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Pickles Tails Vol. 2 (2008-2020) by Brian Crane

Pickles Tails Volume Two is the second installment of Brian Crane’s Pickles strips dedicated to the hijinks of the beloved Pickles family pets, Roscoe and Muffin. This hardcover, full-color collection is the second in the two-volume set of Pickles Tails, and contains Roscoe and Muffin picking up where Pickles Tails Volume One left off. Beginning in 2008, and moving ahead through 2020, all of the beloved Pickles characters accompany their favorite furry friends with all the warmth and antics you have come to expect from this hilarious family!

 

 

Plain Air: Sketches from Winesburg, Indiana by Michael Martone

In Plain Air: Sketches from Winesburg, Indiana, Michael Martone places steady fingers on the arrhythmic pulse of the Flyover as he conjures Winesburg, Indiana, a fictional town and all of its inhabitants’ lyric philosophies, tales of the mundane, and the sensation of being “lost” in the heart of the heart of the country. But here, in over one-hundred and thirty short fictions, even as there is much sadness, the citizens continue to tinker and create, marvel and wonder in the midst of ruin and rust. These stories may capture lives of quiet desperation, but in so doing, they create a kind of hobbled poetry in the spontaneous sketches of the ordinary made extraordinary, the regular irregularities, the familiar knocked off-balance with a glancing blow. From the overly overworked City Manager, to Margaret Wigg’s obsessively collected collection of library stamps, to Blanche’s air-filled aluminum ice cube tray, the town is a community of everyday odd-balls rife with isolation and idiosyncrasy. They are people trying to get by; that question loss as well as passion, devotedness, childhood wonder, and kinship in their observations and daily routines. With undeniable humor, intelligent quirk, and earnest longing for a pastoral passing into the annals of deep Midwestern time, Michael Martone crafts an unforgettable panoply of characters whose perspectives invite us to alternatively interpret our own commonplaces.