The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s by David C. Tucker

By David C. Tucker

Lots of the shiny and gifted actresses who made the USA chortle within the Nineteen Fifties are off the air this day, yet their pioneering Hollywood careers irrevocably replaced the face of tv comedy. those shrewdpermanent and sassy girls effectively negotiated the dangers of the male-dominated office with category and humor, and the paintings they did within the Fifties is artistic nonetheless by way of today's criteria. not able to fall again on robust language, surprise price, or racial and sexual epithets, the feminine sitcom stars of the Nineteen Fifties entertained with natural expertise and monitor savvy. As they did so, they helped to put the root for the advance of tv comedy. This booklet will pay tribute to ten trendy tv actresses who performed lead roles in well known comedy exhibits of the Fifties. every one bankruptcy covers the works and personalities of 1 actress: Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy), Gracie Allen (The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show), Eve Arden (Our pass over Brooks), Spring Byington (December Bride), Joan Davis (I Married Joan), Anne Jeffreys (Topper), Donna Reed (The Donna Reed Show), Ann Sothern (Private Secretary and The Ann Sothern Show), Gale hurricane (My Little Margie and The Gale hurricane exhibit: Oh! Susanna), and Betty White (Life with Elizabeth). for every celebrity, a profession comic strip is equipped, concentrating totally on her tv paintings but in addition noting achievements in different parts. Appendices provide forged and workforce lists, a chronology, and an extra biographical comic strip of 10 much less general actresses who deserve attractiveness.

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Curse of the Pogo Stick (Dr. Siri Paiboun, Book 5) by Colin Cotterill

By Colin Cotterill

“[Cotterill’s] tales could flow by way of on their humor and lovely characters, however the cause his books come alive, the explanation his sequence is still worthy studying, is the author's deep realizing of those humans and their appealing, land. This intensity allows him to deliver us there for a short holiday, make us suppose, and nonetheless continue us guffawing. Like Dr. Siri, Colin Cotterill has a slightly of magic approximately him.”—The Boston Globe

“Cotterill’s procedure in Curse of the Pogo Stick—so measured and offhand—actually achieves a impressive feat: It cuts via the entire never-again media saturation genocidal regimes frequently generate, and it makes us take become aware of once again. We finish up being concerned approximately Cotterill’s characters, simply because they’re usually both good or not less than understandably wrong and as a result human. through fending off the nastiness and nihilism of noir, they succeed in a sympathetic, soulful truth writers hardly pull off.”—Paste Magazine

“Cotterill’s ironic pen [is] as sharp as ever.”—Kirkus Reviews

Auntie Bpoo, the transvestite fortune-teller of Vientiane, Laos, has foretold that the seventy-three-year-old newlywed Dr. Siri and his both mature bride can have childrens via the top of the yr. whilst Siri is helping Hmong villagers at risk, the prediction comes precise.

Colin Cotterill, writer of 5 earlier books within the Dr. Siri Paiboun sequence, lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, along with his spouse. His books were e-book feel alternatives, and he received the Dilys Award for Thirty-Three Teeth.

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Doctor On The Boil (Doctor Series, Book 9) by Richard Gordon

By Richard Gordon

In health professional at the Boil, Richard Gordon’s prescription in as bubbling and hilariously stimulating as ever. The work-shy Dr. Grimsdyke remains to be at St. Swithan’s—the comparable as ever regardless of the area having moved on round him. Nurses are hitching up their skirts within the identify of favor and the dean is sort of yes he's to be knighted. after which a Rolls Royce pulls up on the sanatorium gates. In it's Sir Lancelot Spratt. uninterested in retirement, he has back to invoke a clause in St. Swithan’s unique constitution and resume his work—to the nice dismay of virtually everybody.

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Class, Language, and American Film Comedy by Christopher Beach

By Christopher Beach

Analyzing the evolution of yankee movie comedy because the starting of the sound period (c. 1930), Christopher seashore makes a speciality of how language, category, and social relationships in early sound comedies by means of the Marx Brothers, the screwball comedies of the Thirties through Capra, Sturges and others, and Nineteen Fifties comedies of Frank Tashlin and Vincente Minnelli, and modern movies by way of Woody Allen, Whit Stillman, and the Coen brothers. seashore argues that sound and narrative extended the semiotic and ideological strength of a movie, supplying moments of real social critique and in addition mass leisure. Christopher seashore teaches on the college of California, Irvine, and has taught on the collage of Montana and Claremont Graduate college. he's the writer of 3 books on American poetry, together with Poetic tradition (Northwestern, 1999). this is often his first booklet on movie.

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Lost in a Good Book (A Thursday Next Novel) by Jasper Fforde

By Jasper Fforde

The moment installment in Jasper Fforde’s New York occasions bestselling sequence follows literary detective Thursday subsequent on one other experience in her trade truth of literature-obsessed England


The creative, exuberant, and completely unique literary enjoyable that started with The Eyre Affair maintains with New York instances bestselling writer Jasper Fforde’s marvelous moment event starring the ingenious, fearless literary sleuth Thursday subsequent. while Landen, the affection of her existence, is eliminated by means of the corrupt multinational Goliath company, Thursday needs to moonlight as a Prose source Operative of Jurisfiction—the police strength contained in the BookWorld. She is apprenticed to the man-hating leave out Havisham from Dickens’s nice expectancies, who grudgingly indicates Thursday the ropes. and she or he profits barely enough ability to get herself in a true mess coming into the pages of Poe’s “The Raven.” What she rather wishes is to get Landen again. yet this most modern venture isn't with out additional problems. besides leaping into the works of Kafka and Austen, or even Beatrix Potter’s the story of the Flopsy Bunnies, Thursday unearths herself the objective of a sequence of probably deadly coincidences, the authenticator of a newly came upon play via the Bard himself, and the one one that can hinder an unidentifiable red sludge from engulfing all lifestyles on the earth. It’s one other genre-bending mix of crime fiction, delusion, and top-drawer literary leisure for lovers of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse. Thursday’s zany investigations proceed with The good of misplaced Plots. search for the 5 different bestselling Thursday subsequent novels, together with One of Our Thursdays is Missing and Jasper Fforde’s newest bestseller, The girl Who Died A Lot. stopover at jasperfforde.com for a ffull window into the Ffordian world!

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One Leg Too Few: The Adventures of Peter Cook and Dudley by William Cook

By William Cook

One Leg Too Few will function an in depth variety of clean interviews, formerly unpublished archive fabric and a wealth of data concerning the so much artistic (and explosive) double act that British comedy has ever produced.

One Leg Too Few is a booklet approximately a unprecedented dating: a friendship, a partnership - nearly, from time to time, a wedding. Like loads of marriages it ended badly, yet for almost two decades, among the 1st date and the inevitable divorce, Peter prepare dinner and Dudley Moore have been the funniest factor on 3 continents.

One Leg Too Few is the tale of that courting, and the comedy that got here from it.

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Posh and Prejudice by Grace Dent

By Grace Dent

"The divine Shiraz Bailey wooden is again during this hilarious sequel to "Diary of a Chav" to enlighten us along with her signature model of madcap humor on her demented, wonderful lifestyles within the gritty suburbs of London."
Chav: (n.): 1. A observe that makes so much Brits consider hoodies, hip hop, bling, and bother. (It ain't a very good fing, bruv.)
At the tip of the varsity 12 months, 16-year-old Shiraz Bailey wooden isn't looking ahead to exceptional grades. but if her try out effects are available, she's astonished to find that not just did she move all of them, yet that she's additionally really shrewdpermanent! Emboldened via an invitation to higher-level periods, Shiraz comes to a decision she can't waste her mind energy frying eggs for minimal salary on the greasy spoon Mr. Yolk. So even despite her Mum's objections that it ain't her position, Shiraz enrolls in SuperchavAcademy's "Center of Excellence" to get even brainier.
Setting forth into the heady box of academia and putting out with different boffin forms sounds like simply the price tag to prevent getting caught dwelling like a chav ceaselessly in crappy Goodmayes Essex. Smooth-talking lads with whopping allowances tempt her-but Shiraz has to determine: are those posh kinds rather any larger? or even being a chav may not be all that bad-as lengthy because it stands for fascinating, Hilarious, Articulate, and colourful.

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