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Always on my list is a scrumptious delicacy from my mother's favorite Wax Candle Baked Goods store. I don't know where my mother found a wax store that specializes in baked-goods and pastry candles, but she did. Good job Mom! It's the perfect diet food, because biting into one is like biting into Jennifer Lopez's double-decker ass at Madam Tussaud's, kind of like sinking your teeth into a thick, dense bar of Irish Spring--without the flavor.
With some new and some best-of material (the venerable Jingle Bell piece about a Barney-obsessed neighbor is here), this volume covers many a family holiday at the Notaro household, with an amusing assortment of ill-adjusted siblings, in-laws, and that grand dame of dysfunction and buzz kill, Notaro's mother. Or at least the ever-so-lightly fictionalized version of Notaro's mother, who plays the foil to Notaro's perpetually underfunded, tortured, and sweetly Machiavellian self. The palpable and universal mother-daughter tension in their relationship is best mined in the chapter, "Oh Holy Night," or "The Year I Ruined Christmas," in which the n'er do well's daughter purse is lost, found, and returned home with a tire track across it and without Notaro herself:
"I was dead?" I asked my mother eagerly, trying hard to fight the urge to jump up and down in glee. "Oh my God. I can't believe it. This is fantastic. Did you cry?"
"Well, almost," my mother confessed. "But then again there was the relief of getting the second use out of your prom dress."
In the end, wit and clever revenge on dull party guests trump the rich, thin, and conventionally pretty girls every time. Notaro's Idiot Girl's Christmas is a holiday worth celebrating. --Megan Halverson
I've never heard of Laurie Notaro before I picked up this book, but I seriously enjoyed it. It isn't very long but the humor reverberates enough to keep you entertained the whole... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Sydney Miller
First of her books I've read, and she's hilarious! It was a fun read and I look forward to checking out some of her other books. Definitely a few LOL moments as I read this. Read morePublished 18 days ago by ATLGuy
This writer is so funny. I love her books. They make me laugh right out loud.Published 4 months ago by linda kibler
Naughty and funny ! Laurie is a fun read on a plane, on a train, or on a drive, (as long as YOU aren't the one driving!) I love her humor and cutting wit.Published 9 months ago by Mel46
I really love Laurie Notaro books, and this doesn't disappoint. Much like her others, funny vignettes from a funny life.Published 10 months ago by anne s.
Notaro's essays are outrageous! I was kicked out of bed for laughing out loud! If you feel like you're going to stab the next Christmas caroler you see with a sharpened candy cane,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Moore
Funny reading. Author is one of my favorites -similar to Amy Sedaris. I'm in my late 30s and the stories resonate wtih me.Published 12 months ago by Customer
Laurie Notaro is Laugh Out Loud funny. A small book, but totally worth keeping bedside. You won't regret the purchase.Published 14 months ago by jordon Corbett