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Is It Spicy? [Kindle Edition]

Julia Barrett
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Do you have a Jewish mother? Would you like to borrow mine? I have a helpful Jewish mother ready, willing and available to interfere in every aspect of your life. If there’s a way to please her when she comes for a visit, I haven’t yet discovered it. Perhaps you’ll have more success.

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From the Author

I think of my family as normal. Of course normal is relative. Although the story is fiction, the truth is, well, it's true. Enjoy.

About the Author

I'm J.R. Barrett aka Julia Barrett aka Julia Rachel Barrett.  I write because I love to write - nonfiction, fiction, romantic fiction, poetry. If you're reading this, thank you so much. Hope you'll try my  books.

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  • File Size: 204 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NU62EA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,354 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taking the good with the bad March 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What is it about our parents that when they get older, they seem to lose that verbal filter, and anything or everything they say is awkward or embarrassing for us? I guess it may be payback for the times we caused a fuss when we were children, as if our roles have now been reversed. I couldn't help but see my own parents in this story: the dad who whispers loudly, drawing even more attention to something that shouldn't be vocalized, and the mom who always seems to find something to fret or to complain about.

Told in first-person from a much put-upon daughter's POV, this short story is very much a study in patience and forbearance, and really, a study in love, most of all. Even as it focuses on those family quirks you may have to choke down with a couple of aspirin, the tone of this story is gently honest and funny and never mean-spirited. It's a very nicely told slice of life story many readers will identify with- just a dinner with the parents that seems to exemplify all that is good but tiresome about those we love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is spicy! September 6, 2012
By Dales
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Just lovely! Wayy too short, but definately sweet, funny and realistic. This is an excellent short story. 6 stars! And two thumbs way up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Laughed Out Loud Many Times February 13, 2012
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I've read a lot of short stories recently and this is one of the best. If you have kids or aging parents, you will enjoy this story. At one point I was sure the author was channeling my mother. I'm sure many of you will feel that way too.

A fun, quick read (about 250 Kindle locations). I had a good laugh and will definitely look for more books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A spicy little treat! February 11, 2012
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A wonderful short story about a dinner I think we can all relate to at one table or another. This story by J. R. Barrett is a quick, enjoyable read.
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More About the Author

If one word describes me, it's eclectic. Or so my friends say. I'm a lover of books, poetry, art, history, baseball, barbecue, chocolate, coffee, children, animals and the great outdoors. I'm a hospice nurse as well as a writer, but I got my first job at the age of twelve so believe me when I tell you if my heroines are doing it, I've probably done it. At the heart of every one of my stories is a real life event. (Even in Captured!)

If I was pressed to brand my romances, I guess I'd say I write romance for the thinking woman. Or I try. I layer my stories with meaning - I have fun, yes, but I draw on my literary background and I love nothing more than to sprinkle a special pixie dust composed of one part mythos, one part symbolism. I'm quite fond of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung.

Family is everything to me. I keep my kids private, but my mom and dad and my poor husband are occasionally fair game! And I talk about my German shepherd, Jake, all the time.

I am also a hospice nurse and I write nonfiction-- articles for medical and nursing journals. I have a full-length work of nonfiction regarding my experiences with hospice: One Foot In Heaven, Journey of a Hospice Nurse.

Come by and visit anytime! juliarachelbarrett(dot)net


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