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); bemo... more »ans the 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.« less
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
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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.
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!
Either I wasn't in the mood, or this collection of humorous essays just isn't as funny as her "Housebroken" collection.
Many of the encounters Notaro describes this time around feel just a bit mean-spirited as she describes fellow cruise passengers, vacationing bird-watchers, and pooping seagulls.
Highlights of the collection are "Ready or Not" and "A Kung-Fu Person, a Tollbooth, and a Swinging Bridge in Less Than Twenty-Four Hours" which, believe it or not, are about pets -- specifically, losing one, acquiring one, and socializing a puppy.
Notaro's self-deprecating humor is her trademark, but it can grow a bit wearisome when taken in too great a dose.
This one was funnier than Autobiography of a Fat Bride. I think I'm just tired of reading this author cause most of this book I just didn't find that funny. don't get me wrong, a few of her stories got me rolling and the one of her dog Bella touched my heart but a little of Laurie goes a long way and I've had more than a little. my fault for reading her books back-to-back.