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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); bemo...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400065035
ISBN-10: 1400065038
Publication Date: 6/24/2008
Pages: 224
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 53 ratings
Publisher: Villard
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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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.
curvymommy avatar reviewed The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal on + 59 more book reviews
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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!
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I love this author, but did not love this book. There was only one essay that I actually laughed out loud. I think she try's too hard in this book. Sorry gals, but this one is returning to the store.
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Readnmachine avatar reviewed The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal on + 1434 more book reviews
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.
ilovebooksanddogs avatar reviewed The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal on + 355 more book reviews
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.


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