Home From the Vinyl Cafe

by Stuart McLean
257 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Komonio

Hillarious book, winner of the Stephen Leacock award.


Stuart Mclean is one of Canada's funniest authors. He's a broadcaster on CBC, and often shares his stories on the radio. "Home from The Vinyl Cafe" is a collection of his short stories from the series "The Vinyl Cafe." "The Vinyl Cafe" features the lives of a man named Dave, who owns a small record store, his wife Morely, and his two children, Stephanie and Sam. The family's motto is "We may not be big, but we're small."


Dave is always getting into trouble. He always tries to find the easiest way out of a situation. This sometimes includes breaking the rules. However, they're a very typical family. Dave and Morely love each other, and do everything they can to help their family to grow strong.

In one story, Dave and Morely decide to call in sick for their jobs and just spend time together. The results are quite disastrous.

Spiritual Content




Drug and Alcohol Content

Alcohol is abundant in two specific stories. In the first story, Dave has to cook a turkey for Christmas dinner, but forgets. Hours before it's time for supper, he knows he's in big trouble. He drinks a fair amount of scotch throughout the entire experience.

In the second story, Dave accidentally mixes up the kid's bowl of eggnog and the adult's bowl of eggnog at a Christmas party. All the kids get drunk, and Dave is in horrible trouble. In another story, it mentions that Dave has a beer with his neighbor.

Sexual Content

Nothing worth mentioning.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None that I can think of.


Stuart Mclean in a very funny author. His characters are funny and everyone can relate to them. The situations Dave gets himself into are hilarious. Most of his stories are family friendly, and I've enjoyed reading his books and listening to his stories on the radio with my family. The drinking/drunkenness has consequences.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: adult

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