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Get A Job

_book7He was only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of grade nine when his parents began to request, if not demand that he start earning his own money, a replacement for the allowance he had been receiving from since he was in the fifth grade. From his first employment posting as a golf caddy for $1.50 a round to a series of clerical positions in the Canadian Government, the biography of Mike Butler’s pursuit of mundane jobs is an occasionally aimless search for career, that he finally attains when he passes his thirtieth year. Expecting a future of invaluable employment opportunities, including good paying summer jobs, Mike Butler found himself wondering how he ended up taking jobs that he thought were just as low paying and miserable as the previous generation must have endured. Mike Butler’s labour history includes a tour of working on a golf course, in a grocery store, in a department store selling clothing, in a duty free shop in an airport, a brief stint in a restaurant, in factories making plastic bottle caps and chain saws, in a chemical laboratory, and in a variety of temporary clerical positions in several government departments.

ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781665555838
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781665555845

 

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The Changing Mysteries of Parkdale Court

Their pursuit of this puzzle would led John and Patricia Delaney through all manner of investigation, from peculiar neighbours, newspaper reporters, policemen, a private detective, magicians, libraries, bookstore owners, and even each other.

ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781665545440
ISBN 13 (eBook):
9781665545433

 

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The Biography of George

Inspired by a fragment of a story written by one budding author, another aspiring author creates the life story of someone named George. From a childhood that originates in an adoption, the story proceeds through his childhood involvement in the sudden loss of his father, the destitution following that loss, a difficult adolescence and then to a curious adult life fated to conclude in a ramshackle shack originally described in the five paragraphs provided by the literary collaborator. The Biography of George is the story of a life inspired by one author and imagined by another.

ISBN 13 (SOFT): 9781665500791
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781665500784

 

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Innings

The author has played recreational baseball of one kind or another for almost sixty years. He has worn the uniforms of more than a dozen teams over that period—sometimes noticeably, sometimes competently, and a scant few times almost disgracefully. Included in this narrative is a history of his almost thirty years of playing for one of the founding teams of the National Capital Baseball League—one of the largest, if not the largest, recreational baseball league in the country.

Innings is an account of the author’s participation in a game that for him, regardless of his skill in playing it, has almost been a vocation.

ISBN 13 (SOFT): 9781728305264
ISBN 13 (HARD): 9781728305257
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781728305240

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Picture Windows

Precipitated by the discovery of a long-buried skeleton behind a recently demolished older house, a retired man investigated these two obsessions, separated by time and place, for possible meaning.

 

ISBN 13 (SOFT): 9781546268345
ISBN 13 (HARD): 9781546268338
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781546268321

 

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The Hidden History of Jack Quinn

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A letter written by a seriously ill middle aged man facing the end of his life is found in a safety deposit box after he passes away. The document, immediately thought to be Jack Quinn’s last will and testament, sends his oldest friend on a quest to find his birth parents, his adoption only revealed to him shortly before he died. The search for the identity of the decedent’s birth parents takes Mark Purchell, a man who has been Quinn’s friend for over forty years, from his hometown of Ottawa to a small town on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Along the way, Purchell encounters and is assisted by a number of intriguing characters, including a seedy but well-meaning neighbour, a stern librarian, a retired police officer, members of the clergy, a newspaper editor, a haughty hotel maitre d’ and a spirited waitress named Elaine. His investigation of The Hidden History of Jack Quinn eventually leads to a newspaper archive and a surprising answer to a departed friend’s last request.

ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781546200246
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781546200239

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The First Communion Murders

Sometime in the late 1950s, on the steps of an unknown church, somebody takes a black and photograph of an assembly of boys making their first communions. Above the heads of eight of the boys, who are all fated to die within the next twenty years, are small carefully ascribed Xs. When the picture is found more than fifty years years later in an abandoned steamer trunk purchased at a neighborhood auction, the pursuit for an answer to the mystery of those marks begins. The First Communion Murders is the story of that search.

ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781504901994
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781504901628

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The Smart Aleck Chronicles III

coverExperience a series of literary entertainments in The Smart Aleck Chronicles III.

ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781491849941
ISBN 13 (eBook):
9781491849934

 

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The Smart Aleck Chronicles II

book3Four years later, a second volume of the Smart Aleck Chronicles appears, its intent no less high minded than the standards of lunacy reached by its predecessor, its implementation no less laughable. This time, as in the previous volume, there are pithy and pointless observations that may have appeared in previous publications for which the author may have had responsibility, fictitious biographies of friends and colleagues, several short works of fiction and top ten lists of observations that may be symptomatic of clinical insanity. Further, just to ensure that the reader is not entirely dismayed, there are also several courageous attempts at poetry.

 

ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781468524284
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781468524291

 

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These Memories Clear

 

book4These Memories Clear is a collection of forty short stories, of various lengths, genres and subject matter. Many of the stories in the collection are drawn from childhood memories that may or may not be actual recollections. From one page observations to much longer pieces like “Close Enough to Miss” and “The Letter Seven”, it is hoped that this collection is diverse enough to attract the discriminating reader. Well, at least some of them anyway.

 

ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781449072797
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781449072803

 

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The Smart Aleck Chronicles

book2No plot, no characters, hardly any stories, just a collection of smart remarks and clever lines delivered on a number of subjects for no apparent reason, the literary equivalent of cleaning out the closet. The Smart Aleck Chronicles presents a series of entertainments on a wide variety of seemingly unrelated topics. Sometimes serious but mostly flippant, The Smart Aleck Chronicles navigate the reader through the various lunacies of everyday life without evident purpose.

There are sarcastically earnest letters to the editor, fictional chronologies, biographies of people who may or may not have existed, erudite comments on the issues that may have seemed important at one time or another, extremely short stories, and lists of ridiculous observations on the hilarity of being or doing just about anything. The Smart Aleck Chronicles makes no effort to be anything other that what it appears to be, whatever that is.

 

ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781434330628
ISBN 13 (eBook):
9781467821339

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Gone and Back

book5Paul Waite is a hopelessly middle aged man with two sons, a heart condition and a conventional disposition. He unexpectedly loses his wife of 20 years to a traffic accident. Gone and Back follows Mr. Waite as he makes his farewell to her. In finalizing her affairs after she is gone, Paul comes across a startling discovery, a clue to a mystery regarding his wife that he is determined to solve, even if it threatens his memories of her and their marriage.

 

ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781425973971
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781467802284

 

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Parts of a Past

book6Memories of growing up on the West Island of Montreal during the 1950s and early 60”s are the subject of this aptly entitled collection of fourteen short stories. Sometimes hopelessly conventional and sometimes strangely surprising, each story is a remembrance by a now middle aged man who realizes that his future may now reside mainly in his past. Whether looking back on his first girlfriend, some of his school day adventures, or his relationship with the Almighty, Parts of A Past is a whimsical retelling of events that most will recognize, if not revere as being similar to their own.

 

ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781420858105
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781463498542

 

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Casting Shadows

_book7This small collection of eight short stories is an impressive anthology of distinctive stories told in distinctive ways by an author who cannot seem to settle on one particular type of story or one particular style of writing. There is the magnificently moody and darkly apocalyptic Sky Blue Silence I with it nightmare future described in curiously deadpan way, the colour of fairy take whimsy of Eli Martin and the Magic Duck, the fantasy satire of Dream Zingers, the surprising mystery of Mistaking Patricia and the intuitive though unpolished human dramas played out in Mutiny Over the Taking of Tea and Toast and the title story, Casting Shadows. The story are short, easy to read, and will give the reader something to think about aside from the $20 he or she just spend on the paperback.

 

ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781414044460
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781414044477

 

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“Two faces staring out two windows in two separate houses in two separate cities separated by more than fifty years interests, fascinates, and eventually obsesses the same observer, first when he was a young boy, then when he was a recently retired man. Precipitated by the discovery of a long-buried skeleton behind a recently demolished older house, a retired man investigated these two obsessions, separated by time and place, for possible meaning.”