Typical Notaro humor. You either love her or hate her. Personally I love her! This one made me laugh just as much as her first book did. She doesn't seem to be losing steam and I hope she keeps writing more books!
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Humorous Memoir/Essays: Funniest books I've ever read. I laughed at loud until people thought I needed help. It might be picked on by others for technical reasons, but it's perfect to me. Great for young women who shun girly chick lit, but I bet all women can identify with these stories of embarrassing school moments, humiliating adult moments, and sarcastic outrage at the too skinny too pretty too perfect people. Or too dumb. You have a tendancy to put your foot in your mouth a lot? This will make you feel WAY better about those painful memories. This is the second in a continuing series, first is The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club, after this one is Autobiography of a Fat Bride and then We Thought You Would Be Prettier.
For sarcastic drivel by a witty female, I prefer reading Jen Lancaster. This author seems to be attempting to pack too many metaphors and humorous blurbs into a sentence. I often felt like we needed to take a breath and were losing the point. End the sentence already. Less is sometimes more, especially when trying to make me chuckle. The many references to substance abuse were much in the style of Amy Sedaris. If you like that kind of thing.
Laurie Notaro does it again! Her books are soooo funny...I laugh out loud again and again. For those unaware of her books, she writes about things in daily life that all women can relate to, but she does it in such a funny, sort of sarcastic way. I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud...even in public. She's that good. In this book, she gets a real job, and a lot of it deals with that, although there are other things also. How many of us haven't thought about doing what she does when someone's dog (being walked by the owner)poops on her lawn and isn't picked up by the owner?...Laurie runs out with a pen and paper, asking for the owner's address so that the next time her dog needs to poop, she can bring him to his house. Laurie Notaro has no problem making fun of herself or her things, and as I've said, it is all stuff we can relate to. If you haven't read her yet, and you love laugh out loud books, give her a try.
This was a fun read. I was laughing from page one until the end.
Each chapter sort of stands alone (although later chapters sometimes refer to events in previous chapters). This is a great book for those times when you may be reading in short bursts. You won't lose the thread of the story.
I was really looking forward to this book but the author's effort of trying to make every sentence funny resulted in the hilarious parts losing a lot of their punch. Maybe if I'd read her first book it would have helped me believe the over-the-top characters (or caricatures) that she included as her family, co-workers and friends. I think I would prefer to read her as a columnist -- a little goes a long way.
Well, this was pretty funny - there were definitely a few laugh-out-loud parts. I especially enjoyed "The Sims" essay, but, overall, I thought that her second book has been her funniest. This third one felt a little too personal - she discusses her first book deal, choosing to not have children... I don't know - some sections felt too much like reading someone's diary, albeit a funny diary, but a diary nonetheless. Also, some of the essays were a bit redundant, with the same jokes appearing throughout. I guess, I would say it is on par with her first book.
There were a few stories in this book that made me laugh really hard, but overall i thought the book was a little annoying. It got really hard to read and I didn't finish because I found the author to be a little obnoxious and over dramatic.
Now I know what side-splitting laughter is. Many of the stories made me laugh so hard I pulled something or wheezed and gasped for air. One or two essays I thought should've been excluded from the book as pointless and not funny. Overall, if you liked "Idiot Girls", this one will not disappoint.
From back cover:
Here are more scathingly funny tales from the wild side! Laurie Notaro survived the debauched ride of her twenties and the bumpy road to matrimony. Now she's ready to take on the thirtysomething years. . .and almost middle age has never been more hilarious
While she definately has a great sense of humor, I wasn't a big fan of this book. I know it is more or less a compilation of events in her life, but I felt no investment and no desire to pick this book back up after putting it down. She seemed obnoxoius, overly critical and like someone else said..."over the top". Just a little much, in my opinion...it got annoying. I think I'm more apt to enjoy a memoir that actually has a story line to it. But if you are a Jen Lancaster fan, I imagine you'd love Laurie's narrative and sarcasm, as they are definately laughable.