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The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal
The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death Reflections on Revenge Germophobia and Laser Hair Removal Author:Laurie Notaro Laurie Notaro has an uncanny ability to attract insanity?and leave readers doubled over with laughter. Need proof? Check out The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death and try not to bust a gut. — Join Notaro as she experiences the popular phenomenon of laser hair removal (because at least one of her chins should be stubble-free); bemoans th... more »e scourge of the Open Mouth Coughers on America?s airplanes and in similarly congested areas; welcomes the newest ex-con (yay, a sex offender!) to her neighborhood; and watches, against her own better judgment, every Discovery Health Channel special on parasites and tapeworms that has ever aired?resulting in an overwhelming fear that a worm the size of a python will soon come a-knocking on her back door.
In Notaro?s world, strangers are stranger than fiction. One must always check the hotel bathroom for hobo hairs and consciously remember not to stare at old men with giant man-boobies. And then there are the lessons she has learned the hard way: Though it may seem like a good idea, it?s best not to hire a tweaked-out homeless guy to clean up your yard.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer says that Laurie Notaro is ?a scream, the freak-magnet of a girlfriend you can?t wait to meet for a drink to hear her latest story.? With The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, Notaro proves she?s not only funny but resigned to the fact that you can?t look bad ass in a Prius. Don?t even try.
Barbara reviewed The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal on + 1123 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
A book of excess--too silly, too pointless, too artificial. Notaro has an admirably quick wit, and is queen of the (sometimes unsaid) snappy comeback, but the humor was too edged, and too edgy, to be enjoyable to me.
Let me preface this by saying I'm a HUGE fan of this author, and have loved all her previous Idiot Girl essay books. In fact, they are some of the few books that have earned "keeper" status - I don't swap them. This book did NOT disappoint.
HILARIOUS!! I was laughing out loud throughout, and I think I actually snort-laughed at one point even. The essay on "It's all good" was so so funny - I'm laughing again just thinking about it. The story of her adventures on a cruise ship - priceless! I could really relate to the whitewater rafting trip. I must be an idiot girl, because the author feels like a good friend to me. :)
I stayed up all night (despite the fact that I had to be up at 6am for work, even!) reading this, because I could not put it down. Highly recommended! :) Can't wait for her next essay book!
Shilo C. reviewed The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is the first of Laurie Notaro's books that I have read. I was hoping I'd like it, since I'm a big fan of Jen Lancaster's style. I was not disappointed. I really liked it, and I even caught myself laughing out loud at times.
Her stories are hilarious, relate-able, and well written. She writes what we all experience, and makes it funny.