No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter

One day Valerie happened to tell Joe that she loved the Lone Star Café, was a fan of country-western music, and was crazy about Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. Nurse Humphries was astonished when he told her that I knew Mort ...

Author: Joseph Heller

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743272612

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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An uproarious and frank memoir of illness and recovery, No Laughing Matter is a story of friendship and recuperation from the author of the classic Catch-22. It all began one typical day in the life of Joe Heller. He was jogging four miles at a clip these days, working on his novel God Knows, coping with the complications of an unpleasant divorce, and pigging out once or twice a week on Chinese food with cronies like Mel Brooks, Mario Puzo, and his buddy of more than twenty years, Speed Vogel. He was feeling perfectly fine that day—but within twenty-four hours he would be in intensive care at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital. He would remain hospitalized for nearly six months and leave in a wheelchair. Joseph Heller had Guillain-Barré syndrome, a debilitating, sometimes fatal condition that can leave its victims paralyzed from head to toe. The clan gathered immediately. Speed—sometime artist, sometime businessman, sometime herring taster, and now a coauthor—moved into Joe's apartment as messenger, servant, and shaman. Mel Brooks, arch-hypochondriac of the Western world, knew as much about Heller's condition as the doctors. Mario Puzo, author of the preeminent gangster novel of our time, proved to be the most reluctant man ever to be dragged along on a hospital visit. These and lots of others rallied around the sickbed in a show of loyalty and friendship that not only built a wild and spirited camaraderie but helped bring Joe Heller, writer and buddy extraordinaire, through his greatest crisis. This book is an inspiring, hilarious memoir of a calamitous illness and the rocky road to recuperation—as only the author of Catch-22 and the friend who helped him back to health could tell it. No Laughing Matter is as wacky, terrifying, and greathearted as any fiction Joseph Heller ever wrote.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Laughing Falcon

The Laughing Falcon

She could hear the thrum of music from below: the Lone Star Bar. Eleven o'clock did not seem too late for a walkabout; San José was open for business on a Saturday night, and so were the women she had seen patrolling the street below.

Author: William Deverell

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 9781778520174

Category: Fiction

Page: 489

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Originally published in 2002 and nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel A blend of thriller, satire, and romance with a shocking twist Romance novelist Maggie Schneider flees snowy Canada for Costa Rica, seeking inspiration … and maybe even a romantic encounter. She finds far more than she expected when she’s kidnapped by a rag-tag gang led by a handsome, charismatic revolutionary called Halcon: the Falcon. Also held hostage for ransom is Halcon’s main target, the flirtatious wife of a right-wing U.S. senator who seeks to capture the Republican nomination as U.S. president. Enter burned-out ex–secret agent Slack Cardinal, the protagonist of Deverell’s third novel, Mecca. Now he has changed his name and is hiding out in the Costa Rican jungles, working as a tour guide. But he is found there by CIA operative Ham Bakerfield and reluctantly pressed into service to try to rescue the women.
Categories: Fiction

Lone Stars

Lone Stars

It makes me laugh so hard I have to leave the room . Staś starts laughing too . He has to go outdoors he's laughing so hard . I start to laugh more . Finally I have to go into our bedroom and lay down on the floor to get cool , and I ...

Author: Sophia Healy

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

ISBN: 0871133660

Category: Fiction

Page: 184

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Lupe, the Mexican wife of Stas, a Polish immigrant, is preparing for a gallery showing of her art, and in the process becomes involved with the gallery's owner. The dreamy calm of Lupe and Stas's marriage is upset. "A provocative, elegant little book about love's turbulence and joy".--The Washington Post.
Categories: Fiction

Lone Star Ice and Fire

Lone Star Ice and Fire

He laughed. “He's sort of a Hemingway to your Faulkner, Walker.” Walker slapped his cheek. “Sure, I know them. Writers, right? ... Lone Star Ice and Fire 173 “I'll teach you whatever Lone Star Quark 2/20/04 11:02 AM 172 Page.

Author: L. E. Brady

Publisher: Coral Press

ISBN: 9780970829337

Category: Music

Page: 417

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Electric blues guitarist Sonny Blaine was the hottest player in Texas, a cool-cat bad boy who seemed to have it all. His kid brother, Walker, shy and plain, wasn’t someone you’d look at twice—until he, too, took up blues guitar. The two driven brothers face off in their music and their women with all their souls, bringing the music of Texas to life.
Categories: Music

The Lone Star Cinderella

The Lone Star Cinderella

While she sat under a hot dryer, wondering what she'd gotten herself into, Amanda had been right there, chatting and laughing with the other women in the salon. Even though Mia wasn't part of the conversation, she felt as though she ...

Author: Maureen Child

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9780373732715

Category: Fiction

Page: 184

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A fake engagement at the Texas Cattleman's Club? It must be a fairy tale from USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child! Dave Firestone has no intention of getting married, but he'll pretend anything if it means sealing a tough business deal for his ranch. Needing a spur-of-the-moment fake fiancée, he turns to housekeeper Mia Hughes. With her boss—and Dave's business rival—missing and her paycheck on hold, she accepts Dave's fantasy proposal. But when their pretend romance takes an unexpected turn into passionate nights, Dave isn't ready to let Mia go. Can the smooth-talking businessman negotiate a more permanent arrangement?
Categories: Fiction

Exit Laughing

Exit Laughing

Viva—Will threw it in for good measure—viva the imperial Lone Star State and its queen city of Houston! To all of which the priest, as chairman of the rescuing committee, agreed after first taking a vote on the proposition so elegantly ...

Author: Irvin Cobb

Publisher: DigiCat

ISBN: EAN:8596547105398

Category: Fiction

Page: 365

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DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "Exit Laughing" by Irvin Cobb. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.
Categories: Fiction

Who s Laughing Now

Who   s Laughing Now

Vanessa Voss is a philosophy professor at Lone Star College. She focuses mainly on humour, as well as feminist and comparative philos-ophy. She is working on a larger project analyzing the concept of God through the lens of humor.

Author: Anna Frey

Publisher: Demeter Press

ISBN: 9781772583182

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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From dour old women to buzzkills who can't take a joke, the stereotype of the humourless feminist has repeatedly been deployed to derail and delegitimize the women's rights movement. This collection skips the tired debates that ask whether feminists can be funny—we know the answer to this already—to instead investigate contemporary expressions and functions of humour within international feminist movements and communities. This interdisciplinary volume showcases critical analyses of cultural texts and events, personal accounts of producing and encountering feminist humour, and creative interruptions that pair laughter with insight. As a whole, this work seeks to sideline caricatures of the humourless feminist by promoting a vision of a diverse movement vibrant with innovative, generous, threatening, and, ultimately, triumphant laughter.
Categories: Social Science

O Laughing River

O Laughing River

It was, after all, his personal belief that they were all bark and no bite, and that this was in marked contrast to their counterparts in Mexico, with their rekindled interest in Lone Star real estate. All that aside, the President was ...

Author: M W Banks

Publisher: novum pro Verlag

ISBN: 9783990645550

Category: Fiction

Page: 476

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O Laughing River will appeal to all military buffs, as well as those interested in the American Civil War. It recounts the life of "Stonewall" Jackson, a charismatic leader of genius, who led his troops against the Yankees with assurance, courage and success. He had that same gift of the "common touch" as other inspirational leaders such as Lincoln and JFK, Nelson and Princess Diana. Virtually worshipped by those he led, the mere appearance of "Old Jack" would be enough to rouse the renowned "Rebel Yell". He had immense powers of concentration and was, at all times, totally focused on his objectives. He died aged thirty-nine, accidentally wounded by his own troops, but such was the appeal of the leader and the man, that the whole South mourned, and he was praised even by the Northern enemy.
Categories: Fiction

Lone Star Baby

Lone Star Baby

“For Larry,” Amy added, and the entire family burst out laughing. All too soon the day was over. Because of the long drive back to Promise, Wade and Amy left before the big fireworks display. Amy hugged both of Wade's parents on her way ...

Author: Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9781460314470

Category: Fiction

Page: 146

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Wade McMillen might be a minister, but he's also a man. An unmarried and very attractive one. Is it as a man that he responds to the lovely young woman who shows up in Promise, pregnant and alone? Or as a man of God? Maybe it's both. Amy Thornton hopes to make a new life for herself and her baby, and to do that, she needs Reverend McMillen's help, his compassion. What she wants is the love of a man named Wade… Look for more heartwarming titles from New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, available now from Harlequin MIRA!
Categories: Fiction

The Laughing West

The Laughing West

... in John W. Thomason's Lone Star Preacher ( 1941). Closer at hand is Colonel William Patten, gambler, entrepreneur, and sexual athlete, in Richard Condon's A Talent for Loving. Still closer, Larry McMurtry's mobile mountebank, ...

Author: Charles Leland Sonnichsen

Publisher: Swallow Press

ISBN: UOM:39015033010763

Category: Fiction

Page: 316

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Gathers stories and selections from novels by Dan Jenkins, Edward Abbey, George MacDonald Fraser, Will Henry, Thomas Berger, John Nichols, and Dorothy Pillsbury
Categories: Fiction