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Have you ever wondered if the life of the woman standing next to you in the check-out line is as weird as yours? Could it be possible that you are trapped in a bizarre reality show, where the object of the game is to get the crazy lady to flip-out; just one more time? If so, then this book confirms that you are in good company. I Was In Love With a Short Man Once is a storHave you ever wondered if the life of the woman standing next to you in the check-out line is as weird as yours? Could it be possible that you are trapped in a bizarre reality show, where the object of the game is to get the crazy lady to flip-out; just one more time? If so, then this book confirms that you are in good company. I Was In Love With a Short Man Once is a story collection written from the perspective of a crazy, southern, Irish, gal. Follow her as she reflects on: growing up as a child of limited means in South Florida; managing a self-financed college education; balancing work as a federal official with the joys of single motherhood; and navigating the amusing challenges of being a second-time-around wife. Coming Up Stories reflect the distinctive surroundings of South Florida through stories such as "Flagpole." Jimmy Stories illustrate the bond between mother and son. Stories here include "Koolaid Mom" and "Zamboni" and reveal the life lessons that our children teach us. The Rest of the Stories round out the author's quirky observations, including "Naked in a Hot Tub in Vegas" and "Crazy Virgo Tendencies....

Title : I Was in Love with a Short Man Once: And Other Tales from a Crazy Southern Irish Gal
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Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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I Was in Love with a Short Man Once: And Other Tales from a Crazy Southern Irish Gal Reviews

  • Paakhi Srivastava
    2019-01-28 09:36

    I Was in Love with a Short Man Once: And Other Tales from a Crazy Southern Irish Gal is written by this southern Irish girl who had to keep this title for her collection of stories to stick to the rule of a fun game she played with her gal pals :) This says much about the author's sensitivity and responsibility in handling her relationships. This, I found was the theme that reverberated throughout the text. The stories provide glimpses of the cherished experiences of the author from childhood till adulthood. In her description of the good old times, I could identify with so many of her experiences like having a difficult (snob, irritating, hard to please) friend, the fashion trends that you observe at high school and considering to be a part of the herd or not and missing a very close childhood friend but not being able to find the time to reconnect. Some of the best times you spent with friends like labeling your alter ego was an instant reminder that lead to the appreciation of the fun I have with my friends. The author balanced the humor with brief lessons she conveys to the reader which was sweet. One of the experience that I really liked reading was the chapter called 9/11. It gave the perspective of a person who was not directly affected but it demonstrate how at that very minute and in the hours ahead reacted to the accident. Somebody who was not in the WTC was worried about her son, others were confused and the rest trying to check on their friends and relatives. How the accident changed people's life was described well in that chapter. I had not read anything with such a perspective up till now, and still I could identify with it quickly because my country is more under such threats and accidents. I still think that the book could be written differently, some different plot could have added an element of extra ordinariness to this otherwise just a collection of stories. I am saying this because I was expecting more of Irish tales, to read something unique about their lifestyle, rituals, secrets, etc. I did not expect it to be an autobiography with only a handful of revelations about the Irish community.Overall, I enjoyed reading some parts in the book and the others one.... I chose to enjoy the humor there. :)An e copy of this book was given to my by the author for an honest review.

  • Tejas Janet
    2019-02-01 03:40

    The book's title and intro set up an expectation for a different book than this turned out to be. The book I was hoping for was one with tales handed down from grandparents and parents from the "old country." Instead, this is a straight-on memoir focusing on the author, with the emphasis on her adult life. Her life story has its endearing moments and life-lessons that she shares with some humor and insight. These are qualities I can appreciate in a memoir, but I never got over the let-down of my disappointed expectations.But I feel like Dalferes can tick another item off her bucket list that she writes and jokes about - to write memoir and get it published. I think this is something she wanted to try her hand at, and her accomplishment is noteworthy though this wasn't a nail-biter, page-turner, tear-jerker, or anything else in the extreme. It reminded me some of Erma Bombeck, funny without real vitriole, which can be a pleasant change of pace. Turns out, unsurprisingly, that Ms. Bombeck is a favored author/humorist of "Kimba" Dalferes. Would rate about 3.5 stars.

  • Scarlett Rains
    2019-02-03 08:13

    Let me begin by saying that any book resembling a memoir usually sends me running, screaming, from the room. Yes, there are great memoirs out there. I’m just not a big fan of the genre. The default setting of memoirs typically is sappy, self-absorbed romanticizing about personal minutia that, truly, you had to have been there to appreciate. I was, therefore, pleasantly surprised by “I Was in love With a Short Man Once”. Kimberly Dalferes’ delightful collection of stories from her experiences pulled me in, bringing memories to mind I hadn’t recalled in years. This southern Irish gal has the gift for storytelling, even the Introduction made me smile. The concept of yearning to be a ‘broad’ had me laughing out loud. I totally get it. Truth be told, I ‘get’ Kimberly Dalferes. We are of ‘an age’. Meaning, we both lived through the weirdness of the 70’s. Dalferes takes the reader along when she looks back at the 70’s, and other periods of her life. Her stories about struggling for acceptance in Junior High reminded me of the painful shyness that made that time in my life so stressful, and later, how I became the only pantomiming cheerleader at our school: too shy to yell but needing so much to be part of the group that I faked it. Her mention of Wrangler jeans back then being a banner signifying one’s economic status really hit home. I had a pair (or three) of Wrangler jeans I wore when I tried to cross the tracks to fit in. It didn’t work. I might as well have had ‘dork’ branded on my head. The ‘mean girl’ who plagued Kimberly throughout Junior High brought to mind many from that time period in my life. The vulnerability she expressed in her recollections moved me. As did her poignant recounting of the loss of her beloved Grumps. In sharing her experiences, Dalferes balances somber reflection with just the right dose of humor. Her stories about high school made me remember those awful bell-bottom pants that tangled under the heels of my platform shoes. The tales she told of later years were the sort that many of us have experienced. I’m not going to give anything away but, I will say, my favorites involved Eric’s reaction, static cling, the drunken girls stumbling on the train, and the story of the birth of her son. (Having undergone three —yes, three!—inductions before the delivery of my last child, I can relate to being the insular pregnant lady, 9 months into her ordeal, who would just as soon poke your eye out as look at you if you asked that horrid question, “When are you due?”) And, I must mention the bat story! I cringed, shivered…almost yakked, then cracked up at the thought of giving a bat (a frigging BAT) mouth-to-mouth. And, that’s just a sampling of some of her stories, folks! There is so much to be enjoyed and appreciated in this book. I highly recommend it. See the full write up of this review at: http://scarlettrainsreviews.blogspot....

  • Rachel Abbott
    2019-02-07 09:35

    The Art of Storytelling is Alive and Well…This ‘Crazy Southern Irish Gal’ has definitely got the ‘gift of the gab’! Having been brought up in Florida during the seventies, she tells us about her life through a wonderful series of colourful characters, mishaps, confessions and events. I found myself completely drawn into her stories from the first page, recalling some of the personalities from my own childhood along the way.You feel privileged to have been part of her journey down memory lane. Her true gift of storytelling conjures up cleverly selected images from the seventies right through to present day. This book is well written, funny and covers the complete spectrum of topics and challenges we all come across in our daily lives, but we often take their significance or importance for granted. It handles sensitive issues with great openness, honesty and humour and will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling inside; wanting to reconnect with your past. In many ways this book is quite cathartic and it will make you think about some of the decisions you have made throughout your own life. It teaches us that sometimes it’s good to stop and recollect the simple things and take stock of who we are and what we have achieved; celebrate the positive, forgive and forget the negative and move on with your life.So what’s the deal with the title you ask? I won’t spoil it for you, all will be revealed, you will just have to clear your schedule, turn the Blackberry off and buckle up for an extraordinary heartwarmingly funny ride.

  • Sheri
    2019-02-19 07:15

    I Was in Love with a Short Man Once: And Other Tales from a Crazy Southern Irish Gal (Kimberly J Dalferes)I have to start of by saying I really love this title! Also I am about the same age as Author, and grew up in the same era, the 70's! So I totally related on so many levels.Kimberly gives us short stories on her childhood in southern Florida, up until her adult like in Washington D.C.She tells her stories with a comical take on life , which I found refreshing. When I was done with the book, I was left feeling happy and satisfied. I laughed so hard at some of the things she had to say, I never give spoilers, so you will have to read the book to find out.I look forward to more work by Kimberly J Dalferes

  • Betsy Ashton
    2019-02-05 09:13

    Kimberly Dalferes is a fresh voice in the realm of funny women who write about their own experiences. Think Erma Bombeck. Seriously. She's that funny.This collection of personal essays remind us that the bond between mother and son is precious from birth to, well, it's precious. Dalferes writes about how her first husband "helped" when she was in labor. Not much for actual support, he became the target of her yells when she was in hard labor. From the first time she yells the F-bomb until she holds her son in her arms, this story is so real any mother will be able to relate.With a college friend nicknamed Monkee and another named Dani, Dalferes writes about being naked in a hot tub at a hotel in Las Vegas. Thinking the spa was closed, the three drop their clothes and step into the tub. Unfortunately, the spa was not closed. A group of women entered, all clad in swim suits, and trap the skinny dippers. Two manage to escape with a bit of dignity in tact, but one ends up flashing her hoo haw at the newcomers.With chapter titles like "The Patron Saint of Parking," "My Water Broke Because I was Married To a Prick," and "Kool-Aid Mom," everyone will find something to like.Pour a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea and settle down to enjoy. One more thing: go to the bathroom before you read. Just sayin'...

  • Frankie Brazelton
    2019-01-26 02:38

    What can I tell you about this playful read without giving anything away? Reading this book felt like hanging out in the kitchen with a crazy verbose aunt after having midnight margaritas. Dalferes has a way of delivering her tales in such a style that you can almost hear her Southern voice. Each anecdote shared with her reading audience is told with such gaiety and whimsy, that her readers cannot help but laugh out loud. Each chapter relives moments of Dalferes’ life that were revelatory, sentimental, life-altering, and usually pretty damned funny. With chapter titles such as “My Water Broke Because I Married a Prick”, how can you not be entertained?! The author doesn’t shy away from embarrassing stories wither! You get all the ugly with the beautiful, from her childhood in South Florida, to her partying college years, and on up through marriage and motherhood. Her stories are heartfelt, and her lessons are poignant. I Was in Love with a Short Man Once is a vivacious book that is perfect for a spirit-lifting, grab-a-bottle-of-wine read! Received in exchange for an honest review to be posted on Books, Chocolate and Wine blog website:

  • Masquerade Crew
    2019-02-07 02:27

    ROY'S REVIEWCuriously presented for review as chick-lit this is an entertaining set of self-contained stories drawn from the real-life experiences of the author. Commencing with reminiscences from the author's childhood in Florida the book progresses through her high-pressure career to the point where she jumps off the hamster wheel into a more relaxed mid-age role of consultant/mother/wife.The book grew on me. At first it felt much like an indulgence, like the author had been egged on to write her memoirs. Family and friends feature heavily and I wondered why anyone else would really buy it.But it is better than that. It is well-written, with pace, and holds the attention. No wasted words, always moving along. Poignant in places, thoughtful, observant of others and the world about her. Increasingly amusing I finally laughed out loud at the sauna scene and again at the quiz on the cruise ship when the author abandons all dignity to win her team the forgettable prize on offer. I was thinking 3, then 3.5 but Ms Delferes ultimately gets a 4 for a well-produced and error-free book which I enjoyed. I'd like to see her try her hand at fiction.

  • Kay
    2019-02-15 09:40

    The most entertaining bevy of real-life stories I’ve ever read. Ever. And … they’re memorable, not cotton candy. With scenes so sharp you could cut yourself, laughs so bubbly you sneeze, this speedball tour of the unexpected curve balls of life is one you can open at random on a cloudy day and feel better. What was Dalferes’ proudest moment? (hint: it involves a saloon and comedy open-mic win). Also, only a small sampling: … the trouble a wedding bouquet can get into … achieving Kool-Aid Momship … and the one un-hilarious story, the one about 9/11 … just open the book to any story for a few minutes of insight, a few minutes of great fun, and a few laughs—you’ll be glad you did. And don’t miss “Naked in a Hot Tub in Vegas.”

  • J.P. McLean
    2019-02-10 07:22

    Antidote for a dull day. I Was In Love With a Short Man Once is a collection of both funny and poignant vignettes snipped from Dalferes’s colourful life. Memoirs aren’t my first choice for reading material, but a friend recommended it and I’m glad she did. Anyone who grew up in the 70’s will get a laugh out of the references, and Dalferes’s humour lights up the dark corners of growing up and facing the tough decisions we all must from time to time. Dalferes calls herself a “crazy Irish Southern gal,” and after reading her book, I would have to agree.

  • Julie Powell
    2019-02-23 08:41

    A great read full of insight and humour - I loved that! There are some poignant moments too, but it was great to read the 'funny side of things', especially regarding women's issues - one of my books being about the difficulties of being fat, so I could really appreciate the way this author tackled the many topics that women have to face.Highly recommended if you like to laugh...and enjoy good writing.

  • Laura
    2019-01-30 07:27

    This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

  • Megan Broutian
    2019-01-31 01:19

    Review posted on my blog:

  • Gena DeBardelaben
    2019-01-27 03:42

    eARC: NetgalleyWhat fun! Get yourself a copy, grab a glass of sweet iced tea, and get ready to enjoy yourself!

  • Marina
    2019-02-19 08:16

    The review was originally posted at Library Cat book blog.Excerpt:"Crazy Virgo TendenciesDo you like the astrological sign that you were born under? I hate mine. I was born a Virgo. The stereotype for a Virgo is fairly repressive: organized neat freak, control fanatic, bossy, uptight, reserved, careful. You get the picture. The problem is that I can sometimes be a version of all of these characteristics. I try really hard to not have to always be the one in charge. Somehow, I always end up as the soccer team mom, the committee chair, or the grocery shopper – always with a list mind you. At every place that I have ever worked, I eventually ended up pretty much in charge. It’s a sickness; Virgotitis. I swear, look it up. What I have discovered is that not everyone operates this way, and that fascinates me. Really, how do you manage to get through the day without a list? Lists are at the spiritual core of a Virgo. I have a list for everything: a daily to-do list, a shopping list, a Christmas list, a list of things that should be on my list. I just feel better once I’ve written it down on a list. As I get older I have come to depend on my lists in order to remember birthdays, appointments, and which day is garbage day. I appreciate my lists. No task is too big or too small to make it to a list. Looking back, I think I generally drove my staff and co-workers crazy with my lists. We would start each month with goals and objectives – really a fancy way of saying a list – and then end each month with a review of what we had achieved and what needed to be moved to the next month’s priorities – a priority list! The only person who ever loved my task lists of goals, objectives, time lines, and accomplishments was Katie, the best Assistant Director ever! I am sure she must have been a Virgo.Although it is a compulsion, we Virgos have been organizing the world since the beginning of time. I promise you, behind the building of the Pyramids, the construction of the Great Wall of China, and the writing of the US Constitution, there was, somewhere in the mix, someone with a to-do list. As much as the non-list makers would like to not admit it, you need us – and we need you to keep us from taking ourselves quite so seriously."I took this part of the book for an excerpt because it was so ME. I have a confession to make. I am a Virgo and I suffer from Virgotitis. This specific chapter describes me so well. I am so glad that I’m not the only one in this world, this woman is my Virgo-sister. I always have some to-do list, for almost everything, correction, I have to-do list for everything. Thank you, God, there is someone else like me.And something about the book. I Was In Love With A Short Man Once is a non-fiction, collection of memoirs. It starts from author’s early childhood and goes all over to her recent adventures. Some of her adventures were so funny that I was laughing aloud trying to imagine that scene. I previously mentioned that I usually read in the bus on my way to work. I must say that this book should come with a big warning: “Don’t read this in public”. People might look at you strange while you’re giggling behind the book sitting in the bus. Some of the chapters were full of emotions, some were sad, some were funny. But each one of them was full of love for the family and friends. I enjoyed author’s humorous style of writing. It’s a book for all generations. I was wondering what was the deal with the title. Was this “Crazy Southern Irish Gal”, as she calls herself, in love with a leprechaun? I must confess, that was my first thought. Well, you’ll have to read the book.

  • The Pursuit Of Bookiness
    2019-02-08 09:35

    I'm always dubious when someone refers to themselves as "Crazy". I don't know why but it always makes me cringe when someone says "I'm just so crazy!!" So I started to read this book with trepidation and I have to say I think the title tainted my whole experience of the book.Having said that I did enjoy most of the stories. I liked the way the author set out the stories with a bit of character background to add context, then the story and finally a wise word or two of advice.She shares some deeply personal moments like the loss of Grumps, which are tinged with sadness and her troubles a junior high, which are written in such a way that you feel privileged that she shared them with you making the author much more personable I have to say the are some funny moments in this book and the author is, as she claims, to be a storyteller and quite a talented oneBut, I couldn't quite put my finger on it but the book struggled to keep my attention I didn't find myself thinking about the book when I didn't have a chance to read it and I wasn't making excuses to stay in and read.For me, although a well written collection of stories about growing up it didn't captivate me.However, that could say more about me and the genres I tend to read than a criticism of this bookI received a copy of this book free of charge in return for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-24 01:37

    Not only is this collection of short stories laugh-out-loud hilarious and incredibly enjoyable, it is also quite inspirational. Learning about how Kimberly moved across the country for a job, worked as a single mother, survived 9/11 in Washington D.C., and then quit her job to find happiness are all wonderful stories of how we all have more inner strength than we even realize. And, the last chapter on how she named the book can't be missed! I am currently working on my memoir title due to her inspiration! My only complaint is that the supporting characters (her family and friends) are almost painted as too perfect. Her two year old only threw one tantrum? As the mother of a two year old myself, I found that a bit hard to relate to :)I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • SundayAtDusk
    2019-02-21 06:19

    Humor is so subjective. You never know when getting a book in the humor genre if it's going to be your type of humor or not. I did find some of the stories in this book funny, but many more seemed like they were written for family and friends. (Yes, please, please tell us all the names of your school friends and what you guys did at the beach in the summer! :) When the author was heading towards stories of her most beloved son, I thought: "Oh, no!" It turned out, however, two of the funniest stories in the book were about him. All and all, it was a fairly good read. Moreover, it's always interesting to run into someone who had the same type of bike you had as a kid--a purple spider one with a banana seat. I wonder if Ms. Dalferes' bike came from Sears, too.(Note: I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley and the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Sally Roseveare
    2019-02-17 08:43

    I WAS IN LOVE WITH A SHORT MAN ONCE by Kimberly J. Dalferes is a laugh-out-loud book, and yet a really sweet book, too. I’m so glad I read it. I almost didn’t because it’s a memoir and I seldom read memoirs. Dalferes writes openly about growing up, her outrageous college escapades, child birth and child rearing. You learn that she loves life, her family, and her friends. And you know what else? When you get to the end you find out how the book got its unique title. I can hardly wait for her next book to come out.

  • Tina Reynolds
    2019-01-26 07:13

    I was a bit baffled when I started reading this. I assumed that, judging from the title, she was from Cork or Waterford or somewhere. I couldn't grasp why she was nattering on about Palm Beach. Obviously, I got there in the end - she's American. From the South. Not from Ireland. Sadly, it was also a pretty boring read. Maybe if you knew these people the stories would be worth it!

  • Sarah
    2019-02-12 03:32

    Not really what I was expecting but was enjoyable and a welcome break from the books I usually read.*Huge thanks to Kimberly Dalferes, Booktrope and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review*

  • Dee Dee
    2019-01-30 06:23

    OkThought it would be funnier. I'm sure her son, Jimmy, is wonderful but it's a bit over the top regarding what an amazing and perfect, higher soul he is.

  • Andie
    2019-02-17 07:28

    So funny!

  • Barbara
    2019-01-31 02:32

    Very entertaining!

  • Linda Shilts
    2019-01-23 01:36

    Great book...funny, charming...very enjoyable!

  • Cindy
    2019-01-24 08:24

    Review coming soon.