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I'm Not Talking About You, Of Course... (Quirky Essays for Quirky People Book 1) by [Venkataraman, Barbara]
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  • File Size: 342 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00821JBBS
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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The essays reminded me of similar projects I had completed, years ago now, but still relevant. The writing was witty and engaging, I felt like I could converse with Barbara for everything she wrote, I had my own anecdotal response.

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.
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The best line in the book appears early in the story called "A Jolt of Electricity" and it is
"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.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 74 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Funny 14 Dec. 2016
By booklover - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very fast read of 28 pages. It humorously covers insights into the important topics that most of all have faced at least once in our lives.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Laugh Bites! 18 Feb. 2017
By Cyndi - Published on Amazon.com
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Quick laugh bites! The book is filled with funny essays that look at the laughter in life. Things that would make most people angry Barbara finds the humor in them. I love her style of writing and would read any thing she lends her hand to. She is brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh how I can relate! 10 Jan. 2015
By C M Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I started reading this with the expectations of "gossip" type of things about the neighbors or something silly. I never thought that my very sides would split as I could relate to things she said about herself. The killer one for me was "THE SLEEP STUDY". Oh My word, was that EVER absolutely true!!!!! They do strap things on you and wire you up like they are going to make you into a Frankenstein's Monster. But the absolute worst is when they put that mask on your face and ask you questions, and when you try to open your mouth to speak, it feels like you are drowning in the nonstop influx of air in your nose. Then you are expected to sleep normally while they watch. This terrific book is filled with great essays that will amuse and entertain you. You will want to read it again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest 15 Pages You Will Ever Read 29 Mar. 2014
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This is the funniest thing I have ever read.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars And they call me negative! LOL 7 May 2015
By GG Castillo - Published on Amazon.com
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Ive got to say, as a dog lover, the first essay turned me off, big time. I almost stopped reading twice, but I dredged on reading for some reason I cant explain. Then the author came back with the cutest quip and I was happy to continue with the next essay. Before I knew it, the book of essays was over, asking for me to review it.

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 :)
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