Book Review: I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course by Barbara Vekataraman

22453287Title: I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course (Quirky Essays for Quirky People )

Author: Barbara Venkataraman

Publication Date: May 9, 2012


At 7,600 words, this work is 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 not to prepare dinner (“Martha, I Let You Down”), making new friends (“Friends in Low Places”), 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”).
If you don’t see yourself in each of these entertaining essays, then I’m not talking about you, of course.



I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.

I had listened to A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities and I like Barbara Venkataraman’s sense of humor so I was happy to listen to this book, too. I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course has several cute stories that we can all relate to. While the stories didn’t make me laugh out loud, I did find myself smiling or giggling a few times.

I could relate to many of the things that were talked about but the one that really hit home was the pain scale. You know, rating your pain on a scale from 1-10. Not only is what she says funny, but it is so true.

If you like cute, short stories and life observations, you’ll enjoy I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course.



About the Author:

5779805Barbara 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.” 



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