Author: Barb Taub
Photography by Jayalakshmi Ayyer and Janine Smith
Independently Published: February 2021
Guess what India? We’re baaack! After our travel adventures the year before in which none of us technically died—although there were times it seemed like an attractive option—my two long-suffering travel companions, Jaya and Janine, actually agreed to another India trip. This time, we chose Rajasthan as a destination, mostly in hopes it would be as far as possible from people who might remember us from last year.Join us as we crash a wedding our first night, fall victim to an ancient curse, ride camels across a desert and elephants up a mountain—and eat our way across Rajasthan in the process.
Our adventurous trio (Barb from Scotland, Janine from Washington DC and Jaya from India) first made an appearance in Do Not Wash Hands in Plates when they decided to (try and) coordinate their outward journeys and meet at an airport in India. This time however, the get together was looking as though it might not happen when beaurocracy meant Janine’s visa was delayed…and delayed…and delayed some more, eventually necessitating an e-visa just in time for her flight.
Author: Barb Taub
Published: 1st February by Amazon
Category: Humour, Memoir, Essays, Parents, Kids, Relationships
ONCE UPON A TIME…
Chapter 1. A California girl named Barb met her prince of a guy. He was tall, dark, and handsome. (Actually, he was a Republican. But he was definitely tall.) They fell in love, and got married.
Chapter 2. He brought her to his castle in England and they lived happily ever after. THE END**
**Luckily, 35+ years of living happened between Chapters 1 and 2, giving Barb plenty of material for this collection (in no particular chronological order) from her newspaper columns, articles, blog posts, and that time she killed Mom.
And that’s before Chapter 3 even starts.
“I have learned to put down the coffee and place breakable objects at a safe distance when a post from Barb Taub comes up. It is very hard to drink coffee and laugh at the same time without redecorating the desk…”—author Sue Vincent
Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.
I knew I would enjoy this, having read the hilarious posts on Barb’s blog during her travels. I wasn’t wrong. It’s a quick, but very funny, read at less than 100 pages and was published in January 2016. Continue reading
The Painting and The Piano, by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo, is an improbable story of survival and love.
Growing up more than a thousand miles apart and worlds away from each other, Johnny and Adrianne seemed to have all that a child could ask for. However, the demons of their respective mothers would tear their young, fragile lives apart.
Eventually, destiny would bring Johnny and Adrianne together, but first they had to endure the painful toll that alcohol, drugs, and a negligent court system would take on them. With parts of Adrianne’s story ripped from national news headlines, their story takes them from the depths of despair and near death, to their first serendipitous introduction and the moment each knew they were finally safe. Continue reading
- Author: Barb Taub
- Photography: Jayalakshmi Ayyer/Janine Smith
- Category: Travel, Memoir, Humour
Once upon the Land Before Time (or at least before mobile phones), my two best friends and I decided to leave the US from separate locations and meet up in Europe. To everyone’s shock, Janine, Jaya and I pulled it off—mostly because we went to Luxembourg, a country so small the odds in favor of chance street encounters were almost 100%, but also because Jaya was carrying the BS, a blue suitcase so enormous it took up approximately a third of the country’s square footage and was visible on satellite images. We couldn’t possibly miss.
Barb, Janine and Jaya decided to arrange another get together and chose to meet in India. Barb was travelling from Scotland, Janine from Washington DC and Jaya, who lives in India, would meet them at the airport. A recipe for disaster? But no, they hooked up without too many problems. There follows a hilarious account of an Indian trip of a lifetime, which includes delicious food, wonderful attractions, food, temples, more food, Dehli belly, Indian medicines, lots of food and death-defying driving, to spotlight just a few features. You’ll notice food is the most predominant. As Barb explains ‘I was in India, and it could only mean one thing. Soon it would be time to eat again.’ Continue reading
- Author: Bette Lee Crosby
- Published: June 1014 by Bent Pine Publishing
- Category: Memoir
Based on the realities of her own family, Crosby calls this a memoir of sorts. Traveling back to a time when the sisters were young enough to feel invincible and foolish enough to believe it would last forever, Crosby has bared her soul in a story of regrettable decisions and inevitable outcomes.
Blueberry Hill is a tale of family relationships, love and tragedy. It is a story that will touch your heart and stay with you long after you have closed the book.
A straight from the heart story of two sisters, Bette and Donna, as different as they could be but especially close nonetheless. Donna is the younger sibling, strong-willed and the most adventurous, the wild child as opposed to her more careful and quieter older sister. Donna is determined to live life her way and experience whatever the world has to offer. When you’re so young there are no thoughts of consequences or eventualities, for yourself or your family.
This tale tells of happy times and sadness, the strength and love of a family, of dealing with the results of actions and decisions made. It’s engaging, heartbreaking and tragic but underlying everything the overwhelming love shines through. To watch someone so close deteriorate in health is a horrendous ordeal. Despite her inclination to keep her feelings and suffering contained Donna has a huge capacity for love which is shown through her relationship with her sister and her children.
A very moving and heartfelt recollection of a much-loved sister whose loss is unmistakably still felt to this day. A story that will resonate with all of us who have lost someone close. It must have been so painful and emotional to write but Bette Lee Crosby tells the story beautifully with a wonderful candour.
My favourite quote is from Ms Crosby in the author’s note at the beginning ~
Each day is a gift. Treasure it and remember it for what it is. There may come a time when that memory is all you have.
BlueBerry Hill may be purchased from Amazon US and Amazon UK