- File Size: 1566 KB
- Print Length: 277 pages
- Publisher: Amazon (February 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079428DNQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies Kindle Edition
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The top 10 lists and the wonderful stories about her family while she was growing up were among my favorites—the stories about her father in particular.
However, I have one question. Why is she allowed in the attic to watch television while her poor deprived children have to make do with books? Another question: Ms. Taub, how were you able to bring Joseph Kony in to your very, very funny narrative? I doff my hat to your genius.
I was impressed that she wrote for the Wall Street Journal (pre- Rupert Murdoch).
I’d recommend this book to anyone without hesitation.
Eau d’baby puke indeed!
The book includes material from newspaper articles, blog posts and life experiences, well put together and written with the author’s uniquely humorous take on situations and the events life has thrown at her. With intriguing headings such as Penis Envy Or The Revenge of Sixth-Grade Science Teacher…Won’t You Be My (CREEPY) Neighbor?…The Day I Killed MOM – A (MOSTLY) True Story, to name but a few, these anecdotes beg to be read and I’ve enjoyed doing so immensely.
Here’s the start of an extract to give you more of a flavour, which will be better than anything I could write in a review....
‘As proof of the continuing deterioration to be expected from advanced cases of parenthood, we decided it was time we acquired a puppy. Of course, before we got her we did careful research to determine the most intelligent and trainable breed for a family dog. Those who know how this technique has paid off for us in the past will not be surprised to learn that we became the proud owners of Natasha, a Border Collie who looked like Spuds McKenzie and boasted approximately two brain cells.
We reasoned that dog ownership would encourage the kids to spend time outdoors, become more responsible, and enjoy devoted companionship. Of course, the kids and the dog never got that memo. Instead I now got to spend healthful, responsible stretches of time in the great outdoors hanging around fences in my bathrobe and begging the dog to “go here”......'
This book is made up of some the posts that have appeared on Barb Taub’s blog over the last few years. There are eight parts covering: kids, relationships, life, holidays, travel, pets, death and writing, and as it says in the tagline it covers (mostly) funny stuff.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book over the last few days and I sincerely wish my mind worked in the same way as Barb’s does and that I was even half as funny. Barb is a professional and her books are turned out accordingly – well-written, well-formatted and with a smart cover. Some of the entries I recognised, because I was already following her blog, but that didn’t matter because re-reading any of them was a thing of joy, and there were plenty in there I hadn’t read before.
With her quick-witted sparky humour I’ve learned that when one of Barb’s posts arrive in my inbox I have to put all else aside (including any liquids, I’ll say no more!) and buckle up for what I’m about to read. Get this book and prepare to be entertained, you can thank me later.