The Potty Mouth at the Table Author:Laurie Notaro Pinterest. Foodies. Anne Frank’s underwear. New York Times bestselling author Laurie Notaro -- rightfully hailed as “the funniest writer in the solar system” (The Miami Herald) -- spares nothing and no one, least of all herself, in this uproarious new collection of essays on rudeness. With the sardonic, self-deprecating wit tha... more »t makes us all feel a little better about ourselves for identifying with her, Laurie explores her recent misadventures and explains why it’s not her who is nuts, it’s them (and okay, sometimes it’s her too).
Whether confessing that her obsession with buying fabric has reached junior hoarder status or mistaking a friend’s heinous tattoo as temporary, Laurie puts her unique spin -- sometimes bizarre, always entertaining -- on the many perils of modern living in a mannerless society. From shuddering at the graphic Harry Potter erotica conjured up at a writer’s group to lamenting the sudden ubiquity of quinoa (“It looks like larvae no matter how you cook it”), The Potty Mouth at the Table is whip-smart, unpredictable, and hilarious. In other words, irresistibly Laurie.« less
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Laurie Notaro was the first non-fiction, humor author I ever read and I LOVED her instantly. Fast forward a few years and a couple of books and I have to say she's lost her luster for me. I'm not sure if I've gotten less snarky (doubtful) or she's gotten more cranky, but either way I was less than enamored by this book. She came across as petty, selfish and curmudgeony (yes, I made up a new word. Totally justified). There were some gems here - I'll always fear the deer and respect the pouf, but all-in-all it was kind of a sad and pathetic book. Definitely disappointing.