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A Few Choice Words: The Fine Art of Talking to People Who Don't Speak Your Language — Amusing Anecdotes and Stories. 10,233 words; $1.99.


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THIS COLLECTION of humorous anecdotes and short stories is adapted from journals I kept in the late seventies while traveling abroad with my husband, Harry, then an out-of-work professional musician who had come up with a unique idea for how we could not only be well paid to travel First Class to several foreign countries and capital cities of the World, but also get all our expenses reimbursed by the corporate client who bought his idea—a story in itself told at the end of this book.

Briefly, this travel was in regard to Harry's work as producer of the International Crafts Exposition presented for two years at Busch Gardens Theme Park in Williamsburg, Virginia, a topic discussed in The Drummer Drives!

All the stories in this book add to those in my memoir about my unusual life with Harry, a man known not only for his extraordinary talents as a musician, but or his keen sense of humor and gutsy approach to life. Some language-related excerpts from The Drummer Drives! are included at the end of this book.

Book's Table of Contents:

"We go by feet"
 Zip Your Lip!
Move Your Arse!
The French Connection
The Only English He Knew
You're Goethe? I Thought He Was Dead
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Unemployment
A Love Affair with Books (Drummer Drives! excerpt)
Word Play (Drummer Drives! excerpt)

Review comments . . .

"I love hearing about customs in other countries, but the personal touch of the observations of a wife traveling with her resourceful husband made it more interesting. They would have made a cute 1950's sitcom, but instead of Lucy & Ricardo or Fred & Ethyl, they could have been Harry & Barbara! We have future plans to visit Italy and I might actually make use of their hints on how to communicate when not speaking the language." ~ Barb Francis

"This is a light and easy read, full of comical incidents told in a way that only Barbara Brabec can tell. Wait till you read about the trip to Paris ... Barbara puts you right there in the room with her and Harry, waiting (not so patiently) ... You'll go to several countries with Barbara and Harry, and laugh every step of the way. Entertaining for sure!" ~ Terrie (Amazon reviewer)  

"I enjoyed reading this little book. The incidents were humorous and the pacing moved right along." ~ Beverly Mazze

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