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This was such a great reading experience that I am hoping that she writes a third book of these type of essays.
‘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.
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.
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.