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Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  7,783 Ratings  ·  459 Reviews
The author of the New York Times bestseller The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club tackles her biggest challenge yet: grown-up life.

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
Paperback, 257 pages
Published July 8th 2003 by Villard (first published 2002)
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May 23, 2007 Carina rated it really liked it
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
Jul 18, 2013 Crystal rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
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
Jul 09, 2012 Brianne rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir, fail, humor
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
Oct 14, 2007 Candi rated it it was amazing
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,
Apr 20, 2015 Tricia rated it did not like it
I am super disappointed in this book. There were a few things that made me laugh, but as I read on I began to like the book less and less. Enough with the over-exaggerations, I have no idea what in this story was even true and what was just pure fantasy 'for laughs'. The tearing down of her body got pretty old quickly, there's only so many times you can whine about your thighs and hips before it gets annoying, thats what the majority of this book felt like.
Toni Tortorello-Allaway
Jun 10, 2012 Toni Tortorello-Allaway rated it it was amazing

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
Sep 07, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 13, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it
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
Beth Hatch
Mar 12, 2013 Beth Hatch rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2012 Meg rated it it was amazing
Amazing author. So real and honest. And funny!
Dec 12, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: grown-up
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.
Julie Suzanne
Dec 15, 2008 Julie Suzanne rated it really liked it
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
Aug 12, 2008 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it
I gave this sorry piece of literature two stars on amazon because I was feeling generous, but that moment has passed.
If this chick can get a book deal, then so can I. I kept reading because I am a hopeless optimist. Honestly, I lie. I kept reading because I hate to give up on anything. The book did have a few funny parts, but it seemed like an overblown exaggeration by a slacker who can't hold down a real job. We learn early on that she thinks hippies are dirty, but she goes on to describe her
Charlotte Johnson
Jan 08, 2013 Charlotte Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
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
Leah K
Nov 27, 2011 Leah K rated it it was amazing
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
Laurie Notaro does it again! So many great chapters! The one about buying a new bra was so hilarious! And can you imagine your gynecologist calling you fat and other disparaging remarks. Laurie actually finds a man who loves her despite all her faults AND possible scary things associated with her past. Oh her poor husband he puts up with a lot from her you just have to have sympathy for him, especially the toothbrush incident.

These books are so much fun and I don’t care if I look like a crazy pe
Kelsey Dangelo
May 25, 2014 Kelsey Dangelo rated it it was amazing
I have read this book at least twice before. I love Laurie Notaro. She is absolutely hilarious and has such a talent for hyperbole, comedic timing, description, and endearing self-effacing humor (as she faces all the things we all do). Because I recently got engaged, I had to reread her autobiographical account of her own courtship, engagement, and foray into married life. It was wonderful and so true. And a refreshing break from the hellscape of bridal magazine advice. Love her. Grade: A+
Il titolo è la cosa meno azzeccata del mondo. ma vabbè.
È piuttosto carino e divertente, anche se alcuni riferimenti non li ho capiti e a volte il ritorno su certi temi mi ha un po' stufato.
Ottimo per una seratina in cui non si ha voglia di pensare molto e di ritrovare quelle situazioni imbarazzanti che ci hanno colpite tutte.
Aug 31, 2014 Laurie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I laughed out loud and the Frank Sinatra/grandparents story at the end made me cry because it reminded me how much my grandparents have meant to me throughout my life. Great book Laurie Notaro!
Jan 26, 2008 Krista rated it really liked it
Shelves: would-read-again
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.
Lisa Knapp
Jun 28, 2014 Lisa Knapp rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 30, 2016 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Laurie Notaro book and it made me an instant fan. So funny. Even though it hit very close to home.
Deborah Pickstone
Jan 06, 2016 Deborah Pickstone rated it did not like it
Shelves: don-t-go-there
Vapid but thinks it's funny. I think. Why do some people think that others will be mightily entertained by their ego? This book screams 'Notice me! Notice me!'. I did and was unimpressed.
Apr 27, 2009 Eleanor rated it it was amazing
Totally hysterical and irreverent! I loved it and can't wait to read another one of hers.
Jul 04, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing
If you really want to laugh for a while, this is your book.
Nothing heavy here, just a hilarious look at life.
Jun 10, 2015 Christine rated it liked it
Enjoyable and funny, but I liked some of her other memoirs better.
Laurie Notaro's funny essays about married life are actually pretty spot on.
Mar 06, 2017 Angel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This to me is... just ok. Some parts I laughed out loud at others got a chuckle and some just make you go "hum?". At any rate it is was a good 'in between' book, and I always enjoy her writing.
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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