptional novelty book.

Quantum and Woody: The Director's Cut

Christopher J. Priest - 1997
    But, they were not a couple. They were best friends. One day, Woody disappeared from their sheltered uppercrust life, abandoning his best friend. But, they were not a couple.Now these two former best friends are stuck with each other for the rest of their lives, trying to make sense of everything as superheroes. But they are not a couple. Can Quantum & Woody--and their pet goat, Vincent--handle the new responsibility thrust upon them, o will they drive each other crazy?


Jules Older - 1997
    Where is the Brown Swiss cow from?2. How much milk does a cow produce in a day?3. Which one of the cow's four stomachs rhymes with "Yo! Chase 'em!"?The answers to these and many other questions about cows can be found in the amusing but factual book about, you guessed it, COWS!With his clever and humorous text, Jules Older has again collaborated with popular Ben & Jerry's illustrator Lyn Severance. This book is chock-full of facts with rich, bold colors that shouldn't be missed.

License to Dream

Pat Brady - 1997
    The strip stars child-at-heart Rose and her ASD (Attentiveness Surplus Disorder) husband Jimbo. Their gentle son Pasquale is watched over by his Guardian Angel who morphs from tiny cherub into gargantuan protector. Family kitten Peekaboo boasts that her humans are the cutest in town. Readers relish the romance in Rose and Jimbo's marriage, yet cheer the emergence of Rose's rebel alter ego, the fearless, wild and ready-to-roll Vicki the Biker.

Life of the Party

Mary Fleener - 1997
    In a gloriously straightforward manner, Mary Fleener illustrates her oftentimes decadent social experiences in this complete collection of her autobiographical comics work. The tableaux she weaves are a candid take on the party scene of Southern California, but what is most distinctive isn't her storytelling--it's her art. She has developed a unique style that she calls "cubismo": a blend of underground comix and cubism. She uses this style to convey changes in mental states--specifically, changes in the subjective fields of experience--whether from anger, frustration, or drug use. A truly remarkable achievement.


Chad Carpenter - 1997
    This is an important addition to any self-respecting bathroom library!

The Waiting Game

Bernice Rubens - 1997
    Cross keeps a tally of residents' deaths, and Mrs. Bellamy decides she can't take it any more and slits her throat. Meanwhile, two newcomers also cause disturbance, as hidden pasts, unusual sexual preferences, and wickedly dark humor are mixed to delicious effect.

Scud: The Disposable Assassin Vol. 4 - The Yellow Horseman

Rob Schrab - 1997
    This book finishes your Scud collection with HORSE. Scud and Sussudio battle The Producer, the evils of Middle Earth, jocks, and utter damnation all in the final five Scud books.

25 Surprising Marriages: Faith-Building Stories from the Lives of Famous Christians

William J. Petersen - 1997
    In fact, the dynamic personalities of great leaders, mixed with the difficult circumstances and sacrifices of their vocations, made for many surprises along the marital journey. Writing in an entertaining narrative style, Petersen describes the quiet strength of Polly Newton, Emma Moody, and Susie Spurgeon, long-suffering women who helped refine their "diamond-in-the-rough" husbands. He recounts the "storybook romance" that was William and Mary Bryan's marriage and the mutual admiration society of Billy and Nell Sunday. But Petersen also sheds light on unions that were far from blissful, including those of authors Hannah Whitall Smith and Grace Livingston Hill. Whether the marriages in these pages were solid or shaky, they all hold valuable lessons for dealing with universal issues such as financial worries, temptation, separation, and personality differences.

Minority Report

H.L. Mencken - 1997
    Now, fifty years after Mencken’s death, the Johns Hopkins University Press announces The Buncombe Collection, newly packaged editions of nine Mencken classics: Happy Days, Heathen Days, Newspaper Days, Prejudices, Treatise on the Gods, On Politics, Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper Work, Minority Report, and A Second Mencken Chrestomathy.In 1956, Mencken read through his notebooks and extracted those pieces he thought truest, most pertinent, most precise, or most likely to blow the dust out of a reader's brain.

Mad About the Fifties

MAD Magazine - 1997
    Travel back to the wacky Fifties in this comic compilation of the best of MAD's early years! From the Cold War and Richard Nixon (the first time around) to Howdy Doody and Mickey Mouse, this one's got it all...and then some!

The Cut-Throat Celts

Terry Deary - 1997
    Terry Deary's take on Celtic history, nude fighting, human head collection, laughing at funerals, suffering Saints and Dreadful Druids.

The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo

Sue Denim - 1997
    Dav Pilkey's beloved Dumb Bunnies return in their second silly adventure--now in Scholastic Bookshelf!From BOOKLIST: "A supremely silly adventure. This time out the dim-witted trio go to the zoo, where they spot a butterfly hovering over the sign "Lion" in front of the big cat's cage and figure the butterfly is the lion. Announcing that "THE LION IS LOOSE," they almost start a riot. As in the first two books, much of the humor is visual: the buck toothed bunnies' garden grows SWEET POTATOES that smooch, and MUMS that look just like mom.... Pint-size fans and their good-humored parents should equally enjoy this one."

The Disheveled Dictionary: A Curious Caper Through Our Sumptuous Lexicon

Karen Elizabeth Gordon - 1997
    But one can find this Creole French word delectably defined in THE DISHEVELED DICTIONARY, which does for vocabulary what Gordon's cult classic THE WELL-TEMPERED SENTENCE did for punctuation and THE TRANSITIVE VAMPIRE did for grammar. THE DISHEVELED DICTIONARY takes a voluptuary's approach to language, offering a lavish feast of words and their multiple uses. Favorite characters from Gordon's earlier books appear in cameo, including Yolanta, Jonquil Mapp, cowboys with lingerie, and assorted royal riffraff. With her trademark cache of illustrations and flamboyantly gothic examples, Gordon takes readers on a hedonist's tour of the world of words, where they can check into the Last Judgment Pinball Machine Motel, slip into susurrant silk pajamas at Cafe Frangipane, or plunge into scenes from such literary works as Torpor in the Swing,The Wretch of Lugubria, and Gossamer and the Green Light. Laced with erudite insights and eccentric wit, THE DISHEVELED DICTIONARY is about the music of speech and the sound and sensuality of language, celebrating not only the obsure but also our most beloved and basic words.

Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg and other stories

P.G. Wodehouse - 1997
    Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975) published more than 120 books.

O Holy Cow!: The Selected Verse

Phil Rizzuto - 1997
    For more than a quarter century the Bard of the Booth captured great moments in baseball—and effortlessly interwove them with essential and often hilarious insights into the human condition.In loving commemoration and celebration of the life and career of an exceptional Man of Baseball, this new edition of O Holy Cow! includes a new foreword by baseball legend Bobby Murcer, a new poem written by editors Tom Peyer and Hart Seely, and more than sixty additional never-before-published masterworks of short, impromptu verse that capture the unmistakable voice of the unforgettable Rizzuto.

Swingers: The Swingers' Rules and a Screenplay

Jon Favreau - 1997
    Here are The Swingers Rules, the do's and don'ts of dating in the club scene as explained by Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn.

Erma Bombeck: A Life in Humor

Susan Edwards - 1997
    For more than three decades, she charmed a nation with her sassy irreverence for long-held traditions, tempered by a delightful good humor...and, always deep, abiding love. Erma Bombeck: A Life in Humor is Erma remembered as she would have wanted to be remembered. It is a celebration of an all-too-brief but ultimately triumphant life - and an extraordinary, indomitable woman whom we loved dearly for making us laugh at ourselves - generously sprinkled with the warm, wise and potent wit that is uniquely, hilariously, eternally...Erma Bombeck.

The Collected Checkered Demon

S. Clay Wilson - 1997
    His wild stories of pirates, bikers, and deviants, centering around the character of the Checkered Demon, have kept their humor and philosophical bent while keeping their author far from mainstream comics publishing.

Scud: The Disposable Assassin Vol. 2 - Programmed For Damage

Rob Schrab - 1997
    This is the only place you'll ever be able to find issue 5. PLUS: Foreward by Mondy Carter. Idiot guides to cast list and Jeff samples. "Scud in a nut shell." Original sketches of Scud characters. Prose from Dan Harmon, the mail room marauder. This book relives Scud's journey down south, his rematch with Jeff, his human arm, his introduction to Drywall and his brief stint with an afro.

The Amber Brown Collection

Paula Danziger - 1997
    Includes Amber Brown is Not a Crayon, You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown and Amber Brown Goes Fourth.

The Von Hoffmann Bros.' Big Damn Book Of Sheer Manliness

Todd Von Hoffmann - 1997
    Who would have ever thought "manliness" was an art form? This ultimate celebration of authentic, rip-snorting, chest-thumping manhood exuberantly details the pastimes, amusements, and passions that define the term. 300 photos & illustrations.

Bouncing Back: I've Survived Everything... and I Mean Everything...and You Can Too!

Joan Rivers - 1997
    -- I've Been Through It All. This degree comes not on parchment but on gauze, and it entitles me to tell you that there is a way to get through any misfortune." -- From Bouncing BackSurvival stratagems from Joan RiversWhatever doesn't kill you makes you strongerAnd always remember: Surviving is the best revengeLook at Alexander Graham Bell, who did 22,000 experiments before he hit on the telephone. Just a few more and he would have had call waitingWhenever I hit bottom, the only thing I think of was set down by Jerome Kern: Pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again. Dr. Kevorkian will get no call from me, unless I think he'd look good in a brooch.A fiercely honest and moving story of how Joan Rivers, one of comedy's greatest stars, survived the worst that life could throw at her, how she hit bottom and then made it back to the top.

Very Bad Poetry

Kathryn Petras - 1997
    Writing very bad poetry requires talent. It helps to have a wooden ear for words, a penchant for sinking into a mire of sentimentality, and an enviable confidence that allows one to write despite absolutely appalling incompetence.The 131 poems collected in this first-of-its-kind anthology are so glaringly awful that they embody a kind of genius. From Fred Emerson Brooks' "The Stuttering Lover" to Matthew Green's "The Spleen" to Georgia Bailey Parrington's misguided "An Elegy to a Dissected Puppy," they mangle meter, run rampant over rhyme, and bludgeon us into insensibility with their grandiosity, anticlimax, and malapropism.Guaranteed to move even the most stoic reader to tears (of laughter), Very Bad Poetry is sure to become a favorite of the poetically inclined (and disinclined).

I Smell Christmas: Scratch-and-sniff Book

Mercer Mayer - 1997
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Discworld's Unseen University Diary 1998

Terry Pratchett - 1997
    Also included is a brief history of Discworld, a guide to the people and places, events in the Discworld year and a map of Ankh-Morpork.

Forty Reasons Why Life Is More Fun After the Big 40

Liz Curtis Higgs - 1997
    It's all original and mostly true! Not to mention, very funny.

The Communion Letters

Whitley Strieber - 1997
    No one knows who or what they are. But due to the intense investigations of the past few years, resulting from the publication of the controversial bestseller "Communion, " their reality is no longer a question.These letters, often awkward, sometimes incredulous and always searingly honest, document the fact that hundreds of thousands have experienced the "Communion" phenomena: childhood visitations, the "nine knocks, " mysterious scars and implants, abductions, sexual encounters and "black sedans."It's all here. Unvarnished and irrefutable. Assembled for the first time, these letters lead us to the heart of the greatest mystery of our age. For it is in these authentic personal encounters of ordinary men and women that we come closest to the truth about who They are and what They want with us. In the dramatic words of Whitley Strieber, these letters report -- a courtship.

Lap Dancing for Mommy: Tender Stories of Disgust, Blame and Inspiration

Erika Lopez - 1997
    Whether she's revealing Phallusies: The Fake Penis Exhibition, relating the psycho antics of Therapy Girl or the troubles of Camaro Joe, or taking friendly shots at sexuality and the '70s Sisterhood, Lopez's talent and intellect take her work far beyond the usual comic fare.Erika Lopez's cartoons are so corrosive they should come with a hazardous material warning. Buy this book now and surrender to her exquisitely vile and depraved genius. -- Alison Bechdel, creator of Dykes to Watch Out For

Medieval Messenger

Paul Dowswell - 1997
    The Medieval Messenger depicts in lurid detail the terrors and triumphs of the Middle Ages. '

Murderous Maths

Kjartan Poskitt - 1997
    And watch out for One Finger Jimmy, Chainsaw Charlie and their gangster friends, who are living proof that maths can be murderous.

Schwa: World Operation Manual

The Schwa Corporation - 1997
    For those who wish to open a Schwa franchise in an adjacent solar system, here is a starter kit complete with propaganda tools: 4 postcards; 6 stickers; 1 large poster; ID card and more. Illustrated throughout.

Primary Crullers

Jim Meddick - 1997
    "I've tried to create the comic strip equivalent of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus, '" says Jim Meddick.

Underworld, Vol. 1: Cruel and Unusual Comics

Kaz - 1997
    The lead character in most is Bitchy Bitch, the perma-nently PMS'd and PO'd embodiment of the female id, who also stars in her own series of cartoon shorts on the Oxygen Network's X-Chromosome animated series.The raunchiest collection, focusing on Bitchy's sexual excapades.

The Wasp Cookbook

Alexandra Wentworth - 1997
    After a lifetime of addiction to Italian food, I had no idea you could do so much with mayonnaise.--Jay Leno.

Garfield's Joy Holiday 3-pack

Jim Davis - 1997
    Christmas ham. Tricks and a bag full of treats. Holidays were made for Garfield. After all, what more could America's favorite tubby tabby ask for than a string of nationally sanctioned days of overeating? So whether he's tying up Odie with Christmas lights or raiding the fridge for a piece of pumpkin pie, Garfield's never happier--or feistier--than when he's filled with the holiday spirit . . . and bags of Halloween candy!

How Many Veggies?

Phil Vischer - 1997
    Bob, Larry and all Veggies from the hit video series VeggieTales "RM" are here in these fun books to teach young children fundamentals such as colors, numbers, shapes and letters.

Pogo, Vol. 6

Walt Kelly - 1997
    A masterpiece of comic strip art, Kelly transcended his anthropomorphic genre by crafting the sharpest political and social satire the funny pages had ever seen, not to mention the most inimitable and lasting character dialects since George Herriman. Vol. 1 begins with the strip's debut in 1948; each chronological volume contains a year's worth of strips. The following volumes are currently in stock:

Busted Tractors and Rusty Knuckles: Norwegian Torque Wrench Techniques and Other Fine Points of Tractor Restoration

Roger Welsch - 1997
    Listen-in as Roger tells the humorous story of the challenge that led to the Woodpeckers restoration, and the victory party that followed.

The Replacement God

Zander Cannon - 1997
    Series creator Zander Cannon garnered a Harvey Award nomination for his work on this series, before going on to win an Eisner along with Alan Moore and Gene Ha for Top Ten. Many of these issues are out of print, and this collection is the best introduction to Zander's work. It will especially appeal to fans of fantasy books and good old-fashioned adventure tales.

Hansel and Gretel

Dom Deluise - 1997
    The book also contains Dom's own recipes for Sugarless Apple Pie, and Fat-Free Chicken Soup.

The XXXenophile Collection Vol. 1

Phil Foglio - 1997
    Stories include - Net Dreams, Tales of the Velvet Fist- Occupational Hazard, Cat of the Curse People, Time Piece, Hold That Thought, Sweet Water, Savin' all My Love For You, Rescue 911 a.d.

When a Man Loves a Walnut

Gavin Edwards - 1997
    Mishearing the words of such classic rock artists as the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen, as well as alternative bands like Nine Inch Nails and Pearl Jam, Gavin Edwards provides an assemblage of more than 250 misconstrued song lyrics. 90 line drawings.

A Wild, Rank Place: A Season of Change

David Gessner - 1997
    Among Thoreau's literary progeny is David Gessner, but this book goes far beyond the naturalist's focus on the transcendent beauty of the landscape. Rather, Gessner combines his deeply felt sense of place with observations of the Cape's people and with insights about his family, himself, and his art. In a series of interconnected personal essays, he explores his response to his own recently cured cancer and to the lung cancer that is killing his father. Issues of life and death intertwine with images of a land that Gessner finds curiously healing: Here thoughts are swamped by the smells, sounds, and sights of place. The gentle hypnotic lapping of waves. A prehistoric cormorant on a slick black rock. The delicate lacework of sea grass roots breaking down through a ledge of sand.Gessner's introspection during a year spent writing in the family's weathered cottage portrays another struggle, too. For a young writer just beginning his career, such mighty literary forebears as Thoreau can be imposing, if not paralyzing. Yet the process of sorting through and making peace with the memories of his genetic father gives Gessner the power to declare artistic independence from his literary one. Seeing something tremendously heroic about his father's determination to perform mundane tasks in the face of imminent death brings Gessner to realize that our minds have minds of their own. Reality is fabulous, yes, but we also crave something more. Symbol, perhaps. Meaning. In the end, what Cape Cod comes to mean for Gessner is not just freedom from the past, but love and nobility in the face of death.

Insights From The Outfield

Charles M. Schulz - 1997
    With a pitcher who is knocked off the mound with every hit, a fielder who has never caught a ball, and a beagle playing shortstop, they don't stand much of a chance--but they'll entertain with their attempts! Insights From The Outfield celebrates the humor and spirit of America's favorite pastime.

Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski - 1997
    This text explores his art, arguing that it hovers between the trauma of the extermination camp depot and the redemption of a memorial shrine.

The Scrapper

Brendan O'Carroll - 1997
    Sparrow's dream is the World Lightweight Championship. But when he finally has it in his grasp he can't deliver the finishing punch. Sparrow's life falls apart, and fifteen years later he's a bum, a loser. Then something happens that convinces him that there are still things worth fighting for ...

Out of Control

Mark Lowry - 1997
    With his fresh and wacky style, Lowry's humor shines light on the important aspects of a life of faith.

The Flint Anchor

Sylvia Townsend Warner - 1997
    Though stern and aloof with his indolent, tippling wife and watchful children, he is undermined by helpless love for his pretty, cold-hearted daughter Mary. THE FLINT ANCHOR subverts the rules of the historical novel and shows how family history is made- which stories can be trusted, whose voices hold influence and whose are forgotten. Wit, charm and intelligence illuminate several decades of family life and the events of small town society in this tragi-comedy of manners, the last of the author's seven novels.