The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal
Laurie Notaro has an uncanny ability to attract insanity–and leave readers doubled over with laughter. In The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, she experiences the popular phenomenon of laser hair removal (because at least one of her chins should be stubble-free); bemoans the scourge of the Open Mouth Coughers on America’s airplanes; welcomes the newest ex-con (...more
And yet. This book had me truly, helplessly laughing out loud on several occasions, and for that, four stars are basically guaranteed.
I'm not saying it's perfect. Notaro's voice has strong echoes of Erm...more
i'm glad i gave this book a try. i have read almost all of laurie notaro's books, & i have pretty much hated them across the board. they are like reading a collection of dave barry columns, only not as funny. so i waffled a bit before i checked this one out of the library. finally i justified it because...it's the library. it's not like i was spending any money on it. & it worked out, because it is far & away her best book. she finally addressed her aggravatin...more
I'm fairly certain if I opted for laser hair removal, my experience would match Notaro's, if not be worse--which is probably why I'll never try it. Oh, and by the way, my primary care ph...more
I must confess, I never got around to reading her books. I recommended them shamelessly to others when her name came up, but I fe...more
I liked this book. It was a funny and enjoyable read. It wasn't Notaro's best book - some of her previous work has had me in stitches, and this book only had maybe on...more
I was laughing aloud by page nine, when Notaro describes her passion for dessert in "The Lodgers." While reading "The Uhhhhhmazing Dr. Wells,"...more
There is no doubt in my mind that many people would find Notaro funny. Her thoughts about her life should make lots of people laugh - especially women. Ho...more
I've heard this isn't her best book so I can't wait to download her others. I didn't care for the first stories (in fact, I'm glad I got past the first story b/c I found it kind of offensive) but I was hooked after the dog t...more
Also, this is not a good choice if you have severe anxiety about your pet's health, because the chapter where her dog dies (or almost dies, or whatever, I stopped reading because I couldn't handle it), isn't funny. There's nothing funny about dying pets....more
Finished this book on a lazy sat. afternoon while my children were doing end of the quarter homework/projects.
This book is a collection of essays from Laurie Notaro who used to be a columnist for the newspaper in Phoenix, AZ. She does have a unique way of writing about everyday things in a very humorous style. I don't think the jokes about the heat in Phoenix are relatable to someone that hasn't lived t...more
A few of the essays were laugh out loud funny. A few of the essays were...well it made me sorry for her husband.Overall I did enjoy the book. I enjoyed her wit and sarcasm, but I think that maybe she has a tendency to exaggerate and maybe if you heard her speak in person you would get that from her voice but reading it at times I wasn't sure, I'm hoping that she was exaggerating trying to make her stories funnier. Unfortunately at times where I hope she was exagger...more
Just a couple of personal note:
In the chapter titled "Ready or Not"...more
Once I wrapped my head aro...more
ps. if you have an iphone - this is one of the free random house books on Stanza. enjoy!