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We Thought You Would Be Prettier: True Tales of the Dorkiest Girl Alive

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Staff Pick

Laurie Notaro is so funny it is scary. So funny, in fact, you'll wet your pants while reading the biting, hilarious essays in We Thought You Would Be Prettier. Or maybe that's just me. Move over David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, and even George Carlin — make room for Ms. Notaro.
Recommended by Danielle, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

She thought she'd have more time. Laurie Notaro figured she had at least a few good years left. But no — it's happened. She has officially lost her marbles. From the kid at the pet-food store checkout line whose coif is so bizarre it makes her seethe "I'm going to kick his hair's ass!" to the hapless Sears customer-service rep on the receiving end of her Campaign of Terror, no one is safe from Laurie?s wrath. Her cranky side seems to have eaten the rest of her?inner-thigh Chub Rub and all. And the results are breathtaking.

Her riffs on e-mail spam ("With all of these irresistible offers served up to me on a plate, I WANT A PENIS NOW!!"), eBay ("There should be an eBay wading pool, where you can only bid on Precious Moments figurines and Avon products, that you have to make it through before jumping into the deep end"), and the perils of St. Patrick's Day ("When I'm driving, the last thing I need is a herd of inebriates darting in and out of traffic like loaded chickens") are the stuff of legend. And for Laurie, it's all true.

Review:

"Humorist Notaro is the voice of the everywoman: she lives in the suburbs and has fairly familiar complaints, all of which she documents in this follow-up to her bestseller, I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies). Like a funny, if sometimes tedious, friend ranting about a bad day, Notaro chronicles her misadventures with New York cabdrivers, her addiction to eBay, her hassles with spam and her run-in with lewd teenage boys at the YMCA, all with a sharp, suburban wit. Her observations can be spot on, as when she observes, 'mummies have been found in both China and Mexico that have had more complex expressions on their faces than the empty facial canvas of the minimum-wage worker in the middle of a shift.' Unfortunately, the essays in this collection jump from one comedic stereotype to another. Tales of bad drivers, crazy family members and annoyances in airports have been told so many times that they feel somewhat stale. It also doesn't help that many of the essays reintroduce the same characters and incidents, which is fine for readers who want to dip in for an essay or two but aggravating for anyone reading the book from cover to cover. There are quite a few laughs to be had here, but the collection is best imbibed in small doses, as the anger that fuels most of Notaro's wit can be wearying." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[Notaro] expands her worldview to include the full panoply of life's indignities. The result is screamingly funny." USA Today

Review:

"Hilarious...[Notaro] is Dave Barry with ovaries, filing bizare and frequently humiliating reports on Life on the Goofy Side." The Miami Herald

Synopsis:

Ask the readers of Laurie Notaro's books and you'll get the same challenge: We dare you to read this book in public. In her most hilarious collection to date, Notaro presents more of her true-to-the-bone stories in the way that only a girl who used up all of her patience in the first week of her life could. Whether she's stuck in a driving school class that begins to resemble a cult recruitment meeting, begging her sister not to get involved with the obsessive phenomenon known as eBay by buying inane movie props, running over an illegal alien she mistakes for a potato with her car, or desperately wanting to kick the ass of a pet food store employee's ridiculous hairstyle, Laurie tells it like it is — warm, funny, real. Like all of Notaro's books, it's something that shouldn't be read in public unless you find being taken for a lunatic funny — which, of course, Laurie Notaro (who the Miami Herald says may be the funniest writer in the Solar System, including aliens) does. An everywoman with a twist of dork, she proves that even being a girl who isn't as pretty as strangers hoped can be a full-lung capacity, back-of-the-throat laugh exercise.

Synopsis:

Notaro presents more of her true-to-the-bone stories in the way that only a girl who used up all of her patience in the first week of her life could. An everywoman with a twist of dork, she proves that being a girl who isn't as pretty as strangers hoped can be an exercise in laughter.

Synopsis:

She thought shed have more time. Laurie Notaro figured she had at least a few good years left. But no-its happened. She has officially lost her marbles. From the kid at the pet-food store checkout line whose coif is so bizarre it makes her seethe “Im going to kick his hairs ass!” to the hapless Sears customer-service rep on the receiving end of her Campaign of Terror, no one is safe from Lauries wrath. Her cranky side seems to have eaten the rest of her-inner-thigh Chub Rub and all. And the results are breathtaking.

Her riffs on e-mail spam (“With all of these irresistible offers served up to me on a plate, I WANT A PENIS NOW!!”), eBay (“There should be an eBay wading pool, where you can only bid on Precious Moments figurines and Avon products, that you have to make it through before jumping into the deep end”), and the perils of St. Patricks Day (“When Im driving, the last thing I need is a herd of inebriates darting in and out of traffic like loaded chickens”) are the stuff of legend. And for Laurie, its all true.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812969016
Author:
Notaro, Laurie
Publisher:
Villard Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Humorists, American
Subject:
Humorists, American - 20th century
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.47 in 0.4 lb

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Product details 240 pages Villard Books - English 9780812969016 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Laurie Notaro is so funny it is scary. So funny, in fact, you'll wet your pants while reading the biting, hilarious essays in We Thought You Would Be Prettier. Or maybe that's just me. Move over David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, and even George Carlin — make room for Ms. Notaro.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Humorist Notaro is the voice of the everywoman: she lives in the suburbs and has fairly familiar complaints, all of which she documents in this follow-up to her bestseller, I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies). Like a funny, if sometimes tedious, friend ranting about a bad day, Notaro chronicles her misadventures with New York cabdrivers, her addiction to eBay, her hassles with spam and her run-in with lewd teenage boys at the YMCA, all with a sharp, suburban wit. Her observations can be spot on, as when she observes, 'mummies have been found in both China and Mexico that have had more complex expressions on their faces than the empty facial canvas of the minimum-wage worker in the middle of a shift.' Unfortunately, the essays in this collection jump from one comedic stereotype to another. Tales of bad drivers, crazy family members and annoyances in airports have been told so many times that they feel somewhat stale. It also doesn't help that many of the essays reintroduce the same characters and incidents, which is fine for readers who want to dip in for an essay or two but aggravating for anyone reading the book from cover to cover. There are quite a few laughs to be had here, but the collection is best imbibed in small doses, as the anger that fuels most of Notaro's wit can be wearying." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[Notaro] expands her worldview to include the full panoply of life's indignities. The result is screamingly funny."
"Review" by , "Hilarious...[Notaro] is Dave Barry with ovaries, filing bizare and frequently humiliating reports on Life on the Goofy Side."
"Synopsis" by , Ask the readers of Laurie Notaro's books and you'll get the same challenge: We dare you to read this book in public. In her most hilarious collection to date, Notaro presents more of her true-to-the-bone stories in the way that only a girl who used up all of her patience in the first week of her life could. Whether she's stuck in a driving school class that begins to resemble a cult recruitment meeting, begging her sister not to get involved with the obsessive phenomenon known as eBay by buying inane movie props, running over an illegal alien she mistakes for a potato with her car, or desperately wanting to kick the ass of a pet food store employee's ridiculous hairstyle, Laurie tells it like it is — warm, funny, real. Like all of Notaro's books, it's something that shouldn't be read in public unless you find being taken for a lunatic funny — which, of course, Laurie Notaro (who the Miami Herald says may be the funniest writer in the Solar System, including aliens) does. An everywoman with a twist of dork, she proves that even being a girl who isn't as pretty as strangers hoped can be a full-lung capacity, back-of-the-throat laugh exercise.
"Synopsis" by , Notaro presents more of her true-to-the-bone stories in the way that only a girl who used up all of her patience in the first week of her life could. An everywoman with a twist of dork, she proves that being a girl who isn't as pretty as strangers hoped can be an exercise in laughter.
"Synopsis" by , She thought shed have more time. Laurie Notaro figured she had at least a few good years left. But no-its happened. She has officially lost her marbles. From the kid at the pet-food store checkout line whose coif is so bizarre it makes her seethe “Im going to kick his hairs ass!” to the hapless Sears customer-service rep on the receiving end of her Campaign of Terror, no one is safe from Lauries wrath. Her cranky side seems to have eaten the rest of her-inner-thigh Chub Rub and all. And the results are breathtaking.

Her riffs on e-mail spam (“With all of these irresistible offers served up to me on a plate, I WANT A PENIS NOW!!”), eBay (“There should be an eBay wading pool, where you can only bid on Precious Moments figurines and Avon products, that you have to make it through before jumping into the deep end”), and the perils of St. Patricks Day (“When Im driving, the last thing I need is a herd of inebriates darting in and out of traffic like loaded chickens”) are the stuff of legend. And for Laurie, its all true.

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