Book Review: A Trip to the Hardware Store and other Calamaties by Barbara Venkataraman

August 1, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: A Trip to the Hardware Store and other Calamaties by Barbara VenkataramanA Trip to the Hardware Store and other Calamaties by Barbara Venkataraman
on first published June 18th 2013
Narrator: Carrie Lee Martz
Length: 55 mins
Genres: Humor, Non-Fiction
Source: Author
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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.


My Thoughts

This is only about an hour long on Audible and I had the pleasure of listening while working around the house. Instead of having to deal with mundane chores and whining about it, I got to laugh! Plus I really think I did more than usual because this was just so much fun to listen to.

There are short stories in this and all of them have a real sense of humor that is almost dark. The one about being a collector was hilarious and made me wonder and hope that everyone that is a collector gets the experience like this one. I can also attest to the fact that, although I trust my hubby, letting him go to the hardware store or fix something himself is almost as funny (and horrible) as the Dad in this.

This would be great to listen to on a short plane ride, or like I said, doing those mundane tasks around the house. I cannot wait to listen to more! Love the author’s style and the narrator, Carrie Lee Martz, was fabulous as well.




The Author

Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. She is the author of “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy, “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place,” a humorous short story 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 an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.”

Her latest works are: “Death by Didgeridoo,” and “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” both Jamie Quinn mysteries.” All of her books are available on Amazon Kindle.

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