Book Review: Quirky Essays for Quirky People by Barbara Venkataraman

Quirky Essays for Quirky People by Barbara Venkataraman

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Title: Quirky Essays for Quirky People
Author: Barbara Venkataraman
Publisher: Independently Published
Publish Date: May 13, 2014
Genre: Humor
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


For the first time, all in one place, the award-winning books, “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” and “I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course,” PLUS seven bonus essays. What a collection! If this doesn’t make you smile, then you’re not even trying.

“A Trip to the Hardware Store”
These humorous essays explore 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”).
“I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course”
A collection of humorous insights into important topics ranging from annoying pet people (“I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course”), to analyzing your inner child (“Irrational Fears”), to living like the Amish in the aftermath of a hurricane (“A Jolt of Electricity”). Other essays examine just how much damage can be caused by a sneeze (“It All Started with a Loud Sneeze”), why it is so complicated to buy a tube of toothpaste (“Ask Me No Questions”), how a parent’s obsessive hobbies can become an inescapable vortex (“Crazy Hobbies”), and why spending the night in a sleep clinic is like being abducted by probing aliens (“Nightmare at the Sleep Clinic”).

Quirky Essays for Quirky People by Barbara Venkataraman
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A humorous collection of essays. A quick read that covers a variety of topics – friendships, work, aging, and some random thoughts thrown in for good measure. All quirky, and some laugh out loud funny.

List of essays:
1. “A Trip to the Hardware Store” – home repairs by dad
2. “Dinner is Served” – a dinner party
3. “Lazy Bones” – lazy people
4. “Your Account is Past Due” – debt collector
5. “Gadget Girl” – kitchen gadgets
6. “Where Did the Time Go?” – life with an aging parent
7. “Beyond Belief” – restaurant jobs
8. “High Finance” – settling bills, sister style
9. “I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course” – pet ownership
10. “Irrational Fears” – fears
11. “It All Started with a Loud Sneeze” – aging
12. “A Jolt of Electricity” – living without electricity
13. “Crazy Hobbies” – a parent’s hobbies
14. “Ask Me No Questions” – too many questions & upselling
15. “Friends in Low Places” – frogs
16. “Martha, I Let You Down” – cooking dinner
17. “No Right Answer” – friendship with a writer
18. “Words of Wisdom” – family secrets
19. “The Sweet Life” – candy radar
20. “If I Had to Choose” – insects
21. “You Think You Know a Person” – bacteria
22. “A Case of Age Discrimination” – aging
23. “Bittersweet” – chocolate
24. “Nightmare at the Sleep Clinic” – sleep clinic experience

I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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