A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities

  • by Barbara Venkataraman
  • Narrated by Carrie Lee Martz
  • 0 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Well worth the listen

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

one sitting

Any additional comments?

This book was laugh out loud funny, which can be embarrassing when you are listening to an audio book, depending on where you are. The namesake story wa the funniest by far. I am very glad to have grown up around men and women who always knew their way around a hardware store, or at least were willing to admit it when they were in over their heads, before things got to bad off. Well worth the read or the listen, especially if you need to laugh. .

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- Tracy Jillard


If you could sum up A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities in three words, what would they be?

Fun, calamitous, truth

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities?

The matter of the "slight" remodeling necessary in the Trip to The Hardware Store... Understatement of the year!

Which scene was your favorite?

The dining room re flooring...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen all in one sitting. We had a long car trip, and managed to finish it.

Any additional comments?

This was a commpendium of wonderful short stories, which were hilarious and believable. I think, based on some things I've read, that these are based on real life occurrences for the author. The narrator, Carrie Lee Martz, is once again phenomenal and wickedly versatile. Each story had it's own 'voice'. She is a tremendously talented lady!

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- erobbins33

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-26-2014
  • Publisher: Barbara Markley