A collection of bitterly hilarious job application letters. Applying for a job is stupid. It is a demeaning, humiliating exercise in learning to grovel in front of faceless strangers. Everyone who has ever sent a job application letter has felt the urge, the temptation to say what they really think. To say something completely insane, or to be brutally honest. With 2007's Overqualified, Joey Comeau acted on those urges and delivered a book collecting his cover letters. "It's sad and fragmented and, in places, funny," the L.A. Times said. But even after the dozens of insane, hilarious, and sometimes strangely sad job application letters, he still didn't get the job. So he's at it again. A person needs to work, you know? But he's had to step things up a bit. Were the letters not insane enough? Was he not sad or stupid enough? Did he not threaten to bite as many CEOs as he should have? There's only one way to find out: OVERQUALIFIEDER.
A surreal journey of a man who is searching for purpose and for happiness. Joe, a 36-year-old advertising copywriter for a slick New York agency, feels disillusioned with his life. He starts dreaming of a mysterious man, seeing him on the street, and hearing his voice. Joe decides to listen to the Man and so he waits on his stoop, day and night, for instructions. A local reporter takes notice, and soon Joe has become a story, a media sensation, the centre of a storm. When the Man tells Joe to "go west," he does, in search of meaning. Waiting for the Man is a compelling and visceral story about the struggle to find something more in life, told in two interwoven threads: Joe at the beginning of his journey in Manhattan, and at the end of it as he finds new purpose on a ranch in Montana under the endless sky. BackLit edition includes a reader’s guide, Q&A with the author, and more.
Musings from a "one-man flash mob" (Toronto Star) Comedian Shawn Hitchins explores his irreverent nature in this debut collection of essays. Hitchins doesn't shy away from his failures or celebrate his mild successes -- he sacrifices them for an audience's amusement. He roasts his younger self, the effeminate ginger-haired kid with a competitive streak. The ups and downs of being a sperm donor to a lesbian couple. Then the fiery redhead professes his love for actress Shelley Long, declares his hatred of musical theatre, and recounts a summer spent in Provincetown working as a drag queen. Nothing is sacred. His first major break-up, how his mother plotted the murder of the family cat, his difficult relationship with his father, becoming an unintentional spokesperson for all redheads, and mandy moore many more. Blunt, awkward, emotional, ribald, this anthology of humiliation culminates in a greater understanding of love, work, and family. Like the final scene in a Murder She Wrote episode, A Brief History of Oversharing promises everyone the A-ha! moment Oprah tells us to experience. Paired with bourbon, Scottish wool, and Humpty Dumpty Party Mix, this journey is best read through a lens of schadenfreude.
A precisely crafted, darkly humorous portrait of a family in mourning SundayÕs father is dying of cancer. TheyÕve come home to Malagash, on the north shore of Nova Scotia, so he can die where he grew up. Her mother and her brother are both devastated. But devastated isnÕt good enough. Devastated doesnÕt fix anything. Sunday has a plan. SheÕs started recording everything her father says. His boring stories. His stupid jokes. Everything. SheÕs recording every single ÒI love youÓ right alongside every ÒCould we turn the heat up in here?Ó ItÕs all important. Because Sunday is writing a computer virus. A computer virus that will live secretly on the hard drives of millions of people all over the world. A computer virus that will think her fatherÕs thoughts and say her fatherÕs words. She has thousands of lines of code to write. Cryptography to understand. Exploits to test. She doesnÕt have time to be sad. Her father is going to live forever.
Plug yourself in to this hilarious, high-voltage romance from Niamh Shaw Unlucky-in-love Lara sure knows how to pick 'em - losers, that is. But who can blame her when she's never gotten over having her heart (and self-esteem) smashed to pieces by her one and only true love, the super-intelligent, super-geeky, and super-emotionally-inept Conn? Six years later, working alongside her ex on an energy-generating project in Dubai is the last thing Lara expected. It's not long before sparks are flying, but can Lara trust Conn with her heart again?