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A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities (Quirky Essays for Quirky People Book 2) (English Edition) par [Venkataraman, Barbara]
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At 8,000 words, 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.

Biographie de l'auteur

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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HASH(0x94b46a14) étoiles sur 5 A Trip to the Hardware Store 6 mars 2014
Par Serena E. Stout - Publié sur
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I don't know if these essays are based on real life, but it doesn't really matter as they are all well told stories about life. Some of the tales are laugh out loud funny and others are poignant. It is impossible to pick a favorite. Barbara Venkataraman could easily be the next Erma Bombeck or Teresa Bloomingdale if she wanted to write a column instead of these short books of essays.
This was such a great reading experience that I am hoping that she writes a third book of these type of essays.
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HASH(0x94b55900) étoiles sur 5 ‘He always gave it his best when it came to home repairs, but my dad was in way over his head.’ 1 juin 2014
Par Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Publié sur
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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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HASH(0x94baa900) étoiles sur 5 A Laugh Riot! 12 août 2013
Par P. Julier - Publié sur
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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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HASH(0x94b46210) étoiles sur 5 giggle worthy! 28 septembre 2014
Par Leiah - Publié sur
Everyone has them. Those weird tales, slightly embarrassing, a real pain when it is happening, but leaving a lasting impression. You know the ones. The ones you pull out at parties, or over the meal when the new girl/boy friend comes to dinner and you want to embarrass the sister/brother. That sort of things.

This little group of essays tells some of these little stories, and they are well worth the listen for a good chuckle and a story of your own for a party. “Wait till you hear this! I listened to this group of essays the other day . . .”

I especially like the title essay, as I am a hardware store nut myself, and with Carrie Lee Martz’s narration it had me in stitches. Of course, all of the essays are funny and well worth the listen. Come on, it’s less than an hour long, pick it up and listen already! It’s only $2,76 at Audible, and if you are anything like me, it will make your day.


I received the audio from the author, but this in no way impacts my review.
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HASH(0x94b4a498) étoiles sur 5 A relaxing read 23 juin 2014
Par Margaret Lake - Publié sur
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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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