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A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities (Quirky Essays for Quirky People Book 2) by [Venkataraman, Barbara]
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About the Author

Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman, is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection. She is the author of The Jamie Quinn mysteries; "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," which are part of the "Quirky Essays for Quirky People" series. Both books of humorous essays were chosen as an "Indie Book of the Day".

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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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This is a collection of eight short essays reflecting on some of the wryly humorous aspects of life. ‘A Trip to the hardware store’ is a reminder that those of us without the handyperson gene are not alone. It’s a reminder, too, that failures can be amusing but costly. ‘Dinner is served’ shows just how hard it can be to organise a dinner party - organising people is the easy part – but food? Forget it.

‘Gadget Girl’ reminds me of my younger self; a time I really believed that it was essential to own and use task-specific tools. I may still own some, but they are never going to wear out through over use.

My favourite was ‘High Finance’ which involves four sisters working out who owes what to whom and for what. I’ve seen versions of it played out over bills for groups at the end of meals, but that is usually embarrassing to observe while Barbara Venkataraman’s version is fun to read.

The other four essays are: ‘Your account is past due’; Lazy bones’; Where did the time go?’ and ‘Beyond belief’. Each is funny because it is easy to relate to; each relies on observation and situation for its humorous impact. There’s neither sex nor violence here. I believe this is Ms Venkataraman’s second collection of humorous essays: I’ll look out for the first.

I enjoyed Ms Venkataraman’s style: these are perfect essays for reading in those small interstices of time available to each of us as we spend time (in queues and waiting rooms) waiting for the next event in our own lives.

Note: I was offered an accepted a copy of these essays for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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It's very hard to sum up this unique book in a review. The subject matters for each of the essays could not be more diverse, and it's this eclectic mix of funny and unpredictable topics that keeps you interested throughout.
Barbara Venkataraman has a really fun and easy writing style and the book was a pleasure to read from beginning to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tickles The Funny Bone 15 Dec. 2016
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I swear I'm going to collect everyone of these books by this author! I have never had this much fun. I love reading these essays ... and I know each and every one of us could add our own stories and we would all understand!

It's so hard to pick favorites from these offerings.

A Trip To The Hardware Store: This one will definitely resonate with all those DIY people out there or those of us who have lived with one. I do admit to having a Home Depot charge card...and could spend spend almost as many hours looking at their shelves as I do in bookstores. (I always wanted to own a sledge hammer)

Dinner Is Served: For the women who would like to serve a sit down dinner for several of her girlfriends, some of whom have never met each other. What a great way to introduce friends to friends. The biggest drawback ... the menu. A humorous look at trying to please everyone.

Lazy Bones: A funny look at the differences between those who are actually lazy and those that are efficient, but perceived as lazy. Procrastination anyone?

Your Account Is Past Due: I really connected with this one! Working in the medical field so many years, one of my duties always seemed to be in collections. What happens when you send out a collection letter to someone who turns out to be a neighbor .. or friend? I learned the hard way to sign a different name to my letters ... just in case. A collector makes enemies ..a collector makes friends. And the stories a collector hears! There should be a whole book dedicated to the things that collectors must learn!

Gadget Girl: The author must have peeked into my kitchen! I am not usually a hoarder ...but I have gadgets of all kinds .. mostly for the kitchen. My favorite is a slicer for hard boiled eggs. You turn it one way, and it slices, then you turn it the other way and it slices again ... perfect for salads. Until I read this one, I didn't realized there were more gadgets out there ... I feel a shopping trip coming up soon!

Where Did Time Go: I laughed so hard and so long at this one, time got away from me! Tomorrow is another day ...Right?

Beyond Belief: When a woman's spouse looks at her and doesn't believe she used to do something he knew nothing about. Men should really be careful about what they say!

High Finance: I can't even describe how this works .. especially among siblings! I love how everything balances out at the end ... and I do mean end!

This is a quick, easy read, unless you have to stop every minute or two to wipe your eyes. Keep the kleenex handy. I highly recommend this one to anyone who needs a little stress relief, a good belly laugh, a few chuckles, and the memories this brings back

Many thanks to the author who so graciously furnished the digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good For A Laugh 22 Jan. 2017
By B. Gill - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a hilarious trip down memory lane. No offense to the author, but this book would be a good one to place in the bathroom if you do that sort of thing. The stories are short and very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Laugh Riot! 12 Aug. 2013
By P. Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
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No matter how many times I read this book, it still makes me laugh until I almost drop to the floor. This book is eight essays, so it is a fairly quick read. "Lazy Bones" is one of my favorites, because I can really relate to the art of procrastination. I love her quote supposedly from Woodrow Wilson " Today's greatest labor saving device is tomorrow" It may have worked for Woodrow, but unfortunately when I use it on my wife in reference to cleaning out the basement, it doesn't seem to work at all. "Your Account is Past Due" gives us a comical peek in to her world of bill collecting. She gives away some of her trade secrets such as eating a sandwich during the negotiation process, while the debtor thinks she's discussing the payment with her client. Not only is this book extremely funny, but it is very witty and intelligently written. The stories really relate to the crazy world we live in today. As a comedy author I can appreciate how difficult that is to do. I don't write many reviews, but this book deserves a shout out. I will look out for more of Barbara's books in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A relaxing read 23 Jun. 2014
By Margaret Lake - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't have much time to read so I like to grab shorter works so I can finish them quickly. I also have trouble sleeping and need books that will relax me.

No, this book did NOT put me to sleep. Rather, it entertained and relaxed me so that when I did get back to sleep, I still had a smile on my face.

Obviously, the author grew up where I did since she mentioned Victoria Station (not the British one). I remember the place well and that trip down memory lane did add to my enjoyment of the book.

But what I really appreciated was that tip about keeping your sanity when shopping with your octogenarian, slightly dementia'd parents. I'll have to remember that on my next trip to WalMart with my mother who passed octogenarian a few years ago.

I recommend this book if you just want to curl up in your recliner for an hour and enjoy a fun read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Quick Read 17 Nov. 2014
By HuntleyMC - Published on Amazon.com
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What a fun and quick read A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities was. Everyone can relate to the stories that Barbara Venkataraman shares in this book but easy, flowing style of writing and her sense of humor makes them truly enjoyable to read. Some of the topics touched on are a father that tries to be Mr. Fix-it, working in the food service industry and the way siblings interact with each other that their spouses don't understand.

This book is a good read for anyone that needs something that will fill anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour of time. Each story is relatively short so it could even be used as a time filler throughout the day when you know you only have a minute here or there to read.
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