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Author: Douglas Coupland

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Polaroids From The Dead

A collection of essays by Douglas Coupland, whose first novel Generation X received critical acclaim. In his mid-30s, Coupland writes about what it means to grow up and the realization… Continue Reading Posted in: Contemporary Short Stories, Popular Culture, Short Stories, Social Aspects


N.P. is the title of a last collection of short stories by a celebrated Japanese writer. Written in English while he was living in Boston, the book may never see… Continue Reading Posted in: Authors, Japanese, Japanese Fiction

Life After God

This collection of stories cuts through the hype of modern living, travelling inward to the elusive terrain of dreams and nightmares. Continue Reading Posted in: Contemporary Religious Fiction, Fiction, Literature, Religious Fiction Short Stories

Miss Wyoming

Miss Wyoming is a novel by Douglas Coupland. It was first published by Random House of Canada in January 2000. The novel follows two protagonists, Susan Colgate, a former Miss… Continue Reading Posted in: Beauty Contestants, Fiction, Mothers And Daughters

Brightness Falls

Brightness Falls is the story of Russell and Corrine Calloway. Set against the world of New York publishing, McInerney provides a stunningly accomplished portrayal of people contending with early success,… Continue Reading Posted in: English Fiction, Manners And Customs, United States


Narrated in the form of a Powerbook entry by Dan Underwood, a computer programmer for Microsoft, this state-of-the-art novel about life in the '90s follows the adventures of six code-crunching… Continue Reading Posted in: Canada, Computer Software Industry Employees, English Fiction

Adventures in the Screen Trade

No one knows the writer's Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and Girls Together, and other novels,… Continue Reading Posted in: Cinema Films, Friends And Associates, Hollywood, Movie Direction & Production, Movie Industry

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Showbusiness

Television has conditioned us to tolerate visually entertaining material measured out in spoonfuls of time, to the detriment of rational public discourse and reasoned public affairs. In this eloquent, persuasive… Continue Reading Posted in: Bibliography, Culture, Effects Of Television, Sociology, TV History & Criticism

Eleanor Rigby

Liz Dunn is one of the world’s lonely people. She’s in her late thirties and has a boring cubicle job at a communications company, doing work that is only slightly… Continue Reading Posted in: Contemporary Literature & Fiction, Fiction, High School Seniors, Single Women

All Families Are Psychotic

On the eve of the next Space Shuttle mission, a divided family comes together... Warm, witty and wise, All Families Are Psychotic is Coupland at the very top of his… Continue Reading Posted in: Action & Adventure Literary Fiction, Canadian Fiction, Dysfunctional Families, Family, Saga Fiction

Making History

What if Hitler had never been born?In Stephen Fry's most seriously ambitious novel to date, he creates a futuristic fantasy that becomes a thriller with a funny streak. Tackling one… Continue Reading Posted in: Contemporary British & Irish Literature, English Fiction, Fantasy, LGBT Science Fiction, Science Fiction

Story of My Life

In his breathlessly paced new novel Jay McInerney revisits the nocturnal New York of Bright Lights, Big City. Alison Poole, twenty going on 40,000, is a budding actress already fatally… Continue Reading Posted in: American Humorous Fiction, Bildungsromans, Sex Customs, United States, Women's Psychological Fiction

The Gum Thief

The first and only story of love and looming apocalypse set in the aisles of an office supply superstore. In Douglas Coupland's ingenious new novel--sort of a Clerks meets Who's… Continue Reading Posted in: American Literature, Diary Fiction, Divorced Men, General Humorous Fiction, Intergenerational Relations

The Informers

Set in Los Angeles, in the recent past. The birthplace and graveyard of American myths and dreams, the city harbours a group of people trapped between the beauty of their… Continue Reading Posted in: California Los Angeles, Fiction

Girlfriend in a Coma

Girls, memory, parenting, millennial fear -- all served Coupland-style. Karen, an attractive, popular student, goes into a coma one night in 1979. Whilst in it, she gives birth to a… Continue Reading Posted in: Canadian Fiction, Coma Patients, Contemporary Literature & Fiction, Patients

Hey Nostradamus!

The story of one family piecing itself back together after a tragic highschool shooting, Hey Nostradamus! is Douglas Coupland's most soulful, piercing and searching novel yet. Pregnant and secretly married,… Continue Reading Posted in: Authors, Canadian, Canadian Fiction, High School Seniors

Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture

Generation X is Douglas Coupland's acclaimed salute to the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960s--a generation known vaguely up to then as "twentysomething."Andy, Claire, and Dag, each in… Continue Reading Posted in: American Wit And Humor, Canadian Fiction, Contemporary Literature & Fiction, Teen & Young Adult Books, United States

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