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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Notaro's chronicles of the idiosyncrasies of her life as a 20-something (The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club) and new wife (Autobiography of a Fat Bride) will cheer the arrival of this collection of all-new material updating them on the meticulously analyzed exploits of Notaro's mid-30s. Among these navel-gazing essays are the story of how, one day when Notaro had a cold, she blew bubbles out her nose upon meeting a new boss; a repetitive whine about the specific types of spam e-mail her sister sends her; details of her passing of some kidney stones; and even quotations from a "sucky" review of one of her books from Kirkus Reviews. No event is too inconsequential for Notaro to recount at length; no relative, friend, or acquaintance too insignificant, and yet reading this entire collection front to back won't leave readers with a single memorable character or episode. Notaro is at her best when she broadens her horizons beyond the quotidian mishaps of modern life and sets herself apart from her corporate colleagues (during a brief stint as a newspaper columnist) and the baby contagion luring her friends, one by one, to the perils of motherhood (she is 30-something, after all). On the whole, however, Notaro's is a comic gift in search of a subject.
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“[Notaro] may be the funniest writer in this solar system.”
The Miami Herald
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; Later Printing edition (June 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812969006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812969009
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Laurie Notaro was born in Brooklyn, New York, then spent the remainder of her formative years in Phoenix, AZ, where she created something of a checkered past. She is the New York Times Best-selling author of the humor memoirs The Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club, Autobiography of a Fat Bride, I Love Everybody and Other Atrocious Lies, We Thought You Would Be Prettier, Idiot Girls' Christmas, There's a Slight Chance I Might Be Going to Hell, The Idiot Girls and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, and Spooky Little Girl, which will be available April 13, 2001. She is a terrible typist, doesn't suffer Big Ikes very well, and lives under an assumed name in Eugene, Oregon where her neighbors believe she is writing about them, but she is not. She has a cute dog, a nice husband and misses Mexican food like a limb lost to diabetes.

Customer Reviews

She makes me laugh out loud, hard.
Joanne Harris
Her memoirs are just too funny and soo hilarious, you wonder if her family/life is really like that!
H. Coleman
I like the fact that the chapters are short.
Sheila M. Cage

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C2015 on August 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a long-time fan of Laurie Notaro's books I was eagerly awaiting her third book. The first book was started before we got out of the bookstore parking lot-fortunately the boyfriend was driving. I laughed so hard on the way home I had to race to the bathroom immediately upon arriving. The second book was read aloud in large part but I couldn't continue half the time because I was laughing too hard. Sections of book three? I couldn't even speak I was laughing so hard and all I could do was point to the passage I wanted my boyfriend to read.

Between Mrs. Notaro's (the author's mother) attempts at the internet and passion for QVC, aunt-guilt, awful work supervisors and goofy men Laurie Notaro captures those aspects of life that we wish we could relate even a quarter as well in the telling.

Not just for idiot action-adventure girls (see book one to determine if you are a member) this book makes a fine companion piece to my L.N. set and I look forward to enlarging the collection.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Meg C. Halverson on June 14, 2004
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I too am a fan of Notaro's other books and eagerly awaited the release of I Love Everybody. I have to restrain myself from reading the book in one sitting -- each piece is like its own bon bon, best appreciated alone. My favorite one thus far is an otherwise quotidian trip to Costco, in which Notaro valiantly attempts to love everybody as an effort to have better karma. In so trying, she short circuits and verbally accosts two women blathering in the all-important sample line, as well as almost runs down an innocent bystander with her "angry jazz hands". This is a well-written complement to her other books, and takes on different, more 30-something material with self-awareness and hilarity. Well worth the wait.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Camagal on June 25, 2004
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This third book again had my whole family laughing and shrieking in delight. Just as fresh, well written, and hilarious as Laurie's first two. Her writing style continues to mature, even as it retains the unparalleled uniqueness that is Laurie Notaro. Met her at a booksigning for this book. She is beautiful inside and out. She read some items from her fourth book - can hardly wait for it since we devoured this third one in 24 hours. You rock Laurie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jmz VINE VOICE on June 17, 2004
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I loved this book. There were some stories in the middle that make me (gasp!) actually think Ms. Notaro was losing her touch (too many "oh, I gotta hurry up and end this story"), but then came along the three-part tale of her trip to Disneyland with sis and nephew, and I almost lost it.
Do yourself a favor, and don't read this book in public. It's really awful to want to laugh hysterically (and yes -- you will want to) and you can't for fear that others will look at you weird. I was stifling my laughter on public transport and while taking lunch at my desk, and each time I sounded like I was desperate to start crying.
Anyway, that's just me.
I Love Everybody is just wonderful -- especially if you can relate to Ms. Notaro, which I can. I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one who really really tries to have "I Love Everybody" days and doesn't succeed. I too lost my given allotment of patience the first week I was born. I just love Ms. Notaro, if not for the humor she brings into my life, but because for awhile I don't feel like a loser since I know there are others out there -- just. like. me.
Enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa F. Packer on January 18, 2005
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Of all of her books, Notaro's latest venture, _I Love Everybody_ is certainly her best yet, and easiest for this 30-something to relate to. Anything about her mother's QVC addiction sends me into giggle fits, as my mother is much the same. The best chapter I've read so far, though, is the chapter about The Sims. If you have played The Sims you MUST READ this chapter. Tears were streaming down my face and I was hiccupping for air as I read. I tried several times to read it to my husband, but finally just thrust the book at him because I couldn't string a sentence together without laughing so hard it hurt.

Notaro is truly one of the funniest writers of our time. Her writing flows like a conversation with your best friend. Buy the book. You won't be disappointed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karen Delaney on June 13, 2004
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I love this woman. I read the first story in this new collection, and by the end I was in danger of requiring a box of the Extra Absorbent Depends! I was laughing so hard my husband asked me if I was going to pass out. I have loved every book since her first, Idiot Girls Adventure Club. Then Autobiography of a Fat Bride came out, and I rejoiced! Now this one...it's even better than the last! Her writing is wonderful, warm and funny and monumentally truthful. I can hardly wait for the next book! Meanwhile, I will read this one till the spine cracks (like I did her others) and enjoy every word! Thanks Laurie! You Rock!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2004
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Laurie Notaro is back again, delighting me and her other readers with her third book in as many years. Her writing is maturing and her life is just as funny as her stories in "Idiot Girls". The story about her trip to Disneyland made me put the book away so that I wouldn't embarrass myself on public transportation! I wish that Laurie got the credit she deserved - unlike David Sedaris, Laurie keeps coming up with fresh, new material that allows you to feel like you know her and makes you wish you did.
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