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The Customer is Always Wrong

The Customer is Always Wrong
Mimi Pond
Drawn and Quarterly, 2017
Audience: Adults
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
The Customer is Always Wrong is the saga of a young naive artist named Madge working in a restaurant of charming drunks, junkies, thieves, and creeps. Oakland in the late seventies is a cheap and quirky haven for eccentrics, and Mimi Pond folds the tales of the fascinating sleazeball characters that surround young Madge into her workaday waitressing life. Outrageous and loving tributes and takedowns of her co-workers and satellites of the Imperial Cafe create a snapshot of a time in Madge's life where she encounters who she is, and who she is not.

Employing the same brash yet earnest style as her previous memoir Over Easy, Pond's storytelling gifts have never been stronger than in this epic, comedic, standalone graphic novel. Madge is right back at the Imperial with its great coffee and depraved cast, where things only get worse for her adopted greasy-spoon family w…
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Dark Horse Comics, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: Older Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
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The Winter People

The Winter People
Jennifer McMahon
Doubleday, 2014
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

Goodreads doesn’t have a description for The Winter People! WHY?

I loved it. It contains:

ZombiesMurder/SuicideMysteryHorrorA BlizzardA Face on the Milk Carton-like situation
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The book went back and forth in time, building the suspense. Everything tied together so well, and it was really well-written. I knew there was a twist coming, and I had an idea of what was going to happen, but I was just a little bit wrong. It’s great for fans of Stephen King!

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