#BookReview “What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream?” by Brad Graber

Author: Brad Graber

Narrator: Derek Neumann

Length: 3 hours 35 minutes

Publisher: Dark Victory Press

Released: May 26, 2020

Genre: Humor

Why is a fly circling the deli? What can you learn from your dog about aging? Is Mahjong the real game of champions?If you’re a fan of David Sedaris, Erma Bombeck, or Andy Rooney, you’ll love Brad Graber’s new release What’s that Growing in My Sour Cream? – a compilation of over 70 humorous essays on the joys, challenges, and absurdities of life in America. Drawn from Graber’s blog “There, I Said It!” Graber introduces listeners to his sharp observations on everyday subjects such as Facebook friends, the odd messages stuffed into fortune cookies, and awkward man hugs. A bold new voice, Graber’s humor and wit are on full display in What’s that Growing in My Sour Cream?.

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Brad Graber writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one listened to him – so he made up stories about them. He’s the award-winning author of The Intersect and After the Fall, and writes a humor blog: There, I Said It! He currently resides in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff.

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Derek Neumann is actor and voice professional in the recording arts and sciences who has studied at both the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the British Academy’s Midsummer at Oxford’s Shakespeare program.

The musings and observations of Brad Graber’s What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream are not only humorous and entertaining but also relatable. From germs on planes to germs in the home (I think Brad’s a germaphobe! HA!), to food on cruises and holiday meals, to family dynamics and aging gracefully (or not), I found topics and situations I’ve often pondered and was encouraged to find I’m not the only person lamenting the extinction of authentic customer service.

Compiled of posts from Graber’s personal blog, this audiobook is perfect for a relaxing evening or drive. Derek Neumann’s smooth, unhurried narration felt as though I was listening to the observations of a good friend, and just as I was ready for more, the book ended.

Graber’s insight and wit remind us not only that it’s never too late, but also that we’re never truly alone.

Enjoy!

I volunteered to review this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Brad Graber. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Brad Graber’s top ten reasons you will love listening to What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream?
  1. You see humor in everyday happenings
  2. You enjoy Seinfeld, David Sedaris, Erma Bombeck, and the Chicken Soup Series
  3. You think Mahjong is the true game of champions
  4. You’re curious about what your dog can teach you about aging
  5. You’re perplexed by the odd messages in fortune cookies
  6. You keep walking into your spouse
  7. You laugh at awkward man hugs
  8. You’ve gone to the theatre and experienced the big head show
  9. You’ve noticed that the medicine cabinet is now in the kitchen
  10. You enjoy pedicures
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#AudioBookBlogTour “After the Fall” by Brad Graber

New Audio Tour: After the Fall by Brad Graber

Author: Brad Graber

Narrator: Kebba Button

Length: 8 hours 14 minutes

Publisher: Dark Victory Press

Released: Aug. 21, 2019

Genre: Young Adult Fiction; LGBTQ

 

Rikki, a teenager being raised by her grandmother in Queens, has a secret. She can’t remember her mother. Whenever Rikki asks her grandmother about her mother’s death, the older woman refuses to answer. Desperate to learn the truth, Rikki finds a hidden album with family photographs. Can the boy in the picture with her mother be a long lost uncle? Determined to unlock the mystery, she embarks on a journey to meet Harry, a writer who is struggling with his own issues of identity.

From the award-winning writer of The Intersect comes After the Fall, a fast-paced, engaging listen, with twists and turns that will surely surprise. After the Fall: an emotional roller-coaster of a mystery packed with personality and charm. Once you start the journey you won’t be able to turn back.

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Brad Graber writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one ever listened to him – so he made up stories about them.

After the Fall, released in May 2018, is Brad’s second novel. The story follows Rikki, a teenager being raised by her grandmother in NYC, who goes on a journey to learn the truth about her family. Eventually, she crosses paths with Harry, a writer in Phoenix, who is struggling with his own issues of identity. Brad’s debut novel The Intersect, released in 2016, tells the tale of strangers reaching out and finding love, friendship, and lasting connection in Phoenix. Both novels have won multiple awards and garnered rave reviews. Brad also writes a humorous blog on the human condition: There, I Said It!

Born and raised in New York City, Brad obtained a B.A. in Biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.H.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. A former healthcare executive, Brad has held a number of management positions and has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Medical Executive through Medical Group Management Association. Though he no longer works in healthcare, he continues to volunteer with local non-profits.

Brad has lived in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago; West Bloomfield, a suburb of Detroit; and Mill Valley, a suburb of San Francisco. He currently resides in Phoenix with his husband Jeff.

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Kebba Buckley Button has a passion for helping people find vitality and inner peace. Kebba teaches practical, memorable techniques for satisfied living. She emphasizes oriental and yogic philosophy, NLP, and energy balancing in addition to standard Western models and modalities. She is also a major advocate of both chocolate and coffee. Kebba has a holistic healing practice, speaks and writes award-winning books in addition to being an audiobook narrator.

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CHARACTERS OF AFTER THE FALL

Rikki Goldenbaum

Rikki is a fifteen year-old high school sophomore who is being raised by her grandmother, Rita, in New York City. She’s fashioned herself to look like Darlene Conner from the television show Roseanne. Rikki considers herself a Midwesterner after being raised in Birmingham, Michigan. She’s awkward and shy, and despite a psychiatric hospitalization, still can’t remember any details of her mother or her death. The doctors have assured Rikki that her memory will slowly return, but after four years, Rikki is now desperate to remember.   

Rita Goldenbaum

Rita is Rikki’s 75-year old grandmother. Bold and brash, her red hair and red finger nails hint at the edgy nature of Rita’s character. She’s very protective of her granddaughter though she prefers that Rikki call her Rita. She struggles with her raising Rikki in light of her past failings as a mother. But she loves her granddaughter deeply – and stonewalls Rikki about the family. She is afraid what will happen if Rikki’s memory returns.

Barbra Winer 

Barbra is Rikki’s best friend. She lives in Rikki’s building with her father and the step-mother who she bitterly resents. She has transformed herself from dorky into an Amy Winehouse look-alike. She distrusts the adults in her life.

Barney Appleton

Barney is the attractive boy in high school who has captured the attention of both Rikki and Barbra. He’s shy and withdrawn, which they at first mistake for being aloof. But Barney is being raised in a foster home after a history of physical abuse.

Evelyn Sherman

Evelyn is the Michigan neighbor who looked after Rikki as a child when her mother worked. Evelyn adores Rikki and though she has tried to stay connected, Rikki has never seen her letters or been allowed to take her phone calls.

Harry Aldon

Harry is a successful mystery writer in his mid-fifties who lives in Phoenix with his wire-hair fox terrier, Beetle. Harry has a fairly solitary existence, writing during the day while maintaining an ongoing inner dialogue with a lost lover. Beetle is the central figure in Harry’s life. His energy and focus are on his very senior dog.

Edward Heaton

Edward, is Harry’s New York City editor, who keeps Harry on pace with the development of his novels.

Lil Turner

Lil is the yoga instructor who lives down the street from Harry. She is vivacious, extremely attractive, and doesn’t listen very well. She has set her sights on Harry and is determined to bed him.

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