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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (P) (October 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380810468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380810468
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Kirkus Reviews

Though billed as fiction, these funny, full-bodied, sparely styled, strongly etched vignettes of Laura K`s student days in upstate New York seem clearly based on the authors life, especially the pieces on Lauras debuts as a standup comic, writer/performer on Saturday Night Live, appearances on Comedy Central, and as a dark-humored writer for Roseanne. Early stories tell of eighth-grade misadventures as she (bustless) and her closest friend (overbusted) make idiots of themselves doing a ``Carwash'' dance number and are crushed when gonged off the school auditorium stage. At 15, when she still hasn't begun her menses, the school nurse and family nurse both tell her not to worry: ``And, really, what could they have told me? To leave a tampon under my pillow?'' Her mother, divorced from her father for 16 years (he's remarried and has kids), still sleeps with him on the sly. Her family takes in a Spanish student for three weeks; she doesnt get along with Laura and is shocked by their unfashionable houseafter all, theyre Americans. When Laura wins the high-school Spanish contest, she has to go to Spain and (unhappily) live with her former guest's wealthy family. Her days as a standup in Boston and working with Tom Arnold on his new TV show and on SNL won't leave readers in stitches but will have them gritting teeth at her stitches of pain. Kightlinger knows what it's like to be kicked hard and save her tears for the bathroom. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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"Cutting and perceptive...she lets the funny come out in her rich detail." -- -- Punchline

"Memorable...her self-anger and introspection deepen this idiosyncratic and darkly comic debut." -- The New York Times Book Review

...her self-anger and introspection deepen this idiosyncratic and darkly comic debut. -- The New York Times Book Review, Susan Shapiro

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Customer Reviews

This is a very funny book.
Jennifer Pelkey
She is absolutely funny........laugh out loud funny her thoughts on life are great ....if your looking to enjoy a good short book this is the one!!!!
Colleen Marcum
And somehow I think I understand a little more about what it's like to be a woman, so that's a good, educational bonus.
Phil Morrison

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By drbenway225@hotmail.com on December 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
...No, REALLY. Because about 20 minutes after buying Laura's book I managed to slash my hand to ribbons while trying to change a burnt out florescent tube and I read it- all 173 pages- with my hand wrapped and bleeding into a t-shirt waiting for the nurse to call my name. Thank God I grabbed it on the way out the door. I've always been a fan of her stand up with it's dark and wonderfully warped humor, and while you get a fair amount of that here, you also get a lot of blunt honesty and painful moments. I'd compare it to Julia Sweeney's recent work, though maybe without quite as much cancer. Anyway, it's great and you NEED to read it. And I need a new copy. I got blood all over mine. Why do I think Laura would love that?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nick on April 19, 2000
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I was not expecting the high quality of writing and storytelling I found in this collection of shorts. Having seen Ms. Kightlinger's comedy at clubs and on TV I knew her to be one of the few truly unique and hilarious stand-up comedians not yet snatched up by Sitcoms and mainstream movies. I thought this would be some trite joke book. It is not. One is pulled through it, eagerly turning pages of ingeneous and emotional writing that strikes me as a mixture of Dorothy Parker and Woody Allen's early short stories. I literally read this book in one sitting. Every description is so perfect and often so painful. As for the critic who didn't "get it" and would recommend Jay Leno as a substitute, I guess there are those who should just stick to the safety of comedy I sum up as "guys are like this, and chics are like that". I will always prefer the catharsis of humiliating stories of persistance and expression as told by an artist who has completely succeeded in perfecting her craft. This book is a hidden treasure. I highly recommend it (to anyone with a real sense of humor).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Franklin Carroll on January 30, 2000
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This book is the best I have read of its kind. Its honesty is brutal and yet both charming and intensely moving. I found its comedy to be much greater than that that a less honest more "comedic" book might have ever hoped to produce. In reading this book and the numerous little "shots" of life it contains, I can promise you three things: You will laugh; you will be moved, and you will sympathize---perhaps being able to live your own life more stoicly for having seen her tribulations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on November 28, 1999
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Who would have predicted that a chronicle of life's dreadful moments would result in the funny and addictive page-turner that comic Laura Kightlinger has created here! Fortunately, Kightlinger is not afraid to share her most embarrassing and painful moments with us (from high school and family to stints on tv). Kightlinger has a hilarious, dark voice and don't-lick-your-wounds attitude. Her personal and off-beat stories are filled with shrewd observations and a brilliantly perverse, dark wit. Her stories are written with a no frills realism that unveils uncomfortable emotions familiar to us all, while her sharp-minded humor gives them an unconventional edge. This book is also an interesting chronicle of a performer's struggle toward success. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Risk on April 20, 2000
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This a brilliant book written straight from the heart. It has more substance and humanity than most humor writers have the guts to include (the exception being Drew Carey's Dirty Jokes and Beer). I (thankfully) read it in an empty room where my loud bursts of laughter caused little personal embarrassment.
I highly recommend this book to people with a taste for sharp, honest humor and who can appreciate someone who elegantly rolls with life's punches.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2001
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Laura Kightlinger is fabulous, squared. I don't care whether Quick Shots is an autobiography or short fiction, whatever it is it is delightful, and the only book I've ever read (of MANY) to be so frank and funny about the girlish growing pains of being (or believing that you are) untalented trailer trash. I guess I could relate. Someday Laura is going to be so famous, drag queens will impersonate her. You go, girl!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phil Morrison on December 4, 1999
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This author realizes first and foremost that we will laugh more at surprises than fulfilled expectations. The stuff in here is often painful - in a real, non-cynical way. And somehow I think I understand a little more about what it's like to be a woman, so that's a good, educational bonus. This is awesome tasting medicine for America.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hollywood Charles on February 20, 2000
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QUICK SHOTS OF FALSE HOPE is balls-out, laugh-out loud funny, funny, funny.
It's hard to review because describing 'funny' only makes it less funny. Imagine, maybe, the chick from WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE except she's funny and pretty. The book, while fiction, is written as loosely autobiographical. I can only hope that that most of it is exaggerated as it portrays one searingly painful and embarrassing chapter after another. But Kightlinger's writing is so refreshingly honest and funny that we're not too close to her pain that we have to cringe but not too far away that we can't identify with her strange journey. Maybe I never funked out to CAR WASH in front of the whole school but, well, close enough.
I'm not very good at this review stuff but this is the kind of book that makes me want to tell everyone to read it. I don't because people hate when you do that. So I'm posting this instead.
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