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Kim’s Review of “The Unfaithful Widow” by Barbara Barth


 DECEMBER  29, 2010

 

    ~~I’m head over heels in love with Barbara Barth. 

Here’s three reasons why:    She’s hilarious.  She’s hilarious.  She’s daaaamn hilarious.

In The Unfaithful Widow  Barth  writes several short essays about her first year alone after the death of her husband.  The first sentence from “The Blue Cupboard” immediately made me smile.

“Some women have fantasies about sex.  I had  fantasies about owning a blue cupboard…I used to dream about this cupboard,…primitive, large and with just a hint of old robins egg blue paint.”

Barth brings her readers into her own private  journey when she writes about about pity parties, the man of her dreams, dating again,  condoms, the x rated chapter, the underwear thief,  heavy petting (with dogs- that is), counting xanax instead of sheep, reflection on men and dogs, talking to God,  and the quickest date in the universe.

“I arrived at the coffee shop a little early…the door flung open and a tall, thin well-dressed man rushed in…I stood up to get his attention, smiled at him and started to say “Hi.”

“I’ve left something in the car.  I’ll be right back.”

With that he dashed back out.

He is not coming back, I thought. 

Then I started laughing.”

The Unfaithful Widow is a book about rediscovery, searching for who you once were, and in the end, finding exsactly what you were looking for. 

It is a book about surviving…….in the midst of losing our deepest, greatest  loves.

On a cold winter’s night, these uplifting, amusing, insightful essays are just what the doctor ordered.   

—-ATTENTION CHICKS:      Convince Barbara why you need a copy of her signed book, The Unfaithful Widow– in the comment section at the bottom of this page.  If she is completely convinced that you really need a laugh on a snowy, snowy night, she will send you a copy……  Keep checking to see if you won!

–Barbara’s Web Site:   http://www.barbarabarth.net/


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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Charlene
    December 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I love the way Barbara writes and would love to win a copy of her book! If there is one thing I love to do ladies it is laugh, laugh, laugh- so PLEEEEAAAAASE send that autographed copy my way!! 🙂

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      Barbara
      December 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm

      Charlene – send me your address! I am sending books to all. This is the original with a few typos, but the very same every other way! bb-bjd@comcast.net. Hugs, B

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    elizabeth
    December 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    written by one of my favorite people in the world. and it’s about one of the funniest women I have met in a long time!
    Kudos to your interview about Barbara’s inspiring book. And now i get to see Barbara in turquoise!
    loved the book. and get out there!
    xx
    elizabeth

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      Barbara
      December 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm

      You have my book! Now we need to chat. Love at the New Year. B

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    Amy NEEDS to Win this Book! :)
    December 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Oh! I desperately need to win this book – but not for me! It would be for my MOTHER! That woman needs a laugh right now more than ever. She and her jackass husband (who financially ruined them and left her and my youngest sister hanging out to dry, have parted ways (For which I am so friggin’ thankful. . .)! Unfortunately, she’s left feeling rather down-trodden about the whole thing and isn’t too excited about being a divorcee at the age of 57. Despite my trying to convince her that 57 is really the new 37 and that there exists LOTS of fun to still be had, she’s flung herself into the moat. Maybe reading this will have her swimming instead of SINKING in it. . . I’ve been smiling ever since I heard he was gone, but my heart is breaking for my mom – she really could use the laugh. xoxo

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    Barbara
    December 30, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Amy send me your mother’s mailing address- or yours. I will send a copy to her! The contest is still running, so I hope there will be comments left. But your Mom needs to read my book. It will make her smile if nothing else. Barbara bb-bjd@comcast.net

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    Tia
    December 30, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I need this book! I have been married for twenty two years and I do not think that I could go on if something happened to my husband. Also, I teach 8th grade and I am always looking for a good laugh. I found in life, laughter is the best medicine. The strength and courage that you display to go on is indescribable you are a role model for others.

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      Barbara
      December 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm

      Tia -send me your mailing address. I am sending books to all! I love all the comments and it is the holiday! B bb-bjd@comcast.net

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    susan boswell
    December 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Great interview Barbara, and I am so glad featured you here on her site! OK, so I need to win this book for two reasons.
    1. I have more animals than Barbara… three dogs, 3 cats and a bird.
    2. The main reason I need to win, is for my Aunt Betty Jo. Aunt BJ is a lovely Southern woman , a true Steel Magnolia from the cultured, sans red-neck side of my family. Aunt BJ is 73, and just got a facelift. She has worn her blonde hair in a classic updo-french twist for the last 45 years. She eats sushi and is a lot more cool than most 25 year olds… Since her husband of 55 years, my Uncle Charlie , died 18 months ago, she has tried dating to no avail. She says the old men are boring her to tears. But here is the problem… Aunt BJ has a BIG crush on my husband . She thinks he hung the moon…
    So help me win the book for Aunt BJ. Plus, I want to read it to. It could save my marriage!

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      Barbara
      December 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm

      I want your husband too. Been reading about him on skirt! Send me your mailing address and I am sending a copy to you too. Hugs, B bb-bjd@comcast.net

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    kim sisto robinson
    December 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    ~~You are all simply Faaaaaaaaaaaaaabulous.

    love love love.

    ME

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    Barbara
    December 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Kim – this is the best fun! Thanks for sharing my book on your site. Love you! B

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    Kim Sisto-Robinson
    December 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Hey, Barbara,

    Thanks so much for your generous offer of giving out your books!

    For me, reading “An Unfaithful Widow” was truly an escapism away from my own reality.

    Thank you for that.

    Love you, too. xx K.

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    Amy
    January 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Barbara! Kim! Barbara! Kim!
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
    I received Barbara’s book in the mail and delivered it unto the hands of my mother. She was very surprised and the inscription made her smile like I haven’t seen her smile in a while. It was thrilling. Today, she called me and told me that she finally sat down and started reading it (something she hasn’t had the time or attention for lately) and said that she is loving it. I can’t tell you the last time she sat down to just READ. I am so grateful to you. THANK YOU. xoxo

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    Barbara
    January 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Amy – just logged on here to read Kim’s latest and of course had to look at my reveiw again! I am so happy your mother started enjoying my book! That means everything to me. Thanks for the update. Hugs, Barbara

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