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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities Review


This collection of humorous essays explores such quirky topics as: disastrous home repairs, ("A Trip to the Hardware Store"), an unfortunate dinner party ("Dinner is Served"), the truth about lazy people ("Lazy Bones"), the weird life of a debt collector ("Your Account is Past Due") and obsessions with gadgets ("Gadget Girl"). Other essays examine how surreal the aging process is ("Where Did the Time Go?"), why you shouldn't judge a person by their job ("Beyond Belief"), and how to complicate simple transactions ("High Finance"). Like the author's first work, "I'm Not Talking About You, Of Course...," these essays will give your spirit a lift and leave you smiling.

Review

I received this book as an audio book. I really enjoyed this collection of funny tales. Everyone can relate to at least one if not all these tales of humor. My husbands nickname is Tim Taylor, so I especially loved A Trip to the Hardware Store. I listened to this over a few days after work to unwind and it brought a lot of smiles and laughs. The narrator was really good and kept my attention, I didn't get bored at all. The book was funny, witty and very well written and narrated. If you are looking for a little bit of entertainment in the car while you travel this summer, this is it! Check it out, you won't be disappointed!

About the Author

Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of "The Fight for Magicallus," a children's fantasy, a humorous short story entitled "If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place," and two books of humorous essays: "I'm Not Talking about You, Of Course" and "A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities," in her series "Quirky Essays for Quirky People". "A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities" was chosen as "Indie Book of the Day" in October.

Her latest works are "Death by Didgeridoo," first in the Jamie Quinn series, and "The Case of the Killer Divorce," the second Jamie Quinn mystery, just out! Coming soon, "Peril in the Park," the third of the Jamie Quinn series.

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