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Horseradish : bitter truths you can't avoid
1st ed.
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New York : HarperCollins, c2007.
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168 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
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Book J 818.609 SNI 1 1
Book J 818.609 SNI 1 1

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Lemony Snicket's work is filled with bitter truths, like: 'It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself.' Or: 'It is very easy to say that the important thing is to try your best, but if you are in real trouble the most important thing is not trying your best, but getting to safety.'

For all of life's ups and downs, its celebrations and its sorrows, here is a book to commemorate it all - especially for those not fully soothed by chicken soup. Witty and irreverent, Horseradish is a book with universal appeal, a delightful vehicle to introduce Snicket's uproariously unhappy observations to a crowd not yet familiar with the Baudelaires' misadventures.

Author Notes

Lemony Snicket is the pen name of Daniel Handler, who was born on February 28, 1970. As Lemony Snicket, he is the author of and appears as a character in the children's book series A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has also written or contributed to other works using this pen name including Baby in the Manger, The Lump of Coal, The Composer Is Dead, and Where Did You See Her Last?.

Under his real name, Handler is the author of several books for adults including The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The series may have ended, but the snippets of wisdom have not, as proved by Horseradish, the latest addition from the Lemony Snicket library. Billed as "a selection of alarming but inescapable truths from the work of Lemony Snicket, along with selections from his unpublished papers and remarks he has made at dinner parties and anarchist riots," readers will find hard to swallow "truths" such as: "Like people, animals will become frightened and likely do whatever you say if you whip them enough," and "if writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[pasdlgkhasdfasdf." A must have for diehard Snicket fans. (HarperCollins, $12.99 176p Ages 10-up ISBN 978-0-06-124006-5; May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



Horseradish Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid Chapter One Home The difference between a house and a home is like the difference between a man and a woman--it might be embarrassing to explain, but it would be very unusual to get them confused. There is something marvelous about returning home at the end of a long day, even if there is tuna fish for dinner. There are some people who believe that home is where one hangs one's hat, but these people tend to live in closets and on little pegs. An old cowboy song celebrates home on the range, where deer and antelope play, but anyone who has seen deer and antelope knows that when they are frolicking they scarcely look where they are flinging their hooves, which is why cowboys have been pummeled almost to extinction. It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice-cream sandwiches. One's home is like a delicious piece of pie you order in a restaurant on a country road one cozy evening--the best piece of pie you have ever eaten in your life--and can never find again. After you leave home, you may find yourself feeling homesick, even if you have a new home that has nicer wallpaper and a more efficient dishwasher than the home in which you grew up, and no matter how many times you visit you may never quite cure yourself of the fluttery, homesick feeling in your stomach. Homesickness can even strike you when you are still living at home, but a home that has changed over the years, and you long for the time--even if such a time existed only in your imagination--when your home was as delicious as you remember. You may search your family and your mind--just as you might search dark and winding country roads--trying to recapture the best time in your life, so that you might cure your homesickness with a second slice of that distant, faraway pie, but your search will end in vain, as you have lost the map that told you where to turn, and the restaurant has long ago burned down, and the baker who made the pie has gotten tired of waiting for you and has devoted her life to making tomato paste instead, but she is no good at it, and now you are lost in life, the darkness closing in on you, with nothing but a sad flutter in your stomach and a sour acidic taste in your mouth. An American writer of my acquaintance titled one of his books You Can't Go Home Again , but he was not necessarily talking to you. Horseradish Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid . Copyright © by Lemony Snicket. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid by Lemony Snicket All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.