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In Autobiography of a Fat Bride, Laurie Notaro tries painfully to make the transition from all-night partyer and bar-stool regular to mortgagee with plumbing problems and no air conditioning. Laurie finds grown-up life just as harrowing as her reckless youth, as she meets Mr. Right, moves in, settles down, and crosses the toe-stubbing threshold of matrimony. From her mothe ...more
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Published June 1st 2011 by Tantor Media (first published 2002)
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Carina
Meg, Laurie's coworker said after Laurie came in distraught over her gynecologist calling her fat,] ".... I have a nice story to tell you. There was a chubby girl in my class and she used to get made fun of all the time. Then, one day, she said something that I'll never forget. She turned around and told the skinny girls who were making fun of her, 'I'd rather be a happy Magic Marker than a toothpick with boogers on it.'

Oh my God.

"Who is the Magic Marker in this scenario?" I asked. "I'm the Shar
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Crystal
I've tried to read two of Laurie Notaro's books because I love funny/wry/awesome memoirs, but I just can't deal with her over-exaggeration and her endless ways to call herself fat and gross. Body snarking gets old fast with me.

"Each one of my hips has more shelf space than my refrigerator and freezer combined."

"I'm in the body of a white, hairless gorilla."

"I hadn't tinkled since the night before, and my bladder felt as heavy and big as a watermelon."

"I felt my fat, and particularly my two most
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Candi
This is my favorite Laurie Notaro book (so far). Notaro is simply hilarious, writing personal essays about her life that will make many women (including me) laugh in embarrassed recognition. There are so many, "YES, I've been there!" moments. Comparisons with David Sedaris are inevitable, although really, the main similarity is simply that both are funny enough that they cause rib pain.

I think this might be my favorite simply for the author's photo, which shows Ms. Notaro in her wedding dress,
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Julie Suzanne
This is the type of book I've been looking for! Recommended by a bookcrosser at a meetup, I went out and bought it the next day. Notaro's hilarious autobiography is broken into 1 1/2 - 3 page essays that I can read a bit at a time. I've been needing a book that I can pick up and put down when I can find a minute here and there to read.

Laurie Notaro's stories are about mundane daily occurrences that normal adults seemed buried in and would hardly take the time to discuss, but she turns them into
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Brianne
I just hated this book. It seemed like the author just sat down and said "I am going to write a funny, self-deprecating book" and then used that "humor" as a club to beat the reader with on every page. It's a 257 page definition of "trying too hard."

This may just be me nit-picking about semantics, but the constant "And then I said, 'Blah blah blah whatever I said!'" to his parents at Christmas dinner, and no you did not. There is no possible way that the author is going through life literally ve
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Meg
May 09, 2014 Meg rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes satire, those who aren't easily offended.
I'm busy with school these days so my luxury reading time is limited. Generally I have my nose in a textbook! Because my "goof off" time is so rare, and often disjointed (snatches of time here and there over a period of months), I need a luxury read I can easily pick up and put down. This book fit the bill. Each installment is meant to stand alone and is a small window into Notaro's wacky, wonderful, weird, and highly amusing world. This book had me crying from laughter at one point. She is an a ...more
Krista
Laurie Notaro's work is the best place to turn to for comic relief. Her sarcasm is to be admired! She writes about the absurdity of life and all the lameness that comes our way. If you are looking for a book to give a girl friend of yours as a gift - turn to Laurie.
Amanda
First book of her's and I laughed alot. She has a great way with words and is completely honest and self-deprecating. We're the same person really except I don't have a writing career. Yet.
Eleanor
Totally hysterical and irreverent! I loved it and can't wait to read another one of hers.
Meg
Amazing author. So real and honest. And funny!
Joey Brockert
You know this old lady sounds like me, self-deprecating and all. She is funny. I laughed out loud to read some of the stuff she wrote, and that is odd, I usually just enjoy the thought, not laugh. This is sort of a study in psychology: why is she so adamant about her weight or her job? In Phoenix, I can imagine her worries about her lawn. Only rich people have lawns in Arizona, though I heard it said (by a cousin) that lawns make the temperature go down (around a house), it stills holds: only r ...more
Lynda
This book is a true autobiography of Laurie Notaro. Actually, to call it an autobiography would be unfair. It’s more like a series of based-on-real-life-events stories.

Laurie is an odd woman, one I can identify with. She is funny and smart in her recollections of family and household antics.

I found the book similar to Candy and Me due to the efforts the author takes to distance herself from her readers and the one-story-at-a-time approach to writing. During the entire book, I’m not sure we ever
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Jess
Probably more of a 3 1/2 star rating, but I just had to round down on this one.

I just finished Notaro's first book, The Idiot Girl's Action-Adventure Club, which was a fun series of quick little anecdotes that made me giggle quite a few times. I dug into this one (her second novel) right away and was instantly overcome by deja vu.

I'm pretty sure these books are collections of Notaro's writings she did for her column, and we can tell. She repeats herself a lot, recaps stories we read only minutes
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Jessica
I found this book to be absolutely hysterical, so much so, that I was laughing so hard while reading it, the bed was shaking. The book is more memoirs from the author during the time she's dating her future husband, their wedding, and when they're first married. I find her writing style to be absolutely a riot, but what appeals to me, may not appeal to everyone. She's very self-deprecating and there's a lot of potty humor. Think farts and poop. Maybe that sort of humor is my level, but I do find ...more
Jennifer Meyers
I read my first Laurie Notaro book when we lost power for four days due to a tornado. One night, I sat in the dark, wearing a head lamp, reading, laughing, completely unmindful of the fact that we had to flush our toilets with buckets of water.

Two months later, we lost power again for four days. By day three, I knew what I had to do...read another Laurie Notaro book. Her stories sometimes shock me and make me laugh out loud at the same time. I have recommended her books to many of my friends wh
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Ciara
this wasn't great literature, but it was far superior to the execrable i love everybody. i have made it pretty clear in other reviews that i am not a big laurie notaro fan, but when it's sitting on the free rack at a library book sale, what have i got to lose? i mean, it took me about twenty minutes to tear through it. i am extremely dubious about the story that involves her diapers-clad nephew getting his first boner. i don't really think it's physically possible for children that young to get ...more
Beth Hatch
This woman is hilarious! When I first picked it up, I assumed it would be chapter upon chapter of some chick ranting about trying on wedding dresses and then eating too much sample cake. The chapters were little stories in themselves, all laugh out loud funny, about being a newlywed who basically lives in her husband's sweatpants and is trying to manage her life in marital bliss.

I loved every single page. Yes, even the afterward with a picture of her in her wedding dress with the caption, "As h
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Samantha
If you haven't read anything by Laurie Notaro then you're living a life devoid of humor. She has written a half dozen books, almost all of which I own and just get funnier as she goes! This particular book, her second, Laurie goes from being a single woman living the high life of a bar stool to a married old lady paying bills on time. Her little vignettes are laugh-out-loud hilarious, especially when talking about her husband who accepts her for the idiotic and mean person she is -- and still lo ...more
Clare
Apr 18, 2008 Clare rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Clare by: Jory Dayne
Shelves: read-in-2008
I bought this several years ago (I think Jory recommended it) and didn't find it as funny as I'm finding it now... she has a great turn of phrase. I wish the stories were longer, though-- I feel like I'm reading the archives of someone's blog, which is fine, it's just a little exhausting. The stories are usually two or three and a half pages.

And honestly, I find a lot of the stuff kind of repulsive... I think honesty is funny and refreshing, but I really don't need to read about her zits or her
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Toni Tortorello-Allaway


I loved this book. I knew nothing about Laurie Notaro nor had I read anything of hers before. But, I thought it looked funny, so I got it from my library. First, her writing is hilarious! She writes in such a way that I feel as if I'm sitting with her having a conversation over dinner or coffee. The analogies were so funny & creative that I had to highlight & make note of the ones that had me laughing out loud. I marked something in every chapter - literally.

Like I said, I knew nothing
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Victoria
Sophomore novels rarely surpass that debut novel in quality, but Notaro throws that assumption completely out of her way with this second collection of essays. It’s even more enjoyable than her first book, The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life. Be prepared to read it and laugh - some of the essays actually caused tears of laughter to roll down my face. It’s a really fun read. Yes, Sedaris continues to reign as the Master of the Essay, but Notaro’s ...more
Dawnn somerset
ok i was looking for a fluff, fast read funny book. I thought this was it, but yeah, no it wasn't. I mean some of the stories are funny, but i didnt find myself laughing out loud or anything. What i did get tired of was her self loathing. I mean how many ways can she find to say she is fat, and gross. I get it, it was the title of the book, but repeatedly it gets really old. I thought I was reading something fun and happy that would lift my spirits but i found this one dragging me down...
Charlotte Johnson
I picked up this book by Laurie Notaro because I was in the process of writing my own set of humorous personal essays and was ruminating about just how far I could go. Writing about the people in your life (and by people, I mean a husband, mother, and/or mother-in-law) is an Evil Kneivel kind of thing to do in any case. It takes a certain amount of bravery and a deficit of common sense. Writing about loved ones with the goal of making readers laugh can be especially terrifying, and, like jumping ...more
Cristi-lael
This book was a little hit or miss with me, but I think it's because I couldn't identify with some of her life experiences. Some of the stories I loved! Some I was meh about. All in all, it was enjoyable and I'm glad I read it. The last chapter made the whole book worth reading.
Mitch
In Laurie Notaro's 2nd book, (the first being "The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club") Laurie tells stories of preparing to get married and then stories after the wedding. Although the first book was hilarious with totally random stories, the first part of the book choronologically tells about getting ready for the wedding and then the wedding itself. After that, the rest of the book is full of random true tales, much like the first book. Because the subject of weddings often bores me, I was no ...more
Trudy
Aug 23, 2008 Trudy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Krista and Nicole!
I enjoyed this one more than the first one that I read (The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club...). I appreciate that there is a common theme running through this book versus the first one I read. This one is basically about growing up...

* meeting her boyfriend - while possibly having a booger hanging from her nose
* getting engaged - in the midst of a VD scare from an ex
* planning a wedding - while battling her mom for the rights to the decision making
* buying a home - and having her plumber use
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Lisa Knapp
I read this book a few years back but just thinking of some of the chapters can make me laugh. Truthful, unabashed humor. I found this book to be a riot and would highly recommend it of you need a few laughs. A definite summer read.
Melissa
Recommended by someone with whom I typically agree, but I was underwhelmed. Another of those writers who probably have been told all their lives "you're so funny . . . you should write a book!" and so they do. Not always worth the paper.
Lauren
I really do enjoy her writing. At first I was like, oh great here we go with the traditional complaints about the wedding preparation. However, it then transformed into additional funny stories that make it relatable for those who have yet to go through that process. I love how witty she is (and sometimes crude). Plus because this book is a compilation of short stories, it is easy to just pick up at any given time. (this also makes it difficult to put down... you may find yourself digging it out ...more
Leah K
I absolutely adore Laurie Notaro. This is the third book I have read from her and she has not disappointed me yet. Spanning from her early days of dating to her life of marriage, this book left me smiling and laughing. Not because her stories are over-the-top antics but because I can relate to them so much. This may be my favorite memoir from her so far. Her constant moments of “wait, was I supposed to become an adult at some point?”, her sarcasm, and her wit left me unable to put down this book ...more
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