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Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthoodby Laurie Notaro
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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.
"True, there's a lot of bathroom humor, but it's Notaro's odd take on the ordinary that's funniest." Publishers Weekly
"Notaro tackles [all challenges] with the inimitable, acerbic wit and ruthless, self-deprecating candor that have deservedly earned her legions of loyal fans." Booklist
"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
"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
"[Nataro] may be the funniest writer in this solar system." The Miami Herald
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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