Multcolib My Librarian Alison: Putting the 'fun' in dysfunction

The Spellman Files
The Spellman Files By Lutz, Lisa Book - 2007 FICTION LUTZ 2007 Available in some locations

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.

This Is Where I Leave You
This Is Where I Leave You By Tropper, Jonathan Book - 2009 FICTION TROPPER 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 10 on 26 copies

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.

Anansi Boys
Anansi Boys By Gaiman, Neil Book - 2008 FICTION GAIMAN 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Fat Charlie's dad dies, he meets the brother he never knew he had, a brother who introduces many complications into Charlie's quiet life.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where'd You Go, Bernadette A Novel By Semple, Maria Book - 2012 FICTION SEMPLE 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 51 copies

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.

The Family Fang
The Family Fang By Wilson, Kevin Book - 2011 FICTION WILSON 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight An African Childhood By Fuller, Alexandra Book - 2003 B-Fu9577d 2003 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 62 on 18 copies

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.

The Kings of Summer
The Kings of Summer DVD - 2013 DVD Comedy KINGS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 30 copies

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.

Are You My Mother?
Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama By Bechdel, Alison Book - 2012 GN 920 BECHDEL 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

The Royal Tenenbaums
The Royal Tenenbaums DVD - 2002 DVD Comedy ROYAL All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 10 copies

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.

A Spot of Bother
A Spot of Bother A Novel By Haddon, Mark Book - 2006 FICTION HADDON Available in some locations

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.

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