Same Difference - Siobhan Vivian
Emily is ready for a change. She's been in the same town with the same friends for a long time...and none of them really understand her art. But when she goes to Philadelphia for a summer art institute, she suddenly finds like-minded people. One in particular, Fiona, intrigues and challenges her. But there are some things Emily is going to have to find out for herself -- like what the balance is between life and art, and which is more important when push comes to shove.
Dunk - David Lubar
HE'S GOT A VOICE LIKE A CHAINSAW, and he uses it to get people so mad they'll pay two dollars for the chance to drop him in a tank of slimy water. He's the Bozo, and Chad wants his job—wants a chance to sit in a cage where he can shout at the world in safety, with no consequences worse than an occasional dunking.
But there's an art to being the Bozo, and humor can do more than just slice and dice, as Chad slowly begins to learn when he meets the man behind the clown makeup. Being the Bozo—it's all about show business. Which means it's all about life. Sometimes you laugh. Sometimes you cry. And sometimes you just don't know what hit you.
Then We Came to the End - Joshua Ferris
No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts. Every office is a family of sorts, and the ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best, coping with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.
With a demon's eye for the details that make life worth noticing, Joshua Ferris tells a true and funny story about survival in life's strangest environment—the one we pretend is normal five days a week.
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