Multcolib My Librarian Alison: Putting the 'fun' in dysfunction
Annotation:While deciding if she should quit working for her family's private investigation firm, Izzy Spellman copes with meddling parents, an alcoholic uncle, the disappearance of her younger sister, and her own problems with men and drinking.
Annotation:The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire family has been together in years. They reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.
Annotation:When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.
Annotation:Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang.
Annotation:Fuller recounts the story of her childhood in Africa growing up on a hard-scrabble farm and living with parents whose motivations were sometimes difficult to understand.
Annotation:Verging on adolescence, Joe finds himself more and more aggravated by his dad's attempts to control his life. Declaring freedom, Joe and his best buddy Patrick, along with an odd kid called Biaggio, escape to the woods, where they construct a house, just for them, with no parents or responsibility.
Annotation:Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal, had left them long ago, but now returns to make things right with his family.
Annotation:At 61, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels and listening to a bit of light jazz. Then his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting re-married, to the deeply inappropriate Ray.
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I am going to resist quoting Tolstoy about happy families; instead I will say that I enjoy stories based on quirky families, whether they make me laugh in relief that I am not a member or cringe in recognition.