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Here are more scathingly funny tales from the wild side! Laurie Notaro survived the debauched ride of her twenties and the bumpy road to matrimony. Now she’s ready to take on the thirtysomething years . . . and almost middle age has never been more hilarious.

Laurie is married, mortgaged, and now—miraculously—employed in the corporate world, discovering that bosses come in
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Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 8th 2004 by Villard Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jessie
Like so many other aspiring memoir essayists, Notaro tries too hard. Every paragraph in this book oozes with dragging and unfunny allegories, metaphors, similes, and comparisons. These sentences, especially when they’re nonstop, don’t enrich her writing; they get in the way of the stories she’s telling (which aren’t memorable or unique).

Instead of laboring over words to make an ordinary experience sound comical, the smartest writers in this genre share genuinely zany and unique stories and obser
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Cari
This book probably deserves five stars, because I can't remember when I've laughed so hard at anything. I guess what's keeping it from being five stars is depth. It's just a funny, kind of superficial read. There were several moments where I thought, all right already with the neurotic Italian girl schtick, but I just kept reading because no sooner had I thought that than Notaro made me laugh again, and laugh hard, out loud, on the subway, with people staring at me, like, belly laughs, grabbing ...more
Jill
I was very disappointed, especially after hearing how funny she is from my co-workers. You just can't trust people.
Youndyc
I'd love to be able to laugh at my life the way this author does, and then describe it that way to you. Laurie Notaro's stuff is occasionally hilarious to the point of snorting with mirth (admit it, you've done it, too), but mostly is milder humor of the look-at-how-absurd-life-is variety. It's fun! She reminds me of a friend of mine from graduate school who has a regular life like the rest of us, but who when she describes said life sounds like she is in the midst of a major comedy. I think my ...more
Carrie
This just didn't amuse me, EXCEPT for the chapter about how she played The Sims and made herself beautiful and her husband fat with a mullet so he wouldn't think he could cheat on her or anything, and then her Sim set the stove on fire while making dinner and caught on fire and died, and all her Sim husband did was stand there and scream. I laughed myself silly over that chapter.

Sally
4.5 Stars (goodreads-please allow us half star postings!!!). I contemplated higher, because I literally sat like a crazed person laughing to myself out loud while reading this over the last day. Please take it to heart that you should not be drinking anything other than water for fear of having it shoot out of your mouth while laughing, possibly staining some very nice summer clothes. Not that I'm speaking from experience here, but...

The book is designed as a series of experiences that I can onl
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Swaps55
Aug 03, 2007 Swaps55 rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The female gender
I'm usually not interested in the "chick books" that have become so popular recently (maybe they were always popular, but I've only taken notice of them in the past couple of years). You know, the witty, funny, celebrations of the modern women in all her success and tragedy. I think the appeal is that so many women can relate to these voices, these women, fictional or real, who live lives we recognize and are heartbreakingly and humorously honest about some of our most private thoughts and failu ...more
Erika
Update: Still thinking about this book incessantly! The incorrect grammar doesn't matter, if that is your "voice" when you're writing. I just finished The Old Man and the Sea, and Hemingway does his own thing too, and I wouldn't say he was a "bad" writer. Of course. However! Sometimes Notaro's writing doesn't sound like how I imagine her voice would sound, and it isn't correct grammar, so its a little jarring. If it had a flow to it, because thats how she thinks, I probably wouldn't have even no ...more
thefourthvine
I bought this one on the strength of The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death. Sadly, it's not as good as that one - and Flaming Tantrum I got for free.

Previously, my rule has been that if a book makes me laugh out loud, it gets four stars, period. I value laughter, and comedy is hard. This book made me change that rule, because it was such a weird blend of laughing and, well, cringing. While reading these essays, I found myself really, really hoping this was all an exaggeration, that she
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Nana
i'd heard some really interesting things about laurie notaro, namely that she was, presumably, the female david sedaris. she's not. david sedaris' stories are funny and irreverent and perhaps a little too honest, but ultimately they touch on some deeper issue in life--he'll lift you up in reverence, almost, and then promptly break you over his knee with something hilarious or crushing or just ridiculous. he has comedic timing and interesting stories.

laurie notaro is funny enough, but funny in t
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Daria
I was looking for a quick and funny read and picked up this book. It was definitely a really quick read! Based on the reviews I was really anticipating something of a higher caliber. Most of the stories in the book are just sorta blah for me personally and brought me little or no amusement at all. Some did make me laugh, but overall I didn't think the collection was as funny as I was hoping it to be.
Noelle
Laurie is one of my favorite authors and people.
The fact I am an idiot girl through and through makes no difference, even if I were one of those perfect girls (or boys!) I'd still love her and her books. It would be impossible not to. She and David Sedaris have to arm wrestle for the top spot for Noelle's out-loud-stuff-gushing-from-nose-guffaws.
Amy
Feb 12, 2008 Amy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: summer readers, easy laugh
so dumb. life is funny, but not worth this many pages. i guess maybe i'd rather talk to funny people than read their stories. every thing seems really exaggerated. boogers, bad interviews, bad dates. i dunno. not into it at all. too forced.
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
May 25, 2009 Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who has a sense of humor
Recommended to Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) by: Justine
Shelves: own, favorites
This is the funniest book I have ever read! I am not the type of person who laughs out loud too often while reading a book or ever when I am alone..however..this book had me laughing out loud several times!

Why did Laurie Notaro resonate so well with me?

Well..I think this is basically due to the fact that I felt like everything she was saying was all the things that I think on a daily basis and all the commentary that goes on my head in regards to people and situations..except she is alot more hi
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Rachael Quinn
When I think of female humor writers, my mind comes up with Laurie Notaro and Jen Lancaster first, probably because they are young enough for me to understand what they are talking about even if they are a little older than me. I mean, I love Jill Conner Browne but she has decades on me instead of just over a decade on me. Anyway, Notaro is definitely my girl. I love Lancaster but Notaro understands what it means to have to glue down everything in your yard and house. She has animals that poop j ...more
Julie Tillman
I've got to give this book five brilliant stars! This is Laurie Notaro at her funniest, for sure. Ever since Idiot Girls' made me convulse with laughter in public, I've been a fan. But I like this book better than the first two combined. I'd give it six stars if I could. I was a retired Idiot Girl when I found the first book, so there was a lot I could relate to from my `previous life.' I was married for 7 years before the second. But with the exception of having children, this is a book that I ...more
Jennifer Johnson
Laurie Notaro may not love everybody, but I certainly love her. This book was funny. Really funny. Laugh out loud funny. The kind of book you should have on your shelf to read when you need to cheer yourself up funny. I Love Everbody (and Other Atrocious Lies) is a collection of funny essays written by Laurie about her take on life. Whether she's talking about her sister's SPAM addiction (as in the crappy emails), a trip to Disneyland, or her QVC addicted, Catholic mother or career day, Laurie h ...more
Ana
I placed this in my comedy shelf, although really, doesn't something have to be funny to be considered comedic? I thought that was the rationale ;o)

I think this book's blurbs did it a disservice. Front cover claims:
"[Notaro] may be the funniest writer in this solar system." - The Miami Herald

Ahem.

Really?
Look, funny is subjective and all that, but 'funniest writer'? You're just setting yourself up for a downfall in having this splashed across the front of your book. And what's with the cover cho
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Natalie
If it is possible to outdo herself from her last book, she did. What I love about her the most, is she's cut from a mold that many REAL women can identify with.

She's like the Carrie Bradhaw of female writers, ONLY, she's the REALISTIC version, a size 12, and sometimes bigger, midwest-flavored, cussing, dirty-joke telling, snack-loving, zit-cursing, had-too-much-to-drink at happy hour, thrift store shopping, Gen-X'er woman.

And I LOVE her.

All her memoirs are the same, small chapters that feel like
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Michelle H
Hands down, this is my favorite Notaro memoir. I crack up just remembering the truck with a nutsack even years later. I also snort-laugh at her hypochondriac tendencies including her fear of Cancer of the Upper Asshole, how she and all students in journalism school choose whether to join the Barbies of broadcast or the hominids of print, blowing booger bubbles for bosses, and how she will humiliate her mother by naming her first child Sphincta.

She really seems to have hit her stride in this thi
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Kelly
You know those books that can be dissected, analyzed and viewed in multiple perspectives? This isn't one of them.

This is the kind of book that can be read in between chores, at lunch or on the ride to work. Short essays that are so funny you'll cry and then call your mom and tell her you aren't the only one who's ever went to class with their underwear hanging out of the bottom of their jeans because you were too tired to dress and just put on what you wearing the night before and when that sno
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Pea.
Dec 30, 2009 Pea. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
this was just the book to read when the chill of winter forces one to attach to the sofa with a heavy blanket... i laughed, i winced, i became more thankful for my mom, and i found the words to explain my sporadic disposition of annoyance and frustration towards my darling children and husband:
"In all honesty, I really wouldn't even identify myself as a mean person; rather, I would classify myself as a Pointer-Outer of Extraordinary Acts of Incredible Foolishness and, on Occasion, Rudeness. Som
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Karen Germain
I've said it before...I love Laurie Notaro! It's been a tough week and I wanted to read something uplifting. I knew that I could count on Notaro to pull though and make me laugh. In particular, I liked the "I Love Everybody" section, which included a very relatable trip to Cost-Co. There was also a great section on dealing with the abandonment of friends who have decided to have children. I feel her pain! I probably laughed the most on the section where she explains her grandmother's fascination ...more
Neha
I felt like I was reading a different book than the one other people on here reviewed. People mentioned laughing the entire time, but I honestly did not find it funny at all, and maybe once or twice gave a half chuckle. The author is obnoxious, rude, whiny, and unrelatable, and while she does get herself into some off-the-wall situations, they're all entirely of her own doing. There were occasional good one-liners in the book, but then she just goes on, and on...and ON, which completely ruins it ...more
Molly
So I was reading this on the beach and I had to shut the book and look away just to stop my body from shaking with laughter. Laurie Notaro is my hero. I love her because she writes about the crazy things we all do that we'd rather not have anyone else know about. I love her because she cannot change who she is no matter how good her intentions may be. She's the craziest normal person I've ever met/read. Can't wait to read her other books!
Robyn
Apr 08, 2008 Robyn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
What is there to say? This was another so-so hit or miss collection of essays from Laurie Notaro. After reading 'We thought you'd be prettier,' I figured I had to give her one more try to win me over - but again, I was disappointed. I actually think that I rolled my eyes more times than I laughed. I'm going to stick with Burroughs when I'm looking for outrageous situations and witty reflections. Thanks for trying, Notaro.
Liz
This book is not funny. The humor is forced, and the story lines are unoriginal. For example, she is not the first (although she claims to be) to rant about the fact that Disney characters don't wear pants. Also, the author's attitude makes me dislike her as a person. She doesn't come off as light-hearted and sacastic. She's mean spirited, annoying, and pathetic. Too harsh?
Debra Komar
There is no denying that Laurie Notaro is emotionally immature (as am I) but she revels in it and claims it as her own. I can't decide if she is an idiot (as she self-identifies) or is a genius. To be as emotionally stunted as she is in her writing, one would think you would have to be not terribly self-aware, yet her ability to step back and describe her own actions suggests she is well-aware of what is going on and is milking it for laughs. It is hard to "write funny" and not everyone is going ...more
Sam
I laugh out loud every time I read this book, which is usually in public.
Jason (RawBlurb)
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this is a book review.. seriously…

this is a topic i never thought i would write about. i have never been one for reading on the toilet. i am an in and out man. run in, drop a deuce, flush, wash hands, run away before the smell melts your face off. there is a reason that people i am friends with have always referred to trips to the gas chamber as “fighting a brown demon” or a “holy war”. who ever comes out alive, is obviously in the good graces of thei
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