i love laurie notaro a lot

The Idiot Girls\' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy LifeOh, that’s right. I read another book. One down for 2007.
Per a recommendation by The Cuz, I ordered The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life from Amazon. I don’t even remember when it came in the mail, but I hadn’t opened it until recently. I started reading it less than three days ago and now I’m done. And now I want to read more from her right now. 

I only read when on the crapper, so my books stay stacked on my bathroom sink. But I liked this one so m much I found myself standing in the bathroom for no reason reading a chapter or two.

The chapters were short and that automatically made me a fan. But not only were the chapters short, they were also funny and so easy for me to relate to that it was almost embarrassing. Especially when I was relating most to stories of people being passed out in a stranger’s front yard.

I made some New Year’s resolutions. #7 on the list is read two books a month. I don’t even remember the last time I’ve read over 10 books in a year, let alone 24. I have a couple more here I need to finish up, but I want to ask for recommendations from you. You guys read, right?

David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, Judy Blume – these are the authors I love. In 2006, I already read books about strippers living in Minneapolis, a really badly misbehaved large dog, and dog trainers from Mexico, all of which I very much enjoyed. Short chapters, not a lot of thought, and some how related to me – those are the books I loved the most.

What’s a book you love that maybe I would love, keeping in mind the above information as well as my constant struggles in reading?


  1. Diz

    I failed miserably at reading two books a month in 2006. Maybe this year will be different.

    There’s a book I liked called “Why Girls Are Weird”. It’s about a blogger who fictionalizes her life and finds herself in a predicament. Totally not a good description, but the author is at http://pamie.com/.

  2. King Dork! King Dork! King Dork!

    If you went to high school you’re going to be able to relate. It’s my Frank Portman and was my favorite book from last year (and I read something like 40 books last year so he had a lot of competition).

  3. kaye

    I love her books, too – I think I have one (I Love Everybody [and Other Atrocious Lies])
    around here, or maybe its at my Mom’s?

  4. I second Jodi’s “King Dork” recommendation. I’m reading it, and I think you’ll like it.

    I’ve got “Autobiography of a Fat Bride”, Laurie Notaro’s second book, and I’ll send it to you, if you want it.

    You might also like anything by Sarah Vowell.

    Oh! You’d love “I’m Not Myself These Days” by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. It’s a memoir of his life as a drag queen in love with a male escort crackhead. It’s surprisingly funny and really, really weird.

    “America’s Boy” by Wade Rouse is the book I told you about over Christmas, about growing up gay in southern Missouri. Very good read.

    “The Year of Yes” was pretty good. Another memoir, about a woman who accepted every single date she was offered for a year. A little sappy at the end, but funny.

    “A Girl Named Zippy” and its follow-up, “She Got Up Off the Couch” by Haven Kimmel

  5. Kara

    Laurie Notaro is amazing. I discovered “I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies)” this summer accidentally, and could NOT stop laughing. I got “An Idiot Girl’s Christmas” for Christmas and it is also hysterical. She’s great!

  6. Dave Barry has two novels that are funny and very quick reads. My personal favorites are Anne Tyler (some of them), John Irving, Stephen King, Lawrence Sanders (the McNally series are campy detective novels, easy, silly reads, my guilty pleasure) and Sue Grafton.

  7. mac

    You might like Ron Rash, One Foot in Eden and A World Made Straight and I really like Mary Kay Andrews, Hissy Fit is a real good read, and I like her others also,but then this is just an old ladies opinion. Love You Auntie M

  8. How about a TC radio host writing about moving to New York? (Leap Days, Katherine Lanpher)

    I couldn’t stand her on Midmorning, but I must say I’m digging her book. Iife is strange like that I guess.

  9. […] After disclosing my resolution to read two books a month to my Work BFF™*, she said I might enjoy The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She said it was a quick read, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I brought in the Laurie Notaro book from last week and we did the geekiest thing I’ve ever done: BOOK SWAP. This was on Thursday (or maybe it was Friday) and I’m excited to say that I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower last night, which is why I was late getting to a party. (Mark this day down in history, please. Wendy was late to a party because she was reading a book.) […]

  10. […] We Thought You Would Be Prettier: True Tales of the Dorkiest Girl Alive. The title alone probably explains why I loved this book. If you’ll remember, I read Laurie Notaro’s first book back in January and absolutely adored it. That’s why I didn’t bat an eye when I picked up this one, and it’s the same type of book. Laurie tells stories that may or may not be slightly embellished. And I don’t care how true they are, because they entertain the hell out of me and I won’t be done until I read all of her books. […]

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