Memoir Mondays: How to Piss in Public

Memoirs have the power to move us, connect with us and allow us to share life changing experiences with people we’d otherwise never have the chance to know. Every Monday, we’re pleased to feature a memoir and open a window to someone else’s life.

As you can probably guess from the title, How to Piss in Public is not your typical memoir. While it’s about Gavin McInnes growing up punk in Ottawa, snorting cocaine and other drugs, hanging with Joe Strummer from The Clash, and having awkward moments with celebrities, it’s also about how he turned VICE magazine, a small Montreal publication, into a multimedia empire now based in New York, and how he gave birth to several successful viral videos.

This memoir details a variety of ridiculous and entertaining snippets from Gavin McInnes’ life, from streaking through New York City during the 2003 blackout to getting his mother so high she called the cops on goblins. Hailed by NBC as “The Godfather of Hipsterdom,” McInnes’ style is honest and raw. Ultimately, he just wants to make you laugh so hard you’d puke. Take a peek inside.

You can check out his blog, follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.

Prepare for April Fools’ Day

Don’t be a victim on April Fools’ Day — be the victor! We have the ultimate handbooks with a list of pranks and practical jokes to get you into the spirit of April Fools’ Day.

The Practical Joker's Handbook The Practical Joker's Handbook

Tim Nyberg spent six years collecting pranks from fans around the world through his website. In The Practical Joker’s Handbook two-book series, he brings you a sly collection of his best and funniest finds. These handbooks are filled with tips, stories, and tactics to play at home, at work, at school — anywhere. From how to jury-rig a toilet tank to using a kazoo to place an order in the fast-foot drive-through, Nyberg delivers the goods.This one will have pranksters (and maybe even the victim) in stitches! But before you execute these pranks, remember, it’s only funny if both parties find humour (eventually) in the prank. With that said, here’s an excerpt with some pranks from The Practical Joker’s Handbook: The Sequel to get you started!

Happy pranking!

Make this year’s Valentine’s Day your best ever!

Need ideas for the perfect date? Recipes for romantic dinners? Gift ideas for your significant other? We’ve got you covered. Check out these great books to make this Valentine’s Day your best one ever!

Fun & Creative Dates for Dating Couples

In Fun & Creative Dates for Dating Couples: 52 Ways to Have Fun Together, you’ll find ideas for all kinds of dates to celebrate your relationship with that special someone — romantic dates, inspiring dates, even dates that challenge you! From rock climbing and hot air ballooning to playing in the rain or volunteering for a worthy cause, you’ll have a hard time choosing which one to do first.

The Book of Sexy Games

The perfect Valentine’s Day charmer, this clever kit includes 10 games as well as a foldout game board to inspire your inner-Cupid. If you can’t decide what to play, then spin Cupid’s arrow and let it decide for you!

Gifts Cooks Love

Express your love with handmade gifts, one of life’s most precious commodities. Gifts Cooks Love offers something for every level of cook and tips on how to beautifully wrap your edible gifts. The 40 recipes featured in this book will be sure to please all palates.

Joy of Cooking

This is the ultimate cookbook that will help novice and pros alike make the most elegant meals from succulent steaks to fancy cocktails to decadent frozen desserts. In addition to having hundreds of recipes, The Joy of Cooking also includes cooking tips to ensure you make the most memorable meal ever!

The Good Wife Guide and The Good Husband Guide
The Good Wife Guide: A Little Seedling BookThe Good Husband Guide: A Little Seedling Book

These two guides make humourous gifts for brides-to-be or married couples on Valentine’s Day (as long as they have a great sense of humour!). They contain all the secrets to helping your special someone feel comfortable and content.

Wreck the Halls

When I was given the task of writing on the S&S blog (I’ve never blogged before, apparently I live under a rock), I was a little worried about what I would write about as the new marketing intern. That is, until I got my “assignment” – Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets Festive. So, in the name of research, I spent the afternoon flipping through the book, almost peeing my pants laughing in the process.

What is a Cake Wreck, you ask? According to the hilarious Jen Yates and her equally inappropriately funny husband, John, “a Cake Wreck is any professionally made cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, [or] inappropriate….”

In her first book, Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong, (which just so happened to become a New York Times Bestseller), we saw creepy baby cakes, cakes with questionable spelling, anti-sexual harassment cakes, and, my favorite, divorce cakes (nothing says it better than a cake with “I Didn’t Like You That Much Anyway” written on it…except maybe the “Go Die in a Car Fire” cake).

Cake Wrecks

And now, Yates is back with a second helping of Cake Wrecks. With Santa being eaten by an alligator and vampire pilgrim cakes, who needs a Hallmark card?

Watch the trailer

Both Cake Wrecks and Wreck the Halls are actually books, with over two hundred pages of cake wreck photos accompanied by Yates’ special blend of wit and sarcasm. And somehow, they don’t stop being funny, but actually become even funnier because, as you flip through it with friends, you know what is coming. Wreck the Halls is the perfect Christmas gift and offers sweet relief from holiday shopping madness, whether you give it as a gift or, if you are like me, you keep it for yourself.

To win a copy of Wreck the Halls, share your own cake wreck photo and submit it to the Simon & Schuster Facebook page where you can also check out the recent Simon & Schuster Cake Wrecks event with Jen Yates at Indigo in Yorkdale.

For more Cake Wrecks, check out Be sure to follow @CakeWrecks on Twitter and like Cake Wrecks on Facebook!