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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00821JBBS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,028,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm Not Talking About You, Of Course... (Quirky Essays for Quirky People Book 1) Kindle Edition
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If you are a fan of BBC's Room 101, I have an inkling that you may just enjoy this. And I would say that these essays are targeted at a wide audience base, I'm sure anyone would feel they can relate, even to just an aspect of each essay.
Is it worth purchasing?
I would have to admit that I would not buy this were it more than 80p, and that is because in this day and age, you can easily find blogs with such conversational essays.
"If Amish people could time-travel to the past, would they notice?" The story is a retrospective on the consequences of the passage of hurricane Wilma that left the author and her family without power for approximately two weeks. Like most Floridians, the author had stocked a significant supply of emergency supplies such as batteries, flashlights, food and propane so they basically just had to wait out the power outage.
Venkataraman makes the experience sound amusing, frustrating, revealing and stressful, all at the same time. It was an experience that brought her family and the neighbors closer together, which was a good thing. However, as is the modern way, once the power was back on it was back to the individual activities involving televisions, video games and other activities not involving human interaction. The brief time of talking to other people was over to be replaced by interaction consisting of little more than an occasional wave.
There are eight short stories in the book, all of which are an expression of frustration at what can go wrong in life, even when you have the best of intentions. "Martha, I Let You Down" is a story about starting meal preparations with the best of intentions but having everything go wrong, leading to the ultimate plan B, ordering pizza.
Many people will be able to relate to the story "Nightmare at The Sleep Clinic" where the expansion of the body due to the onset of middle age takes place in the roof of her mouth. This leads to breathing problems during the evenings as the flab of the palate tries to do the natural thing and flow downhill.Read more ›
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I think my favorite was the chapter on animal lovers, specifically dogs. The author recounts a laugh-out-loud story about her father and her dog.
The cooking segment had me almost in tears I was laughing so hard.
And It Started With a Sneeze is priceless!
If you need a reason to laugh out loud or chuckle quietly ... you might want to read this one. Right now it's free on Amazon.
I'm hanging onto this one ... who knows when I'll feel the need to laugh out loud again.
Winner of the "Indie Book of the Day" award for June 7, 2014.
I got my email today from digitalbooktoday.com and it was on the freebies list. I did not pick it because it was short but because it was listed under humor. And I laughed and laughed and smiled wide and long.
It is just a few stories of things that happened to Barbara but she has such a wit and a way with words and her timing is so on she makes it from just a plain funny story into a hilarious one.
Just a few examples - Her friend the frog, the kitchen disaster, and people who love their pets too much. (Don't worry, she has two dogs).
If you have about a half an hour, and it is raining out and you are stuck inside, grab this while it is still free and grab it if it is not free because you will be laughing all day as you remember these stories.
Yep, I'm going to Amazon now to purchase another in this series. I'm hooked and its all Barbara Venkataraman's fault! Thanks for some great prose and good stories too. Just in case you'd like to know, my favorite is cooking curry :)