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

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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 reckless youth, as she meets Mr. Right, moves in, settles down, and crosses the toe-stubbing threshold of matrimony. From her mother's grade-school warning to avoid kids in tie-dyed shirts because their hippie parents spent their food money on drugs and art supplies; to her night-before-the-wedding panic over whether her religion is the one where you step on the glass; to her unfortunate overpreparation for the mandatory drug-screening urine test at work; to her audition as a Playboy centerfold as research for a newspaper story, Autobiography of a Fat Bride has the same zits-and-all candor and outrageous humor that made Idiot Girls an instant cult phenomenon.

In Autobiography of a Fat Bride, Laurie contemplates family, home improvement, and the horrible tyrannies of cosmetic saleswomen. She finds that life doesn't necessarily get any easier as you get older. But it does get funnier.

Review:

"True, there's a lot of bathroom humor, but it's Notaro's odd take on the ordinary that's funniest." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Notaro tackles [all challenges] with the inimitable, acerbic wit and ruthless, self-deprecating candor that have deservedly earned her legions of loyal fans." Booklist

Review:

"Like so many writers who play up the woman-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown motif, Notaro is likely to appeal to a fairly narrow group of schadenfreude fans, who might empathize as well as sympathize, but are still laughing at her as much as with her." Tasha Robinson, The Onion, A.V. Club

Review:

"Notaro willingly opens the door to her oddball life, presenting the reader with quirky little vignettes laced with sharp-eyed observations on the ironies of life. As she dishes out her unique brand of outrageous humor, she also tosses out a few kernels of truth — the kind that hit the reader right between the eyes." USA Today

Review:

"[Nataro] may be the funniest writer in this solar system." The Miami Herald

Synopsis:

From the author of The New York Times bestseller The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club comes a sidesplitting tale of trying to live a grown-up life. This story has the same zits-and-all candor and outrageous humor that made Idiot Girls an instant cult phenomenon.

About the Author

Laurie Notaro has never written for Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, Lowrider, American Logger, Farm Show, or McSweeney's. She lives, and will probably die, in Phoenix, Arizona. Miraculously, this is her second book.

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emmejo, June 4, 2013 (view all comments by emmejo)
I read it in a day, and laughed so hard a couple times I had to set it down because my hands were shaking the book too much to keep reading! The author's absurdist sense of humor mixes with a tongue-in-cheek style of writing and hilarious caricaturization of the people around her. It may not appeal to those who are easily offended by some of her politically incorrect jokes and tall tales, but I think many others would enjoy it.
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Marie, June 27, 2007 (view all comments by Marie)
Laurie Notaro says right out loud what you're thinking but are too polite to say. Notaro has an amusing, snide writing style which slides down easily.

And just when you think you're getting a little tired of the snippy comments and clever phrasings, she makes you laugh right out loud. Then laugh again.

This is a really fun book and it just whizzes by, but don't read it in public unless you don't mind people looking at you like you're crazy.
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sneddy29, January 20, 2007 (view all comments by sneddy29)
If you read these book, beware, you will be laughing so hard your stomach will cramp and your eyes will gush, and you will be hooked on Laurie Notaro forever.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375760921
Author:
Notaro, Laurie
Publisher:
Villard Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Humorists, American
Subject:
Humorists, American - 20th century
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 14
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.04x5.22x.56 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Villard Books - English 9780375760921 Reviews:
"Review" by , "True, there's a lot of bathroom humor, but it's Notaro's odd take on the ordinary that's funniest."
"Review" by , "Notaro tackles [all challenges] with the inimitable, acerbic wit and ruthless, self-deprecating candor that have deservedly earned her legions of loyal fans."
"Review" by , "Like so many writers who play up the woman-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown motif, Notaro is likely to appeal to a fairly narrow group of schadenfreude fans, who might empathize as well as sympathize, but are still laughing at her as much as with her."
"Review" by , "Notaro willingly opens the door to her oddball life, presenting the reader with quirky little vignettes laced with sharp-eyed observations on the ironies of life. As she dishes out her unique brand of outrageous humor, she also tosses out a few kernels of truth — the kind that hit the reader right between the eyes."
"Review" by , "[Nataro] may be the funniest writer in this solar system."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of The New York Times bestseller The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club comes a sidesplitting tale of trying to live a grown-up life. This story has the same zits-and-all candor and outrageous humor that made Idiot Girls an instant cult phenomenon.
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